Christine Chege

Dr. Christine Chege is an Agri-Nutrition and Food System Scientist working within the Food Environment and Consumer Behavior (FECB) Research Area. She has over 10 years of progressive experience working on sustainable and healthy diets, nutrition, Agri-Nutrition interventions, market systems, value chains, consumer research, linking farmers to markets, behavioral experiments, and private sector engagement. She has implemented projects in several countries across sub-Saharan Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Malawi, Rwanda, Zambia, Nigeria, Senegal) and Asia (Bangladesh, Vietnam, and Indonesia).

Christine has a PhD in Agricultural Economics (with a focus on Agri-Nutrition and food security) from Göttingen University, Germany. She has a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from Pretoria University, South Africa and a Bachelors’ degree in Agricultural Economics from Egerton University, Kenya.

Prior to joining the Alliance, Christine worked with the International Potato Center (CIP), focusing on consumption of bio-fortified vitamin A rich Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato (OFSP) especially by pregnant and lactating women and children under five. Before that, Christine worked with the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) where she focused on consumer acceptability for the Quality Protein Maize (QPM). She conducted behavioral experiments with consumers to understand their willingness to pay for the QPM and sensory testing to understand preferred attributes for the different QPM varieties. She also worked with Tegemeo Institute of Agricultural Policy and development.

Christine is a published author of numerous scientific peer-reviewed papers. Her current area of interest in research for development is ensuring sustainable and healthy diets for the resource poor consumers especially in the urban areas and strengthening value chains and market systems to offer nutritious, affordable and accessible foods to these vulnerable consumers.