Chair: Dr. John Joseph Otim currently serves as Special Advisor on Agriculture and Veterinary Services, President of the Agricultural Council of Uganda (ACU), Chairman of Regional Farmers' Organizations Network (REFON) Steering Committee for Eastern and Central Africa, Chairman of the Agricultural Policy Network of Uganda (APONU) Steering Committee, Member of the National Steering Committee (NSC) for the Plan for Modernisation of Agriculture (PMA) in Uganda, the National Coordinator for Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa Initiative, and Chairman of the Advisory Committee of Community-Based Forum for Women Groups engaged in Food and Nutrition Activities. Previously, he served as Member of Parliament (MP) and Minister of Animal Industry and Fisheries. He lectured in the Faculties of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicines, Makerere University and Nairobi University respectively. He worked as Principal Research Officer and Deputy In-Charge of Research and Outreach Programmes in then Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. Dr. Otim earned a B.Sc. in Agriculture and M.Sc. in Animal Production from Makerere University, Kampala and a Ph.D. in Animal Nutrition and Veterinary Physiology from Saskatchewan University, Canada.
Dr. Akin Ayodeji Adesina is an agricultural economist, with several years of professional experience in African agriculture. He holds a B.Sc. in Agricultural Economics (First Class Honors) from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria and obtained a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University, USA. In 1988, he won the Rockefeller Foundation Social Science Research Fellowship, which initiated his career in international agricultural development. .He has worked in senior research positions in the International Agricultural Research Centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, including Assistant Principal Economist at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) (India and Mali: 1988-1990); Senior Economist and Coordinator for West Africa Rice Economics Task Force, at the West Africa Rice Development Association (WARDA) (1990-1995); and Senior Economist and Social Science Research Coordinator for the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) (1995-1998).. In 1998, he joined the Rockefeller Foundation, New York, as a Senior Scientist for Africa in 1998 and later served as the Representative for Southern Africa, based in Harare, Zimbabwe.. He is currently an Associate Director (Food Security) at The Rockefeller Foundation, based in Nairobi, Kenya. He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Partnership to Cut Hunger in Africa and the Advisory Board of the Agribusiness for Sustainable Natural African Plant Products (ASNAPP) program of the United States Agency for International Development.
Dr. Mohamed Ait-Kadi is president of the General Council of Agricultural Development, a high-level policy think tank at the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development, and Forestry of Morocco. In this position he has supervised the preparation of Morocco's 2020 strategies for agriculture and rural development, and has also served as acting Secretary General of the Ministry. Previously, he was director general of the Ministry's Irrigation Department, and managed a US$3 billion program. He is a member of the International Food Policy Research Institute's (IFPRI) Board of Trustees, governor and founding member of the World Water Council, member of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Global Water Partnership, member of the International Water Academy, member of the Club of Tokyo, honorary vice-president of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage, and member of the Scientific Committee of the International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies. He serves as well as Professor at the Institute of Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine Hassan II (IAV) in Rabat, Morocco. He is author of numerous publications on rural development, irrigation, and water management. He received a Ph.D. in irrigation engineering from Utah State University in the USA and a doctorate in agronomy from the IAV in Morocco.
Hon. Grace Akello has been minister of state for gender, labor, and social development (Entandikwa) in the Government of Uganda since 1999 and a member of parliament since 1996. She has been active in sociopolitical and cultural issues in Africa for more than 30 years. She advised on the setting up of a Presidential Commission to help resolve armed conflict in the Teso area of Uganda and to reconcile Teso to Uganda's National Resistance Movement Government. Subsequently, she served as secretary and then chair of the commission. She founded the Nile Book Service, which specializes in sending useful textbooks to African schools, and was a founding member of Teso Development Trust. She has served as a board member of Christian Aid, worked with the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Germany Agency for Technical Cooperation, and served as deputy editor of Viva, a Nairobi-based women's magazine.
