Governance & Leadership
Co-Chair, Programs Committee
Rodger Voorhies is Managing Director of the Agricultural Development, Financial Services for the Poor, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene teams within the Global Development Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In this role, Rodger leads the foundation’s efforts to alleviate hunger and poverty for millions of farming families in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia by increasing agricultural productivity in a sustainable way; make high quality digital financial services widely accessible to people living in the poorest parts of the world; and bring groundbreaking innovations in sanitation technology and new ways to deliver sanitation products and services to people in the developing world.
Rodger lived for nearly 20 years in emerging markets. He worked extensively in Africa and Eastern Europe to establish and grow successful and sustainable microfinance organizations with client-driven organizational cultures that delivered innovative financial services to poor households and communities. He served most recently as the CEO of Opportunity Bank of Serbia where he managed the bank through a successful turnaround, using data to reach small holder farmers. He also founded Opportunity Bank of Malawi, the first commercial microfinance bank in Malawi and grew it to become one of the largest providers of financial services in the country using alternative delivery channels (e.g., biometric smart cards, mobile banking). Today, nearly one out of every five Malawi families has a relationship with the bank.
University of Ghana releases three new WACCI hybrid maize varieties
Accra, July 3, GNA – The National Variety Release and Registration Committee (NVRRC) of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture has approved and recommended three new WACCI hybrid maize varieties to be released onto the market for cultivation and consumption. The varieties, which are now waiting to be gazetted by the National Seed Council, were
Kenya’s herders swap livestock for chillies as drought bites
At this time of year, Cherop Longiro and her husband are normally busy looking for grazing for their livestock. But their three cows died in the drought in March and they sold their 20 sheep, fearing they would meet the same fate. “We had two options: either take them to the market and sell them
AGRA commends Ghana government planting for food project
The Alliance for Green Revolution Alliance (AGRA), has supported government initiative dubbed: “Planting for Food and Jobs,” saying the programme will create jobs opportunities and increase food production. Dr Dr Agnes Kalibata, the President of AGRA Kalibata said AGRA was committed to support agricultural projects in the continent to boost food production and his outfit