Peer to Peer Learning Through SDGs

Fordham University London Center & Mentee

Beginning the month of October to November 2021, I participated in a Peer-to-Peer Learning Through SDGs hosted by Fordham University London Center in collaboration with Mentee Global Organization.  This project brought together young people from Fordham University London Center’s study abroad students and MENTEE’s participants from international marginalized communities to explore Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and create a collaborative online project. This peer learning project offered the participants a platform to meet each other, develop intra-cultural relationships and awareness while researching a sustainable development goal together and prepare a reflective and educational presentation on the select SDG

Being a Mentor at Mentee Global Organization, I was privilege to get an opportunity to participate in this project where I was paired with a student from Fordham University to undertake this project. Together with my partner, Katarina Fox from New York, USA, we researched SDG 12 on Responsible Consumption and Production. We particular focused on global food waste with comparative analysis of Nairobi and New York. From our research, it was evident that food wastage is huge both in USA and in Kenya. We found that in New York, USA;

  • About 18% of all waste in New York comes from food waste ending up in landfills, and
  • About 68% of all the food discarded is still edible, according to
  • The majority of this food waste is coming from manufacturers, grocery stores, and restaurants, though there is also food waste coming from farms in terms of fruits and vegetables
  • There is lack of consumption in relation to amount of food being produced and distributed
  • Lack of awareness/understanding on how much food is being wasted, how much money this problem is costing, and how this is impacting food insecurity further.

We also found that in Nairobi, Kenya

  • There is no proper post-harvest losses prevention mechanism to curb food losses.
  • There is lack of understanding on how food wastage impacts on food security.
  • There is poor attitude towards food preservation. People preferring fresh food thereby not
    making effort to preserve or consume food that is almost approaching its shelf

A number of solutions we came up with include;

  • Tackling Food Wastage at Consumer and Production Levels
  • Investing in Scientific and Technological Capacity
  • Low-tech innovations
  • Agricultural Diversification and Diversification of Livelihood Sources.

The project culminated into a virtual certificate award meeting hosted by Fordham University to appreciate the participants for their dedication and commitment

Here is the padlet for ALL the project outputs;

Published by Oduor Kevin

ODUOR KEVIN is a Public Health Specialist with considerable experience in the health care industry. He has worked in various organizations, leading projects and programs aimed at improving the health outcomes of people living with Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and the general population. Oduor Kevin is currently the Chief Programs Officer at Stowelink Inc, a youth-led organization with a single most focus on addressing the burden of NCDs. Oduor’s experience in project management is attributed to his work at Population Services Kenya (PSK) where he served as a member of the National Coordinating Committee for Kitu Ni Kukachora project. Further, in 2019, Oduor Kevin was appointed as Kenyatta University Campus Director by Millenium Campus Network (MCN) to supervise and lead Millennium Fellows in their Social Impact projects. During this assignment, he successfully supervised the fellows and delivered them for graduation under the banner of Millennium Fellowship.

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