Prof. Achi Atsain is professor of Economics and Econometrics at the University of Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire and a senior research fellow at the Ivorian Center for Economic and Social Research. He is also a member of the International Food Policy Research Institute's (IFPRI) Board of Trustees, president of the West African Economic Association, and a consultant to such agencies as the World Bank, the U.N. Development Program, the International Labor Office, the U.N. Industrial Development Organization, and the World Intellectual Property Organization. Previously, he was a presidential advisor and Minister of Employment, Civil Service, and Social Welfare in Cote d'Ivoire. He served as mayor of the city of Agou, and was a Member of Parliament for 10 years. He has published widely on such topics as macroeconomics, regional integration, and sustainable development in West Africa. Prof. Atsain received his Ph.D. in economics from the State University of New York at Albany, USA.
Dr. Glyvyns Chinkhuntha, a Malawian national, is Executive Director of the Freedom Gardens in Malawi. He has 21 years of farming experience among small- and medium-scale farming communities and has interacted closely with extensionists, researchers, scholars, and nongovernmental organizations in the farming sector. In addition, he has 15 years of work experience in administration and marketing in both the public (government) and private sectors. His consultancy experiences cover organic farming, small-scale irrigation technologies, community-based natural resources management, and environmental studies. He serves on several Agro-related boards at both national and regional levels. Chinkhuntha is the recipient of a Ph.D. (Honaris Causa) in Agriculture from the University of Malawi.
Dr. Josué Dioné has extensive experience in development policies, strategies, programs, and projects, with a special focus on agricultural and rural development and food security in Africa. Before assuming his current position in July 2001, he held several senior professional positions, including principal policy economist at the African Development Bank; senior research specialist and visiting associate professor of agricultural economics at Michigan State University; and regional program coordinator for institutional capacity building in policy research on agricultural development and food security at the Institute of the Sahel of the Interstate Committee of the Sahelian Countries (CILSS). A citizen of Mali, he holds a B.Sc. in agriculture and rural economics and an M.Sc. in agricultural economics from Université Laval, Canada, and a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Michigan State University, USA.
Dr. Baba Dioum has been the Coordinator General of the Conference of Ministers of West and Central Africa since 1991. Prior to that, he served as director of the Policy Agricultural Unit where he was in charge of writing policies on agriculture and as technical adviser to the Ministry of Rural Development, both in Senegal. He has had a varied career with emphasis on natural resources conservation, water issues, and agricultural policies. Mr. Dioum has served on several boards, including that of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), and was the founding member of the Executive Committee for the United Nations Programme for the Environment as well as a member of the Executive Committee of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Ato Newai Gebre-ab currently serves as chief economic adviser to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia and Director of the Ethiopian Development Research Institute. Previously, he worked as an economic adviser in the Office of the President, as consultant in the United Kingdom, and as field staff/consultant for various UN organizations throughout the developing world. During the 1960s and early 1970s, H.E. Ato Newai held positions at the Development Bank of Ethiopia and the Planning Commission. He has an undergraduate degree in Economics from Haile Selassie University in Addis Ababa and a B.Litt. degree in Economics from Oxford University in the United Kingdom.
Dr. Jochen de Haas is an animal scientist heading the Section for Rural Development and World Food Security in the German Federal Ministry of Economic Co-operation and Development (BMZ). From 1970 to 1974, he worked as an adviser to the Kenyan Ministry of Agriculture, and was stationed at the National Animal Husbandry Research Station in Naivasha. At this time, he was also the deputy head of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations' Sheep and Goat Development Project. He went on to work as a livestock scientist at the University of Bonn's Institute of Animal Breeding and Animal Feeding, joining BMZ in 1978. At BMZ, he worked in various capacities, including having responsibility for policy guidelines for agricultural and rural development and advising on international agricultural research programs. Jochen de Haas heads the German delegation to the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research.
