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Her Excellency Tumusiime Rhoda Peace is the Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture at the African Union. Prior to assuming this portfolio, H.E Tumusiime held various senior positions in the Government of the Republic of Uganda, including Commissioner for Agriculture Planning and Commissioner for Women and Development. She is a holder a Bachelors’ Degree in Agricultural Economics, a Masters Degree in Economics, Planning and Managing Rural Development, and a Diploma…
Mounkaila Goumandakoye is the Regional Director for UNEP in Africa. Mounkaila joined UNEP from UNDP Drylands Development Centre where he started first as Policy Advisor and since 2007as Acting Director. Previously, he was Regional Coordinator for West and Central Africa of the United Nations Soudano Sahelian Office (UNSO).
Patrick Momoh-Nuwah Kormawa is the Subregional Coordinator for Eastern Africa (SFE) for the UN`s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). He also represents the Organization at the African Union (AU) and to the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).
Dr. Agnes Kalibata, from Rwanda, is AGRA’s President. Most recently, she was Rwanda’s Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI). In this role, she was widely considered to be one of the most successful agriculture ministers in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to that Agnes has held several leadership positions in the MINAGRI, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, and various other agricultural development organizations. She sits on various boards including the International…
Dr. Anthony Nyong is the Division Manager, Environment and Social Protection at the African Development Bank. He was previously head, Gender, Climate Change and Sustainable Development Unit at AfDB. He has been a senior program specialist in climate change with International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in the Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office in Nairobi, Kenya. Before joining IDRC, he was a professor of global environmental change and the director…
Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo is the Executive Director of the Accra-based Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) with almost 30 years of experience in food security and rural development domain. Prior to his assumption of his current post in July 2013, he headed the Agriculture and Food Security Division at the African Union Commission Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where his core responsibility was the development of continent-wide initiatives of…
Dr. Cosmas Ochieng is the Executive Director of ACTS. Dr. Ochieng has held various positions in a number of university, research, development and conservation organizations around the world. These include IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature); Technical University of Denmark (DTU - UNEP Risoe Centre); Lancaster University (Lancaster Environment Centre); Ecoagriculture Partners, IFPRI (International Food Policy Research Institute); ActionAid International (UK); IDRC (International Development Research Centre); Kenyatta University…

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The 2014 Africa Progress Panel report presents the two faces of Africa: robust economic growth and continuing poverty. But the report suggests Africa could change this duality by asking: how can resources make a positive impact on development? 

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