IMG_2011 (1) Lila smlLila Kelly

Graduated Honours Student

Assessing knowledge about wild indigenous vegetables in Gansbaai, Western Cape
Supervisors: Assoc Prof Rachel Wynberg and Loubie Rusch

I am currently doing my Honours at UCT with the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science. I graduated from UCT in 2015 with a Bachelor of Social Science in Environmental Science and Psychology. I grew up in the small town of Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, but when I completed my matric, my family packed up and moved to Cape Town, which I have now called home for the past 4 years.

Having grown up with a love for plants, I have become fascinated with alternative food systems and the ways in which they can be harnessed for food and environmental security. For my Honours thesis I am looking at the knowledge systems about wild indigenous vegetables that exist within two communities in Gansbaai, a region with a definitive split between locals and Eastern Cape migrants. My hopes for my research are that it will be able to shape plans for wild food as agriculture development and education in food insecure regions. Ultimately I would like to get into the agriculture and forestry sector, finding practical solutions to the relationship between deforestation and agricultural expansion. I enjoy living an active and outdoor lifestyle, frequently practicing yoga, hiking and climbing. When it’s raining, I like to read, tend to my patio plants and dream about future travels.