Dr. Monty Jones currently serves as the first Executive Secretary of the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA). Dr. Jones is a citizen of Sierra Leone, who has spent the last 16 years of his career life working in international agricultural research for development. He has previously worked as a breeder at the Rice Research Station in Sierra Leone, coordinator of the IITA/USAID Cameroon rice program, and as WARDA's principal breeder where he developed the world renowned NERICA Rice. Dr. Jones's work on NERICA gave WARDA the prestigious CGIAR's King Badouin Award in 2000. In September 2001, he received the National Order of Merit of Côte d'Ivoire. Dr. Jones has a B.Sc. in Agriculture General from Njala University in Sierra Leone, and M.Sc. in Plant Genetic Resources and Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom.
Dr. Seyfu Ketema serves as executive secretary of the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA). Prior to that, he served as director general of the Ethiopian Agricultural Research Organization, Ethiopia's minister of Agriculture, and director of the Institute for Biodiversity Conservation and Research and National Coordinator of the Tef Commodity Research Institute of Agricultural Research in Ethiopia. Dr. Ketema served as head of various Ethiopian delegations in international conferences including the Second and Third Extraordinary Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture in Italy and the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, Argentina. Dr. Ketema obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Plant Breeding from the University of London.
Hon. Wilberforce Kisamba-Mugerwa is the minister of agriculture, animal industry, and fisheries in the Government of Uganda and a Member of Parliament. He is also a senior research associate with the Makerere Institute of Social Research, Makerere University, in Kampala. He holds a doctorate in agricultural economics and has a strong background in research, with particular interest in the management of natural resources for sustainable use and food security. He is a member of various research networks and regional and international associations.
Dr. Stephan Krall serves as senior adviser on international agricultural research and team leader of the Advisory Group on Agricultural Research for Development (BEAF) at GTZ. His main fields of work include consultation for the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) on international agricultural research, research and change management, and public awareness. He is also member of the European Coordination Group and the Working Group of the European Initiative on Agricultural Research for Development; member of the Steering Committee and Vice-Chairman of the German Forum on Research for Development; and member of the governing board of the Asian Vegetable Research and Development Center in Taiwan. Dr. Krall received his Dr. rerum naturalis at Humboldt University Berlin and a diploma in biology from the University of Hamburg.
Ms. Charlotte V. McClain joined the South African Human Rights Commission in August 1999. She focuses on socioeconomic rights and is responsible for Mpumalanga Province. She has been serving on the Commission's Children's Rights and Disability committees since 1997. Commissioner. McClain has always been involved with human rights issues, particularly for children and people with special needs. She was project officer on child protection for the United Nations Children's Fund. She helped draft provincial policy for street children in South Africa and convened a team to establish a national register for sexual offenders against children. She is a member of the South African Law Commission Project Committee on sexual offences by and against children, and was legal adviser to the Disability Desk in the Office of the Deputy President during 1996. Commissioner McClain has been a member of international delegations on child issues, disability institutes and steering committees and has consulted and researched on children's rights extensively.
Dr. Isaac Minde is a Tanzania agricultural economist with a Ph.D. from Michigan State University, USA. He was the chairman of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness at the Sokoine University of Agriculture from 1990-1993, and an economist with the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture from 1993-1996. He later joined the Agricultural Policy Research Unit at Bunda College, University of Malawi in 1996. He is now coordinator of the Eastern and Central Africa Programme for Agricultural Policy Analysis (ECAPAPA) based in Entebbe, Uganda.
Dr. Uzo Mokwunye has served as the Director of the United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa in Accra, Ghana since 1996. Previously, he worked for the International Fertilizer Development Center where he served in several capacities, including Director for seven years. Dr. Mokwunye has also served as Professor and Head of the Department of Soil Science at the Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria. Among other appointments, he is currently chair of the Governing Board of ICRISAT, member of the Advisory Board of UNDP Africa Bureau, first Editor-in-Chief of the Samaru Journal of Agricultural Research, a member of a panel set up by the Federal Government of Nigeria to study problems associated with handling of fertilizers and soil amendments, member of the African Hunger Working Group in the Office of Tecnology Assessment of the US Congress, and member of the Editorial Board of Fertilizer Research. Dr. Mokwunye received his B.S and M.S. from Ohio State University and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.
