Saturday, March 24th, 2012
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Realizing the Promise and Potential of African Agriculture

Realizing the Promise and Potential of African Agriculture

Ephraim Nkonya, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI

Dr. Ephraim Nkonya is a senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington D.C. Ephraim leads an IFPRI program on land resources for poverty reduction. His regions of expertise are sub-Saharan Africa and central Asia. Ephraim has published widely in referred journals on issues related to natural resource management and poverty reduction.

Ephraim is a true east African, with Tanzanian citizenship and ancestral heritage from Kenya and Uganda. He grew up on a farm, a setting that inspired and shaped his academic and career development. Ephraim pursued his graduate studies in agricultural economics at Kansas State University from 1992-1999 after which he joined IFPRI in 1999. He was assigned to work in Uganda where he led a project on land management and poverty reduction from 1999 to 2003. Ephraim is currently conducting a global study on land degradation and how institutions and other socio-economic environment play part in sustainable land management and poverty reduction. He is also conducting studies on the best land management practices that could be used for climate change adaptation.

Angela R. Hansen, Partner, Dalberg Consulting

Angela is the Director of Dalberg's Agriculture and Food Security practice and leads its Johannesburg office. She has a depth of experience helping clients enhance performance, meet objectives, and design results-based strategies. She is also a skilled facilitator of multi-stakeholder and cross-sector dialogues.

Angela's work ranges from policy to practical implementation in areas such as sustainable land and water management, food security, agricultural market access, and infrastructure. She has worked with national governments, regional bodies, and apex organizations across the African continent and has also advised bilateral and multilateral organizations, international non-governmental organizations and leading foundations at the global level. She is active in the field of agricultural finance, regularly speaking and writing on the topic.

Angela was educated at the University of Minnesota (BSc), Columbia Business School, and the University of Cape Town (MBA). She has professional experience in Europe, North America, South America, Asia, and Africa.


Prof Calestous Juma (Harvard Kennedy School)

Calestous Juma is Professor of the Practice of International Development and Director of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project. He directs the Agricultural Innovation in Africa Project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and serves as Faculty Chair of Innovation for Economic Development executive program. Juma is a former Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and Founding Director of the African Centre for Technology Studies in Nairobi. He was Chancellor of the University of Guyana and has been elected to several scientific academies including the Royal Society of London, the US National Academy of Sciences, the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, the UK Royal Academy of Engineering and the African Academy of Sciences. He has won several international awards for his work on sustainable development. He holds a doctorate in science and technology policy studies and has written widely on science, technology, and environment. Juma serves on the boards of several international bodies and is editor of the International Journal of Technology and Globalisation and International Journal of Biotechnology. His latest book, The New Harvest: Agricultural Innovation in Africa, was published by Oxford University Press in 2011. He teaches graduate courses on "Innovation, Development and Globalization" and "Technology and Sustainability" and an undergraduate seminar on "Biotechnology, Sustainability and Public Policy". He is currently working on a book on resistance to new technologies.

Lisa Dreier, Director, Food Security and Development Initiatives, World Economic Forum

Lisa Dreier is Director of Food Security and Development Initiatives at the World Economic Forum USA in New York, where she works to advance public-private collaboration on food security, sustainable agriculture and economic development. She leads the Forum’s New Vision for Agriculture initiative, managing its global, regional and country-level partnership building activities; and co-manages the Forum’s G20 Food Security Working Group. She previously worked concurrently as Manager of the UN Millennium Project Hunger Task Force and Associate Director of the Tropical Agriculture Program at the Earth Institute at Columbia University. In the decade prior, Lisa consulted on sustainable development issues for the North American Development Bank and the World Bank; worked for 6 years with the Environmental Defense Fund; advised NGOs in the U.S., South America and Asia; and was a freelance journalist in the US and Asia. She holds an M.A. in Energy and Resources and an M.P.P. in Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley, and a B.A. from Bowdoin College. She has lived and worked in South America, South Asia, Africa, Europe and the USA.

Moderator: Jesmane Boggenpoel

Jesmane Boggenpoel (South Africa) is a candidate for the MC MPA Class 2011-2012, HKS. She has completed coursework in Global Food Politics and Policy and co-founded a Food and Agriculture interest group with Professor Calestous Juma. Jesmane has over 13 years of experience in investments and private equity. She owns Harvest Advisory Services and co-advised an African Development Finance Institution on setting up an agriculture technical assistance facility and provided transaction advice to a large South African poultry producer.

She is an inaugural director and shareholder of African Women Chartered Accountants Investment Holdings (an investment company of 60 black South African women shareholders).

Jesmane founded Farmer Joe and Friends that publishes books to teach children about farming. She was a non-executive director of Senwes (a major agri-businesses in South Africa) and Land Bank (a government financier for the agriculture sector). Jesmane is a Chartered Accountant (equivalent to a CPA).

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