Dr. Miltone Ayieko – Chairperson
Dr. Miltone Ayieko is the Director of the Tegemeo Institute of Agricultural Policy and Development at Egerton University. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Ayieko was Tegemeo’s Senior Research Fellow in charge of Outreach, Communication and Partnerships, and the Regional Coordinator of the Integrated Seed Sector Development Program in Africa (ISSD Africa), whose secretariat has been hosted at Tegemeo for the past about three years. Before joining Tegemeo, Dr. Ayieko was a lecturer at Egerton University’s Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Management where he taught among other courses, Agricultural Policy, Agricultural Marketing and
Dr. Ayieko has more than 15 years’ experience in agricultural policy research. His research has focused on rural livelihoods, seed systems, market development, technology adoption and agricultural value chain analysis. He has also served in various ministerial task forces and committees, and advised on key policy
initiatives to transform the agricultural sector in Kenya. Specifically, he served on the Ministry of Agriculture’s Standing Committee on Seed that provided input for
the formulation of the Kenya’s Seed Policy, and was a member of the technical committee of the Vision 2030. At Tegemeo, he spearheads the research, analysis
and outreach agenda, ensuring Tegemeo pursues its mandate of providing credible research and knowledge for accountability and learning to catalyze agricultural and
Dr. Ayieko holds a Doctorate in Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics from Michigan State University, USA.
Dr. Shephard Siziba – Vice Chairperson
Dr. Siziba holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Hohenheim, Germany. He currently lectures in the Department of Agricultural Economic and Extension at University of Zimbabwe. He has vast research experience (13 years) into developmental challenges of the smallholder rural farming systems. His research covers issues on technology adoption impacts on livelihoods, market participation, and conservation agriculture, food security and innovation systems. He has a number of publications in these areas. He is very conversant with conducting formal surveys, data management (using CSPro), and quantitative economic methods.
His work career includes working for an international agricultural research center, CIMMYT for 7 years, between 2001 and 2007; Post Doctoral fellow attached to FARA (2010-12) and collaboration with various research institutes including Institute of Environmental Studies (IES), African Institute of Agrarian Studies (AIAS).
Prof. Ferdinand Meyer – Finance Chairperson
Prof. Meyer is currently the Director of the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) in South Africa and Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development at the University of Pretoria. BFAP specializes in the field of commodity and supply chain modelling, scenario planning, risk analysis, consumer economics and food price inflation.
Apart from advising policy makers, agricultural producers and the agri-business sector within South Africa, BFAP also publishes an Annual Agricultural Outlook, comprising of a 10-year outlook for 44 agricultural commodities. Prior to this position he served as a Commodity Market Analyst responsible for the development and maintenance of a multi-market simulation model for the South African field crops, meat and dairy industry. This also included various models measuring price transmission and market integration as well as supply chain models.
Prof. Meyer has extensive experience lecturing students in undergraduate classes addressing agricultural marketing, econometric modelling and commodity price analysis. As a senior lecturer, he supervised both Masters and PhD students, of which 9 have graduated over the past 4 years. With a number of articles published in international journals and local journals, he is proud to note that Four Best Papers Awards have been received at international and national conferences under his supervision.
Ms. Lulama Traub – Chairperson of Technical Committee
Lulama’s dual citizenship – U.S. and South Africa – signifies an underlying passion for both of the countries she considers home. Her involvement at Michigan State University (MSU) led to her pursuing her master’s degree in Agricultural Economics during which time she developed an econometric model to test the effect of maize market reform on milling margins within South Africa.
From there the process led to a case study on maize marketing in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa as well as a country level assessment of trade and domestic policies as they pertain to staple food commodities in South Africa.
Lulama’s current research interests include; outreach and capacity building programs in collaboration with Southern African universities and government agencies, mainly focusing on staple food marketing and trade policies and their effects on sustainable and equitable development.
To this end, she serves [2012–2015] as the Chair of the Technical Committee for the Regional Network of Agricultural Policy Research Institutes (ReNAPRI). She currently resides in South Africa and lectures at the University of Stellenbosch while conducting research with the Bureau of Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP).
