Governance & Leadership
Dr. Usha Barwale Zehr
Chair, Audit Committee
Dr. Usha Barwale Zehr is Director and Chief Technology Officer at Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company Private Limited (MAHYCO), India. She received her Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Subsequent to her formal education, she worked at Purdue University in the Sorghum improvement program. For the last 19 years, she has been utilizing new technologies and tools including biotechnology for improving the quality and productivity of seeds and agriculture. In addition, Dr. Zehr serves as Director of Barwale Foundation (a non-profit Research Foundation). She also serves on the Board of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa.
Dr. Zehr chairs the Breeder’s Committee of the International Seed Federation.
China’s Vice Minister Qu Dongyu meets AGRA board member Kikwete
On July 25, Vice Minister Qu Dongyu met with H.E. Mr.Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, previous President of the United Republic of Tanzania and Board Member of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), in Beijing. They exchanged views in the areas of strengthening cooperation between the two sides and pushing forward African agricultural development.
Killing hunger in Africa with sweet potatoes
As a 5-year-old growing up in Cape Verde in sub-Saharan Africa, Maria Isabel Andrade had told her mother that she wanted to grow food and make hunger disappear from her town. Growing up in the Sahel region, Ms. Andrade, a leading agronomist, has today succeeded in accomplishing her childhood dream —with bio-fortified sweet potatoes. She
AfDB President Adesina calls for technology transfer to farmers
Washington, D.C., US, 6 August 2018 – The President of the African Development Bank Group, Akinwumi Adesina, has made an urgent call to give farmers across the continent new technologies with the potential to transform agricultural production. Adesina said the technology transfer was needed immediately and that evidence from countries like Nigeria demonstrated that technology