East Africa Awards - Hall


Research Team


Ralph Hall


Dr. Ralph Hall

Associate Professor, Associate Director 

School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) at Virginia Tech




Jessica Agnew

Assistant Director for Research, Operations, and Program Management at the Center for International Research, Education, and Development (CIRED) at Virginia Tech


Mr. Joseph Mwangi Kanyua, 

Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Management at Egerton University



Embedded Research Translation Lead:

Nurvitria Kristofikova (Program Coordinator) 

Denny Halim (Impact Officer) 




Project Information

Exploring the Use of Blockchain Technology to Improve Food Security Through African Indigenous Vegetables in Western Kenya


Food Security    



Lead Institution:    

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Co-PI Institution:    

Egerton University


AgUtility Pty, Australia

Final Budget:    $236,849

Project Length:    18 months

Research Goals:

Explore how the application assists groups that typically face constraints in accessing economic or nutritional benefits from value chain upgrading (i.e. smallholder producers, women, youth, low-income consumers).

Embedded Research Translation Product:

Develop a smartphone application (app) using blockchain technology (BCT) for the actors in African indigenous vegetables (AIV) value chains (VCs) in Eastern Kenya.

Embedded Research Translation Audience:

This project will also target youth (men and women under the age of 29) to participate in the program and engage students from Egerton University to implement the program activities.