Dr. John Mugabe is executive secretary of the Science and Technology Forum of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) and former Executive Director of the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS). He served as Programme Officer of the International Diffusion of Biotechnology Progrmme of the International Federation of Institutes of Advanced Study (IFIAS), and directed the ACTS Biopolicy Institute in Maastricht, The Netherlands. He is a member of Kenya's National Council for Science and Technology (NCST), member of the Board of Directors of the African Conservation Centre (ACC) and member of the Board of Trustees of Sustainable Agriculture Centre for Research and Development in Africa (SACRED). He also serves on the International Curriculum Advisory Committee of the Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) International Inc., Imperial College, UK. He has consulted for many international agencies and is on the roster of experts for the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the GEF.
Mr. Harris Mule is a development economist and policy analyst. During his international development career, he has served as a planner in the Kenyan ministries of agriculture and planning, chief economist in the Ministry of Planning, and permanent secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Planning. He has also served as an assistant president of economic planning at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). During the last fifteen years, he has worked as an economic consultant in the fields of macroeconomic policy, economic governance, and agricultural development with several international organizations. Mr. Mule has long been involved in initiatives to strengthen capacity for policy formulation and analysis in Africa. Mr. Mule has served on the International Food Policy Research Institute's (IFPRI) Board of Trustees and is currently a member of its 2020 Advisory Council as well as chairman of the Regional Advisory Committee for IFPRI's 2020 Vision Network for East Africa.
Mr. James Mulwana is the managing director of Nice House of Plastics Ltd., a company he established in 1967. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Standard Chartered Bank Uganda Ltd., Member of the Board of Directors of the East African Development Bank, Member of the International Finance Corporation Business Advisory Council, and Chairman of the Private Sector Foundation. In 1988, he spearheaded the revival of the Uganda Manufacturers Association, serving as its Chairman until November 2000 and since then as Chairman of its Advisory Council. Over the past fifteen years, Mr. Mulwana has founded several new ventures including, Jesa Mixed Farm, Jesa Farm Dairy, and Nsimbe Estates Limited. He also served as Honorary Consul of the Royal Kingdom of Thailand to Uganda. In 1998, the French government awarded Mr. Mulwana the prestigious "Chavelier in the National Order of the Merit" in honor of his continued contribution in promoting the private sector.
Dr. Claude Nankam currently serves as Agricultural Program Manager at World Vision International. A native of Cameroon, he previously held the position of Director of the Agricultural Program in Angola, also for World Vision International. Dr. Nankam received his Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from the University of Illiniois, a B.S. and M.S. degree from the University of Dschang, and a M.S. from Iowa State University.
Mrs. Bongiwe Njobe is currently serving in her second term as the Director General of the National Department of Agriculture and has held this post since 1997. Previously she held the posts of Deputy Director in Programmes, Information, and Administration and Chief Director of Resource Conservation and Plant and Quality Control in the same institution. Ms. Njobe's past experience in agriculture covers farm management; academic work at the School of Agricultural and Rural Development at the University of Pretoria; business experience managing Whitbi Enterprises; and gender issues, land and agricultural policy matters through positions at the Agrarian Project (a policy management NGO), the ANC Land Commission, and the Foundation for Research Development. Ms. Njobe has served on the boards of various private sector, NGO, and parastatal organizations over the past 22 years. Her current appointments include Vice Chairperson for the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa and member of the South African Reference Group of Women in Science. She holds a Masters degree in Agriculture from Belgium.