Prof. Marie Ndambo Nyange – Board Member
Prof. Nyange has been a Professor in the Faculty of Economics and Management, Department of Economics and the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences at the University of Kinshasa (UNIKIN) – Congo DRC, since 2014. Prior to this appointment, Prof. Nyange was the assistant and Head of Studies at the Faculty of Economics and Management, Department of Economics at UNIKIN from 1999 to 2013. Prof, Nyanje has vast experience in the fields of local economic development, knowledge management formulation, management and evaluation of development projects, and forest governance.
Her competence in these areas, have seen her serve as an expert on Technical Unit of the National Assembly, i.e as an expert at the Technical Secretariat for National Consultations, and as the President of the African Women Entrepreneurs African Model Forest Network from 2013 to date.
Prof. Nyanje is affiliated to a number of professional insitutions incuding but not limited to; the Association de Scientifiques du Congo (ASC), Association de Professeurs de l’Université de Kinshasa (APUKIN), and Réseau Africian des Forêts Modèles (RAFM).
Dr. Thabbie Chilongo – Board Member
Dr. Thabbie Chilongo is the current Acting Director of the Centre for Agricultural Research and Development (CARD) based at Bunda Campus of the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) in Malawi. His main responsibility as Director of CARD is to provide leadership in coordination of the administrative and technical issues of the Centre’s three units: Agricultural Policy Research Unit (APRU), Agricultural Policy Analysis Training Unit (APATU) and the Training and Consultancy Coordinating Unit (TCCU). Dr. Chilongo is also a seasoned researcher and academician with over 12 years experience. He specializes in Agricultural, Development and Resource Economics. His research interests include: rural livelihoods, resource management, poverty and socioeconomic developmental issues. As an academician, Dr. Chilongo has supervised and taught at all levels (BSc., MSc. and PhD). Some of the courses he teaches include: Research Methods for Social Sciences, Food and Agricultural Policy Analysis, Agricultural Marketing and Econometrics. Analytically, Dr. Chilongo has a bias in quantitative econometric analysis, although he frequently applies a mixed methods approach of both quantitative and qualitative analyses.
Dr. Lourenço Manuel – Board Member
Dr. Adam Akyoo – Board Member
Dr. Adam Meshack Akyoo is the Dean at the School of Agricultural Economics and Business Studies (SAEBS) at the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA). The School has close to 1000 students, a quarter of which are postgraduate students pursuing MSc, MBA (Agribusiness and PhD studies. Bachelor of Business Management (BBM) and PhD (Agribusiness).
Dr. Akyoo holds a PhD in International Food Standards in Agri-foods from SUA/Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS). He has been involved in research on agricultural risk management, artisanal mining in Tanzania, international food standards on spices, value chain analysis in agro-industries, internal capacity building for SMEs in Tanzania for domestic and international competitiveness, Cashew marketing in Tanzania, and Partial Equilibrium (PE) modeling for some selected crops in Tanzania (Maize, Rice, Wheat, Sugar). He also worked as a banker (both investment and commercial) during the 1990s.
He has research interests in value chain development, poverty alleviation, agricultural finance, entrepreneurship in agriculture, gender issues and Policy analysis (specifically PE modeling). He has published and consulted widely in Tanzania on food safety standards, agricultural risk management, microfinance, marketing of agri-commodities, biogas energy dissemination and outlook projection studies on major Tanzanian staples. Dr Akyoo has also immense experience in both regional and international collaborative research projects and programs.
In the former case, he is currently the Research Director for the Regional Network of Agricultural Policy Research Institutes (ReNAPRI) at SUA. The Network draws collaborators from across the Eastern and Southern African region to include Pretoria & Stellenbosch Universities (BFAP Institute) in South Africa, Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI) in Zambia, University of Kinshasa (Institute of Social and economic Research –IRES) in DR Congo, Lilongwe University (CARD Institute) in Malawi, Mondlane University (CEPPAG Institute) in Mozambique, Egerton University (Tegemeo Institute) in Kenya, Makerere University in Uganda and the University of Zimbabwe. In the latter, Dr Akyoo has been and still working with several international partners from Denmark (Copenhagen, DTU & Aalborg Universities), Italy (Bologna & Pavia Universities), France (UdA University) and a number of American partners (Missouri, Michigan & Iowa state Universities).
