Ms Esther Waruingi, is an agricultural economist with a background in environmental economics. She has a master’s in Agricultural and Applied Economics from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. Her Master’s thesis is on the impact of participation in payment for ecosystem services on household welfare. Her major research interests include natural resource management, (through community participation, and payment for ecosystem services), climate change, sustainable food systems and digital innovation in agriculture. She has experience in the use of various econometric approaches in impact evaluation and is also knowledgeable in valuation of ecosystem services through contingent valuation.
Esther is currently a research officer at International Food Policy Research Institute. She has been a member of Environment for Development, Kenya (EfD) since 2022 and seeks to make contribution in the themes of forestry, conservation, waste and agriculture. She is also a member of the African Association of Agricultural Economists.