Dr. Simon Kimenju was a GlobalFood member from 2011-2014. The information on this site reflects the status at the point of leaving GlobalFood.

Occupation after leaving GlobalFood
Post-doctoral research fellow, Tegemeo Institute of Agricultural Policy and Development, Nairobi, Kenya


Simon Kimenju


M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics, University of Nairobi, Kenya (2006)
B.Sc. in Agriculture, University of Nairobi, Kenya (1999)


Research Associate & PhD candidate
Subproject B3 (Link): Nutrition Transition

Professional experience and research areas

International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT), Nairobi, Kenya: 2005-2006, 2009-2011

  • Consumer preference
  • GM maize
  • Vitamin A maize
  • Impact of postharvest technologies

Tegemeo Institute, Egerton University, Nairobi, Kenya: 2006-2009

  • Agricultural policy making
  • Agriculture and livelihood diversification


a) Peer-reviewed publications or book chapters

  • Kimenju, S.C. (2018). Ultra-processed foods and obesity in Central Kenya. In Barling, D. and Fanzo, J., Advances in Food Security and Sustainability 3, 69-92. Academic Press.
  • Kimenju, S.C and Qaim, M. (2016). The nutrition transition and indicators of child malnutrition. Food Securty 8, 571-583.
  • Kimenju, S.C., R. Rischke, S. Klasen, M. Qaim (2015). Do supermarkets contribute to the obesity pandemic in developing countries? Public Health Nutrition. Doi: 10.1017/S1368980015000919.
  • Rischke, R., S.C. Kimenju, S. Klasen, M. Qaim (2015). Supermarkets and food consumption patterns: The case of small towns in Kenya. Food Policy 52, 9-21.
  • Chelanga, P.K., G.A. Obare, S.C. Kimenju (2013). Analysis of urban consumers? willingness to pay a premium for African leafy vegetables (ALVs) in Kenya: A case of Eldoret town. Food Security 5, 591-595.
  • De Groote, H., S.C. Kimenju, P. Likhayo, F. Kanampiu, T. Tefera, J. Hellin (2013). Effectiveness of hermetic systems in controlling maize storage pests in Kenya. Journal of Stored Products Research 53, 27?36.
  • De Groote, H., S.C. Kimenju (2012). Consumer preferences for maize products in urban Kenya. Food & Nutrition Bulletin 33(2), 99-110.
  • Morawetz, U.B., H. De Groote, S.C. Kimenju (2011). Improving the use of experimental auctions in Africa: Theory and evidence. Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 36(2), 263?279.
  • Kimenju, S.C., C. Bett, J. Wanyama, H. De Groote (2011). Farmers, consumers and gatekeepers and their attitudes towards biotechnology. African Journal of Biotechnology 10(23), 4767-4776.

b) Other publications

  • Kimenju, S.C., M. Qaim (2014). The nutrition transition and indicators of child malnutrition. GlobalFood Discussion Paper 53, University of Göttingen. www.uni-goettingen.de/de/213486.html.
  • Kimenju, S.C. (2014). The nutrition transition, supermarkets, and nutritional outcomes in developing countries. PhD thesis, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Göttingen. http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-1735-0000-0022-5F36-F.
  • Rischke R., S.C. Kimenju, M. Qaim, S. Klasen (2014). Supermarkets and the Nutrition Transition in Kenya (2014). GlobalFood Discussion Paper 29. http://www.uni-goettingen.de/de/213486.html.
  • Qaim, M., C.I.M. Andersson, C.K. Chege, S.C. Kimenju, S. Klasen, R. Rischke (2014). Nutrition effects of the supermarket revolution on urban consumers and smallholder farmers in Kenya. GlobalFood Discussion Paper 40. http://www.uni-goettingen.de/de/213486.html.