The Right to Food: A Welcome Trust International Engagement Fellowship

Project Period

January 2018 - December 2019

Project Partners

  • Welcome Trust

Dr. Elizabeth Kimani-Murage was awarded an International Engagement Fellowship from the Wellcome Trust to engage those in urban poor settings in Kenya on their constitutional right to food. The aim of public engagement is to help people connect with science and health concepts in ways accessible and relevant to them, and to create a culture of public-informed research for greater public trust and acceptance.

Public engagement with research and health concepts is a tool for enhancing impact, which is critical to realizing APHRC’s vision of transforming lives in Africa through research. Elizabeth is exploring the nexus between the right to food as stipulated in the Bill of Rights in the Kenyan Constitution and the lived experiences of urban poor populations in Kenya. The hope is that public engagement will enhance the communities’ understanding of the concept of their right to food and provide opportunities to explore potential strategies to ensure the Right to food for all Kenyans.


  • Dr. Kariuki Muigua, Nairobi University, Kenya
  • Prof. Claudia Mitchell, McGill University, Canada
  • Dr. Jennifer Thompson, McGill University, Canada
  • Prof. N. J. Madise, African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP)
  • Prof. Paula Griffiths, Loughborough University, UK
  • Bella Starling, Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Fellow, UK

PROJECT PERIOD: January 2018 – December 2019