Governance & Leadership
Head of Regional Food Trade & Resilience
Daniel is our Head of Regional Food Trade & Resilience under Policy & State Capability Division and he is based in Nairobi, Kenya.
Prior to joining AGRA, Daniel played leadership roles in the formulation and implementation of country and regional CAADP investment programs and agriculture trade related projects in over 12 countries of the Eastern and Southern Africa sub- region.
Daniel, a Malawian national, brings over 17 years’ experience working and collaborating with key Regional Economic Communities such as COMESA, EAC, SADC and donor agencies such as UKAID, EU, World Bank among others. He has also consulted for international agencies including the World Trade Organization (WTO), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and International Water Management Institute (IWMI). His recent experience implementing the Food Trade for East and Southern Africa program and the Regional Food Security and Risk Management project has shaped Daniel into one of the leading practitioners of inclusive growth and development through agriculture trade in the region. He has spearheaded public-private investments and critical policy reforms in regional food trade initiatives affording wide participation of small businesses and farmers in regional agriculture value chains boosting incomes and food security.
Daniel is a double holder of Master of Science degrees in International Business Administration and Agriculture Economics obtained from University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and University of Malawi respectively. He brings along a network of actors, government officials, development partners and private sector at both national and regional levels in his quest to drive the regional food trade initiative as a key ingredient for agriculture transformation at the continental level.
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