PhD in Anthropology
Dr. Charles Omondi Olang’o is an Anthropologist, currently teaching in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Maseno University. Currently, Dr. Olang’o is a Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI) in a World Bank funded project, Enhancing Gender Mainstreaming and Social Inclusion in Validation and Adoption of Climate Smart Agricultural (CSA) Technologies in Kenya. The project is implemented through a collaboration between Maseno University and Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO), in six selected counties namely; Kajiado, Tana River, Siaya, Busia, Kisumu and Kericho couties. The research project focuses on Six selected value chains namely; Apiculture/bee keeping (Siaya, Kajiando and Tana River counties), Cassava (Kisumu and Busia counties), Indigenous Chicken (Kisumu and Siaya counties), Sorghum (in Kericho and Kisumu counties), Finger Millet (Kericho County) and Tomatoes (Siaya and Kajiado counties). The specific objectives of the research include: firstly, to find out how gender roles affect adoption of CSA TIMPS in the six selected value chains, secondly, to identify and address socio-cultural and economic barriers that affect social inclusion in the CSA selected value chains and lastly, to enhance and strengthen gender and social inclusion in the CSA selected value chains in selected counties. The project acknowledges the fact that taking a gender-responsive and social inclusion approach to Climate-Smart Agriculture ensures that the socially differentiated roles, responsibilities, priorities and resources of producers at the community and household levels, are recognized and adequately addressed in the design and application of CSA so that both men and women and other marginalized groups can equally benefit.