The Mazingira Institute creates “the opportunity to see tomorrow” through transforming urban farming attitudes and access in Nairobi.
Diana Lee-Smith lives and works in Nairobi, Kenya, where she was one of the founders of Mazingira Institute, an independent research and development NGO and carried out the first survey of urban agriculture in Kenya in 1985. Prior to retiring in 2005, she led the African Regional programme of Urban Harvest, an initiative of the Consultive Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). She is also a gender specialist and has published on these and other urban issues. Diana holds a PhD in Architecture and Development Studies. Currently, she is a Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health, where she is working on editing two books on urban agriculture in Africa.