Governance & Leadership
Head of Markets and Harvest Management
Anne Mbaabu, a Kenyan national, holds a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Food Science & Technology (Processing and Control); and a Bachelors degree in Food Science and Technology, both from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. She is also finalizing her Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Strategic Management and Production & Operations Management at the same university. Currently she the Director for Market Access Program at the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), charged with market transformations to link smallholder African farmers of food staples to markets ( maize, cassava, sorghum, millet, grain legumes, bananas), promoting structured trading systems, value addition of food staples and directing investments into alternative uses of staples (feed industry etc.), and addressing issues to create an enabling environment for markets to perform efficiently.
Prior to joining AGRA, Mrs. Mbaabu was the Executive Director of the Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) in Nairobi, Kenya. She has undertaken various consultancies in management in the food industry with UNIDO, FAO, CDE-SIDA among others. She was previously the Managing Director of Proctor & Allan East Africa Ltd, a consumer foods manufacturing and marketing company and has held other senior management positions with Unga Group Ltd, Unga Feeds Ltd, and CPC Kenya Ltd. In total, Mrs. Mbaabu has more than 35 years of extensive involvement and experience in a wide range of food industry management, development areas in Small Medium Enterprises (SME), development work in the agricultural sector and commercialization of SME projects in Africa, institutional development, development and implementation of innovative structured agricultural trade systems and strategic planning with emphasis on Micro and Small Medium Enterprises (MSME’s), sub-sector value chain analyses and business development services, and training and counseling of SME’s.
Encountering Africa’s agriculture challenges in its cities’ morning traffic
By Anne Mbaabu Evidence of Nairobi’s ascendance to the status of major urban center, as is the case with other big cities on the continent, can be found in its near constant gridlock on the roads. And one common feature amid the long lines of crawling cars are roving “hawkers,” typically young transplants from the