Kelvin Shikuku

Scientist (Economist)


Kelvin Mashisia Shikuku is Scientist (Economist) at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) based in Nairobi, Kenya. Dr. Shikuku works with the Index-Based Livestock Insurance (IBLI) team and implements innovative research within the Sustainable Livestock Systems program. He holds PhD in Development Economics from Wageningen University, Netherlands and MSc in Agricultural and Applied Economics from University of Nairobi, Kenya. His research interests include innovation diffusion and scaling; the role of socio-technical, financial, and institutional innovations in climate risk management and economic development; estimating resilience of agri-food systems to climatic and non-climatic shocks; food safety including developing countries' willingness to pay for food quality and safety; seed systems and their contribution to agrobiodiversity and resilience; agricultural marketing and value chains analysis; and impacts assessment. He applies systems thinking and conducts economic field experiments, quasi-experimental, and non-experimental research to influence evidence-based policy and decision making. Dr. Shikuku currently serves at the editorial board of the African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics (AfJARE) and is a Review Editor in Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems - Climate-Smart Food Systems.