Dr. Kanayo F. Nwanze has served as director general of the West Africa Rice Development Association - now known as WARDA, the Africa Rice Center - since December 1996. He has over 25 years of extensive experience in international agricultural research, research management, and development work in sub-Saharan Africa (Anglophone and Francophone countries) and Asia with the CGIAR centers, (An initial 12 years in West and Central Africa (Nigeria, Congo (DRC), Burkina Faso, and Niger (IITA/ICRISAT) and 10 years in India (ICRISAT)). Dr. Nwanze is a member of several scientific associations and a board member of several Africa-based institutions. In 2001, he was conferred with the title of "Commander of the National Order of Merit of Cote d'Ivoire" in recognition of his outstanding leadership of WARDA and service to the West African sub-region. Dr. Nwanze holds a B.Sc. in Agricultural Biology from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. from Kansas State University, USA.
Prof. Ruth Oniang'o was recently elected Member of Parliament in Kenya. She is a full professor of Food Science and Nutrition at Kenya's Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. She received her first and second degrees from Washington State University in the USA and her Ph.D. from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. Her research and consultation areas have included household food and nutrition security, women's nutrition, child health and community-level agro processing. She serves on the Poverty Eradication Commission of Kenya, is a member of the Monsanto Biotechnology Advisory Board, has been elected to the Board of the International Fertilizer Development Council, serves on the Executive Committee of the UN's Sub-committee on Nutrition, and is a member of the Board on Food Security and Sustainable Development of the Economic Commission for Africa. She is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Eastern, Central, and Southern African Association of Food Science and Technology. She is currently executive director of Rural Outreach Program, an NGO she founded about a decade ago as a way of bringing the university closer to the people and of mobilizing resources to enhance rural livelihoods. Prof. Oniang'o is editor-in-chief of a newly launched peer-reviewed professional journal: the African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (www.ajfns.net).
Dr. Hans-Joachim Preuss, a German national, is an agricultural economist. After postgraduate studies at the German Development Institute in Berlin, he began his professional career as a project assistant in Mauritania where he worked with the German Agency for Technical Co-operation (GTZ) in a rural development and irrigation project. He then moved to Benin where he served as a senior economist and head of mission of a rural development program. Returning to Germany, Preuss worked as lecturer at the Centre for Regional Development Research of the University of Giessen where he earned his Ph.D. with a study dealing with the management of development-oriented agricultural research in West Africa. As a senior management advisor, he then worked in the strategy planning unit at GTZ headquarters. For the last six years, he served as the Director of Programmes at Deutsche Welthungerhilfe (German Agro Action), one of the biggest private NGOs in Germany. In January 2003, Preuss was nominated Secretary General of Deutsche Welthungerhilfe.
Dr. Marco Quinones of Mexico completed his B.Sc. in 1963 in marine biology at the National University in Mexico City. However, he changed course soon after meeting Norman Borlaug and working with him under the Cooperative Program of the Rockefeller Foundation in Mexico. In 1967, he received a Rockefeller Foundation scholarship and completed his M.Sc. (1968) in cytogenetics and a Ph.D. in Phytopathology (1972), both at the University of Manitoba, Winnepeg. Dr. Quinones is a founder member of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), which he joined as a junior wheat scientist in 1963, becoming senior wheat scientist in 1968, and then director of the Durum Wheat Program from 1972 to 1975. During 1976-78, he served as leader of the Mexican Wheat Program at the National Institute of Agricultural Research. From 1978 to 1985, he was a private commercial farmer and an extension consultant to agricultural cooperatives in Mexico before he received a call from Borlaug to join the Sasakawa Global 2000 (SG 2000) initiative. Under SG 2000, he spent three years in Sudan as senior scientist, five in Tanzania as program director, and ten years in Ethiopia also as program director. Since 2001, he has been working as Regional Director for Africa for SG 2000. Author of many publications, he has helped train young scientists from Latin America, South East Asia, the Middle East, and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Dr. Mandivamba Rukuni, is program director for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, based in Pretoria, South Africa, and a national of Zimbabwe. Since 1980, he has been associated with the University of Zimbabwe, in Harare, where he continues to serve as a professor of Agricultural Economics. He was the University's Dean of Agriculture for six years, and has twice been a visiting faculty member of the Department of Agricultural Economics at Michigan State University. The co-author or co-editor of eleven books on food security issues in southern and eastern Africa, he has written or co-written three dozen book chapters, monographs, and articles in refereed journals on these topics. Prior to joining IFPRI's Board, he was an IFPRI research collaborator on a study of smallholder irrigation in Zimbabwe and chaired the IFPRI 2020 Vision Network for East Africa's Proposal Evaluation Committee. He has chaired several commissions and panels for the government of Zimbabwe, and been a consultant to many international organizations, bilateral air agencies, and private companies. He received his B.Sc. and DPhil degrees from the University of Zimbabwe and his M.Sc. from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom.
