John ‘Safari’ Ziro

John ‘Safari’ Ziro is an inspiring international leader in agriculture and development in the Kenyan county of Kwale, where he is the Director of Agriculture. There, Mr Ziro leads projects including risk reduction policy implementation to improve the resilience of the Kenyan agricultural industry and its primary producers. His work on climate change-resistant technology was adapted by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation and used around the world. 

Inspired by his hands-on experience at UQ Gatton, Mr Ziro invites community members to his farm to witness outcomes resulting from sustainable farming practises. This approach has driven growth in community farming in his region and has led to significant improvements in the lives of women and young people.


Gatton Gold Medal
Gatton Gold Medal for outstanding leadership in agriculture innovation and development to benefit communities in Kwale, Kenya and beyond.
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