Staff

Caroline Bosire

Name: Caroline Kerubo Bosire
Department: Water Engineering and Management
Phone: + 31 53 489 2286
Phone Secretary: + 31 53 489 2286
E-mail: c.k.bosire@utwente.nl
Position: PhD candidate

Postal Address
University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Civil Engineering
Department of Water Engineering & Management
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede

CURRENT RESEARCH AND PROJECT

Title: The water and land footprint of meat and milk production and consumption in Kenya: Sustainability and food security.
Period:
2011-2015

Summary
The interaction between socio-economic and ecological systems determines the level to which human demand on nature can continue to be sustained by the earth. This is most evident in the presently escalating consumption across the globe, attributed to increasing population and economic growth, and the concomitant changes in the levels of natural capital. These increases in population and income, and the associated urbanization and changes in consumption patterns, put pressure on production systems to adopt technologies that enhance production.

To date there have been very few coherent overviews of the interaction between these socio-economic: population increase, urbanization, economic growth, consumption pattern and productivity advances, and biophysical: fresh water and land, aspects of the earth. To provide insights into the interplay between demand for meat and milk and changes in water and land use towards meeting the demand we use two sustainability indicators: Water and Land footprints.

EDUCATION

  • 2011-present: PhD candidate, University of Twente. The Netherlands
  • 2004-2007: MSc, Biolology of Conservation, University of Nairobi, Kenya

AWARDS

  • 2002: Tropical Biology Association Course at Kibale forest in Uganda.
  • 2003: A Fellow on an Earthwatch project in Ghana.
  • 2004: Research Methods in Savanna Ecology Course at Mpala Research Centre in Kenya.

PRESENTATIONS

  • The water and land footprint of meat and milk production and consumption in Kenya: Sustainability and food security. Presented at the Right Livelihood Center Workshop on Food security and sustainable agriculture, Bonn, Germany. 13th May-4th June 2015.
  • Implications of dairy policies on the current and future land and water use in Kenya. Presented at the CTA-ILRI African dairy value chain seminar, Nairobi, Kenya. 21st-24th September 2014.
  • Spatiotemporal variability and trends in water and land footprints of meat and milk production systems in Kenya. Presented at the Global Water Sustainability Program (GWSP) conference Bonn, Germany. 19th-21st May 2014.

PUBLICATIONS

  • Caroline K. Bosire, Joseph O. Ogutu, Maarten S. Krol, Mohammed Y. Said, Jan de Leeuw and Arjen Y. Hoekstra . (2015) Trends and spatial varioation in water and land footprints of meat and milk production systems in Kenya. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment.
  • Kibue M., Bosire C., and Kamuri A. Kaputiei Open Plains Project (KOPP) Livestock Value Chain Analysis.