Governance & Leadership
Dr. Joe DeVries
Vice President, Program Development & Innovation
Dr. DeVries, is passionate about the potential of Africa’s seed systems to create and sustain a uniquely African green revolution. A citizen of the USA, he launched his career in Africa in 1986 as a United Nations Volunteer building irrigated rice systems in West Africa’s northern Sahel region. As a crop improvement and genetics expert, he believes in the transfer of ownership of the inventive steps in plant breeding to local institutions, and ensuring the supply of seed to smallholder farmers is modelled on sound business practice and responsive to their needs.
In the past decade, Joe has led AGRA’s partnerships with African crop breeders in 14 countries has resulted in the generation of 500 high-yield, locally adapted crop varieties, increasing farmer access to high quality, locally produced seeds from 2,000 metric tons to more than 120,000 metric tons per year.
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
First Winner of the Africa Food Prize Using Award Money to Support Rural Youth
In his speech accepting the Africa Food Prize in 2016, Dr. Kanayo F. Nwanze dedicated the Prize to Africa’s youth. “……with this prize, I pledge to continue to coach, mentor and inspire our younger generation in building a better and brighter future for this continent; our Africa,” said the then President of the International Fund
AGRA Board Member Mohohlo appointed Chancellor of the University of Botswana
President Mokgweetsi Masisi has, acting in accordance with Section 7 of the University of Botswana Act of 2008, appointed Linah Mohohlo as the Chancellor of the University of Botswana for a period of 5 years effective the 19th of July 2018 to 18 June 2023. Linah Mohohlo was the Governor of the Bank of Botswana