Governance & Leadership
Dr George Bigirwa
Regional Head, East and Southern Africa
Dr Bigirwa, is a Ugandan national and plant pathology expert with a long career in creating and sustaining the links between public research institutions and private seed companies in the African region. Dr Bigirwa champions AGRA’s partnerships with farmers, farmer organizations, agricultural researchers, national and local governments, businesses and community leaders in the region emphasizes that these linkages are critical to expediting smallholder farmers’ access to new and unique solutions.
He is a past Chair of the Maize and Wheat Network for Eastern and Central Africa (ECAMAW) and the East and Central Africa Rice Research Network (ECARRN) and a member of on the Investment Committee for the African Seed Investment Fund.
Agribusinesses and African Smallholders Seize $1 Trillion Food Market as Meals Replace Minerals to Restart African Economic Growth, New Report
Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, 5 September 2017 – The power of entrepreneurs and the free market is driving Africa’s economic growth from food production, as business wakes up to opportunities of a rapidly growing food market in Africa, that may be worth more than $1 trillion each year by 2030 to substitute imports with high value food
Major Deals to Accelerate Africa’s Path to Prosperity through Agriculture Agreed at World’s Foremost Gathering of African Agriculture Leaders
Close to US$6.5 billion worth of investments in palm oil, pulses, potato and rice, mainly in West Africa, over the next eight years, were made and the new US$280 million Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa (PIATA) launched Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, Friday 8 September 2017 – Africa’s economic growth prospects received a major boost this
New US $280 Million Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa Launched
Four prominent organizations supporting African agriculture join forces in innovative strategic partnership to increase incomes and improve the food security of 30 million smallholder farm households in at least 11 African countries by 2021. Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, 5 September 2017 – The multi-million dollar Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa (PIATA) was launched today at the