Ken's fellowship centres on Global Food Security: specifically on how we can achieve SDG2 Zero Hunger with Zero Land Use Change. With a strong focus on sub-Saharan Africa Ken and The Centre are exploring opportunities for balancing the needs of rural households and conservation of biodiversity. Through a broad public-private partnership between the cocoa industry and the (inter)national R&D community we address major gaps in the knowledge base required to close cocoa yield gaps and alleviate pressure on tropical forests.
Ken’s research focuses on smallholder farming systems in sub-Saharan Africa, and in particular problems of soil fertility with emphasis on the temporal and spatial dynamics of resources within crop/livestock farming systems. He leads a number of initiatives such as N2Africa - Putting Nitrogen Fixation to Work for Smallholder Farmers in Africa. Ken is member of the Unilever Sustainable Sourcing Advisory Board and co-chair of the SDSN Thematic Network 7 on Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. Ken joined Wageningen University in 2001 after holding professorships at Wye College, University of London, and the University of Zimbabwe.