Governance & Leadership
Dr. Agnes Kalibata
As President of AGRA, Dr. Kalibata leads the organization’s efforts with public and private partners to ensure a food secure and prosperous Africa through rapid, sustainable agricultural growth, improving the productivity and livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers.
Prior to joining AGRA in September 2014, Dr. Kalibata was Rwanda’s Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI). In this role, she was widely considered to be one of the most successful Agriculture Ministers in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Kalibata has held several other leadership positions, including Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Agriculture and Deputy Vice Chancellor of University of Rwanda. She also worked for the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Uganda, and various other agricultural development organizations. She sits on various boards including the International Fertilizer Development Corporation (IFDC), Bioversity International, Africa Risk Capacity, the Malabo-Montpellier Panel, and is a member of the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum.
Dr. Kalibata has a distinguished track record as an agricultural scientist, policy maker and thought leader. She holds a doctorate in Entomology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Africa’s Smallholder Farmers Among the Most Hurt by Climate Change
By Dr Agnes Kalibata Experts use many numbers when talking about climate change. However, rising temparatures, the resulting crop failure, and the consequent loss of livelihoods and destitution of millions of households are this year’s most important and urgent developments for millions of smallholder farmers across the vastness of the African agro-ecological landscapes. To illustrate the
In Africa, Expecting More from Agriculture than Food Security
By Dr. Dr Agnes Kalibata Here’s a deliberately provocative question to consider in the run-up to this year’s Global Food Security Symposium in Washington. Is focusing intently on food security the fastest way to achieve…food security? I ask this only because looking at agriculture through the lens of food security sometimes narrows the conversation to issues of hunger
Out of the poverty trap, into a new age for Africa’s family farms
By Dr Agnes Kalibata Recently, I joined more than a dozen of the world’s sharpest thinkers on African agriculture in an unprecedented effort to devote an entire issue of the influential magazine Foreign Affairs to consider the future of the African farmer in our digital age. I wanted to establish one simple fact: Agriculture is