Academic title
EfD Center

Ateka, Josiah

Dr Josiah Ateka holds a PhD in Economics (Agricultural and Resource Economics) from Kenyatta University. He currently teaches Environmental Economics at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Nairobi, Kenya. Josiah is also a Research Fellow at the Environment for Development (EfD), Kenya.

Research interests

His research interests are in the Agriculture–Food–and Environment nexus, in a developing country context. In his research, he has analyzed opportunities for improving participatory forest management (PFM) in Kenya. He has looked at willingness to pay for forest conservation and incentive based natural resource management schemes. He is currently involved in research on the effects of PFM on food security and nutrition outcomes. Josiah is also involved in the mapping of carbon footprint in the Kenyan plantation and smallholder tea sector. 


Involved in supervision and committees (examination) of Ph.D., Masters Thesis (10+) and undergraduate projects (30+).

Grants and consultancy

  • The impact of payment for ecosystem services on livelihood outcomes in Mt Elgon, Kenya.
  • Impact of the Farmer Field School (FFS) for Capacity Development Project for Sustainable Forest Management in the Republic of Kenya, 2019- JICA/JKUAT
  • Assessing the impacts on the welfare of the Forest Investment Program in Mexico. The World Bank, 2018-2019.
  • Impact of Women Empowerment Policies on Nutritional Outcomes in Kenya (2018 – September 2020).  Africa Economic Research Consortium (AERC).
  • Landscape analysis of seed and grain market size for high iron beans among selected value chain actors (2021) HarvestPlus and Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN).
  • Mapping the nexus between WASH/WRM programming and Education, Health and Environment sectors in Kenya (2020-2021). Kenya Water and Sanitation Civil Society Network (KEWASNET).
  • Capacity building for interdisciplinary and collaborative agroecological and sustainable food systems research in Kenya’s National Agricultural Research Systems (2021). Biovision Foundation

Policy engagement

  • Formulation of the National Water Resource Management Strategy (2018-2026). Ministry  of Water and Sanitation, Government of Kenya
  • Formulation of Kenya National Agroecology Strategy (2023-2027). Inter-sectoral Forum on Agrobiodiversity and Agroecology and Ministry of Agriculture.

Curriculum vitae

People | 29 January 2020