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Dr Yanira Ntupanyama is the The Principle Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining responsible for the Environment and Climate Change Management. Accomplished track record in public service in environmental natural resource and climate change. Extensive network of external and internal relationships with key Government Organization, Cross Local Sector Organization, International Organization, International Bureau, NGOs, and Environment and Natural Resources Sector partners.Her ambition is to influence the…
Dr Ottichilo is currently the Member of Parliament for Emuhaya Constituency in the 11th Parliament (2013-2017) of the Kenya National Assembly. He also represented the people of the larger Emuhaya Constituency in the 10th Parliament (2008-2012). His goal as a Member of Parliament is to spearhead the implementation of the constitution and promote good governance for sustained economic growth in Kenya as per Vision 2030. He is also committed to…
Dr. Dennis Garrity is a systems agronomist and research leader whose career has been focused on the development of small-scale farming systems in the tropics. He is currently Drylands Ambassador for the UN Convention to Combat Desertification and Distinguished Senior Research Fellow at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Nairobi. He served as Director General of the Centre from 2001 to 2011.
Oluwafunmiso Adeola Olajide is a lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Ibadan. She obtained her first and second degrees from the same Department and University in 1997 and 1998, respectively. She had a brief stint working in the private sector before leaving for her doctoral studies in Agricultural Economics at the University of Hohenheim Stuttgart Germany under the auspices of the German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD) and…
Ernest Lytia Molua is a lecturer, Department of Economics & Management, University of Buea. He holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics, Georg-August-University Goettingen, Germany, MSc. in Natural Resource Economics, Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Copenhagen, Denmark, MSc. in Agricultural Economics, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria and BSc.in Agricultural-Economics, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria. He has published and consulted widely in the agricultural and trade in agriculture issues.
Ayalneh Bogale is Adviser in Climate Change and Agriculture at the African Union Commission (AUC) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Prior to joining the AUC in December 2013, he was Director and Associate Professor at the African Centre for Food Security of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He received his PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Humboldt University of Berlin (2002) and he holds a BSc (1986) and MSc…
 Michael O’Brien-Onyeka is the Executive Director of Greenpeace Africa. He joined Greenpeace in February 2012, after over 20 years working in Africa, Europe and the Middle East with a diverse range of non-governmental organizations, including Amnesty International in West Africa and in Europe; The African Child Policy Forum in Ethiopia; The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs in Iraq, and Oxfam GB in the Eastern, Central and Horn of Africa…
Dr. Asad Sarwar has 15 years of experience as a water resources manager / irrigation / drainage engineer.He has been involved in the planning, design and implementation of projects related to the management of surface and groundwater resources to increase crop productivity and maintain environmental sustainability.He has long been associated with the action research aimed at developing irrigation management and water conservation strategies for the water short areas and evaluating…
Founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal, Postharvest Technology Prof. Linus Opara is a Research Professor and holds the DST/NRF South African Research Chair in Postharvest Technology at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. His programme focuses on human capacity development and technological innovations to reduce postharvest food losses and quality maintenance. He graduated with degrees in agricultural engineering (cum laude) at the University of Nigeria and PhD from Massey University, New Zealand,…
Dr Amis is the co-founder and Executive Director of the African Centre for a Green Economy (Africege), a non-profit think thank and capacity building organisation based in South Africa. Prior to founding Africege, Dr. Amis worked as programme Manager for WWF South Africa, and as strategy consultant on water and climate change.
Odunayo Clement Adebooye is the Director of Research and Linkages at the Osun State University, Osogbo-Nigeria and also the Ambassador Scientist of the Germany Humboldt Foundation in Nigeria. Adebooye is a Professor of Agronomy/Plant Physiology and a holder of PhD from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He also holds Certificate in Tissue Culture techniques (United Nations University, Tokyo), Certificate in Cytogenetics (IITA, Ibadan) and Certificate in Food and Plant Analysis…
Dr Pak Sum LOW, a Malaysian, is Senior Economic Affairs Officer, Energy Resource Section, Environment and Sustainable Development Division, at the United NationsEconomic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). He was a Regional Adviser on Environment and Sustainable Development at UNESCAP from 31 May 2001 to 31 December 2007. During this period, he provided free technical and policy advisory services to 34 developing and least-developed member states…
Lucy Muchoki is a Kenyan and current C.E.O of Pan African Agribusiness & Agro-Industry Consortium, a Pan African platform that mobilizes and supports the African Agribusiness and Agro industry.
Daniel Gad is the owner and Managing Director of Omega Farms Plc. a leading vegetable production farm in Ethiopia. Omega Farms is engaged in the production and export sales of pre-packed exotic high value vegetables to the EU & UK markets.
Hon. Professor Ruth Oniang’o, a Kenyan with a PhD in Food Science and Nutrition. She has taught at the University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. She is also Adjunct Professor at Tufts University in the USA. Founder and leader of the Rural Outreach Programme, a Kenya-based non-governmental organization that supports resource-poor farmer groups.
Ken Kinney is the Executive Director of the Development Institute. He has specialization in Agroforestry/Agronomy, climate change and water, sustainable development, organizational development, process facilitation and training, policy advocacy and conflict transformation.
Dr Mohamed Bakarr is Senior Environmental Scientist in the Natural Resources Team of the Global Environment Facility Secretariat located at the World Bank in Washington DC. His professional expertise includes biodiversity conservation, integrated natural resource management, agroforestry land use, and ecosystem restoration. Although focused mainly on sub-Sahara Africa, he has experience from several countries in Southeast Asia and Latin America.
Mr Wakiumu, a Kenyan citizen, has over 15 years of financial sector experience, most of it at senior management level. Prior to joining AGRA, he worked at Amana Advisory Limited, first as manager and later as an associate director for corporate finance. Previously, he was a manager for capital markets at First Africa Capital, where he headed research on blue chip companies in banking, insurance and retirement benefits, and agriculture…
Christina is Action Aid International Project Manager working on international project issues of women's rights to sustainable livelihoods project in Ghana and Rwanda. The project is piloting low cost interventions to reduce unpaid care work among 5 400 women smallholder farmers. These include water harvesting, child care centers, advocacy for fuel saving technologies. The work involves advocacy for inclusion of these issues in the national plans and Comprehensive Africa Agriculture…
Dr. Alice Kaudia is the current Environment Secretary in the Republic of Kenya and works for the Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources. She has extensive experience in the field of community-driven natural resources management and conservation spanning close to three decades. At policy and strategic leadership level, she has coordinated the production and application of Kenya’s National Climate Change Response Strategy, the Master Plan for Conservation and Sustainable Management…
Tim Mugerwa is a Pan-African activist, researcher, writer, public speaker and a climate reality leader. He has over 8 years of professional experience in social policy based research and 15 years of Pan-Africanism activism. He is the first president of the African Youth Union, a Pan-African youth organisation that has reignited the spirit of Pan-Africanism and gave it a new meaning.
Dr. Richard Munang is currently the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Africa Regional Climate Change Programme Coordinator. He is also the UNEP Ecosystem Based Adaptation (EbA) for Food Security Focal Person. Previously he was the Policy & Programme Coordinator for the UNEP/UNDP Africa Climate Change Adaptation & Development (CC DARE) programme.
Dr Elias Takor Ayuk is the Director of the United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA). He has over 20 years experience in Sub-Saharan Africa on development issues including institutional capacity building, poverty reduction, food security, natural resources management, strategic planning and development funding.
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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