Mrs. Victoria Sekitoleko joined the Food and Agriculture Organization as a director and sub-regional representative for Southern and East Africa, based in Zimbabwe in 1995, a post she holds at the present time. Mrs. Sekitoleko has worked in the Uganda Development Bank (1973-1986); as deputy minister for Agriculture and Forestry in the Government of Uganda (1986-1988); and as minister of Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries during 1988-1995. Prior to going into politics, she was the chairperson of the Women's Non-Governmental Organization of Uganda.
Dr. Tobias Takavarasha is the Chief Executive Officer of the Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network of Southern Africa. In May 2003, he was appointed to a Presidential Land Review Committee to assist the Government of Zimbabwe to address land reform issues. In 1980, Dr. Takavarasha joined the Zimbabwe Ministry of Agriculture where he served as Farm Management Economist, Assistant Secretary for Agricultural Marketing, Chief Agricultural Economist, Deputy Secretary for Agricultural Policy and Planning, and Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Agriculture (later the Ministry of Lands and Agriculture). Dr. Takavarasha received his B.A. Hon. in Economics from Birmingham University, his MA in Agricultural Economics from the University of Leeds, and his Ph.D. in Agricultural Policy from the University of Zimbabwe. He has wide experience on regional and international agricultural policy issues and has published several papers on agricultural marketing and food security policies.
Dr. Joachim von Braun (ex-officio), a native of Germany, joined the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) as its director general in September 2002. Prior to that, he was director of the Center for Development Research (ZEF), which he helped to found in 1997, at the University of Bonn, Germany. Dr. von Braun headed the Department of Economics and Technical Change and was a professor in the Institute for Agricultural Policy. He was a member of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). His association with IFPRI includes seven years as a research fellow and three years as director of the Food Consumption and Nutrition Division. He worked in developing countries for many years and is known for his work on food security and mitigating and preventing famines. He has published widely in his various areas of expertise, including the economics of bio-diversity and biotechnology in low-income countries and the relationship of development to governance, trade, food and agriculture, and information and communications. He is currently the president of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE).
Ms. Rajul Pandya-Lorch (secretary), a Kenyan citizen of Indian origin, is head of the International Food Policy Research Institute's (IFPRI) 2020 Vision for Food, Agriculture, and the Environment Initiative. Before taking her current position, she was special assistant to IFPRI's director general, Per Pinstrup-Andersen. An IFPRI staff member since 1987, she has focused her research and communication activities on trends in and prospects for global food security and on policies to alleviate and prevent food insecurity, poverty, and environmental degradation, with particular emphasis on sustainable development in Sub-Saharan Africa. In recognition of her achievements, the American Agricultural Economics Association presented her, along with Pinstrup-Andersen and Mark Rosegrant, with its 2002 award for Distinguished Policy Contribution. Ms. Pandya-Lorch earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Wellesley College and a master's degree in public and international affairs from Princeton University.