Dr. Gabriel Elepu – Board Member
Dr. Gabriel Elepu holds a PhD in Agricultural and Consumer Economics with specialization in Food and Agribusiness Management from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. Currently, he works as a Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Agribusiness and Natural Resource Economics, Makerere University, Uganda. He has over ten (10) years experience as a researcher in agro-supply chains, producer and consumer behaviours, supermarkets, contract farming and warehouse receipt system. He has also worked as a consultant for various governmental and non governmental organizations on short term assignments. As far as governmental organizations are concerned, he has served as the subject matter specialist for grains value chains (Rice, Maize, and Beans) during the inception and double revisions of the Development Strategy and Investment Plan of the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries. He has also worked for the National Agricultural and Advisory Services (NAADS) in studying markets and value chains of citrus, mangoes, pineapples, apples, groundnuts, fish, dairy, cassava, and poultry. Among non governmental organizations he has worked for include DANIDA, USAID, ACDI/VOCA, ACF, and FAO. For all these organizations, he has analyzed selected agro-value chains, such as dairy, rice, maize, beans, sorghum, irish potato, groundnuts, sesame, and sunflower to inform their specific livelihood programme interventions at the national level. He has been involved in evaluation of DANIDA’s Livestock Systems Research Programme and ADE/AfDB on fisheries value chain development interventions in Uganda. Beyond national borders, he has also worked with COMESA on maize value chain; and NBI on selected agro-value chains (maize, fruits and vegetables) in selected corridors in Nile Basin countries.
Mr. Chance Kabaghe – Board Member
Chance Kabaghe has been the Executive Director of Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI), since 2012 when it transitioned from the Food Security Research Project (FSRP). He has a BSc and MSc Degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Zambia and London University (WYE College) respectively with more than 25 years’ experience in agricultural policy and agribusiness management and analysis. He is one of Zambia’s leading agribusiness practitioners and professionals.
His career has bridged multiple worlds – in agri-business, government, public policy and academia – all at very high levels and with impressively broad impact in key areas affecting agricultural development. In the business world, he played a key role in the promotion of hybrid maize seeds while serving as Marketing Director cum Assistant Chief Executive Officer of Zambia Seed Company Limited (ZAMSEED) during the period 1985 to 1995. He continues active involvement in many of Zambia’s major agri-businesses, serving as Director and Chairman on multiple agribusiness corporate boards including Seedco which is a leading seed company in Zambia and the Sub-Saharan African Region.
In government, he served as Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Livestock where he was in charge of agricultural policy, planning and marketing. He was the first Executive Director of Zambia’s Food Reserve Agency, where he was instrumental in establishing Zambia’s market-friendly system of strategic food reserves. Drawing from his early career in the academic world as a university lecturer at the University of Zambia School of Agricultural Sciences, Mr Kabaghe has emerged as a key leader in national and regional agricultural policy debates.
As Chief Executive Officer of IAPRI, he is responsible to the Board Directors for the direction and management of the Institute’s research, capacity building, stakeholder consultation, coordination and general administration and financial management. At the regional level, he is the Chairman of the Regional Network of Agricultural Policy Institutes (ReNAPRI) in Eastern and Southern Africa which is comprised of nine (9) countries.
Mr Kabaghe has in the past been involved in the development of many agricultural policies in Zambia such as the Agricultural Marketing Bill, Food Reserve Act, Agricultural Credits Act, and the Cotton Act etc. He also sits on the COMESA Business Council (CBC) where he chairs the Agricultural Committee.
Previously he was appointed to lead the Michigan State University run FSRP from 2009 until it was transformed in 2012 into IAPRI in order to enhance the interface between empirical policy analysis and transmission of these findings to key stakeholders especially policy makers, policy implementers and the private sector.
Prof. Thomas Jayne – Board Member
Prof. Jayne’s career has been devoted to working with African colleagues to promote effective policy responses to poverty in Africa. Jayne is Professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University. He is also Adjunct Professor at the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute in Lusaka, Zambia, and is a Distinguished Fellow of the African Association of Agricultural Economists.
He has mentored dozens of young Africa professionals and played a major role in building MSU’s partnerships with African research institutes, serving as co-director of several grants from the Gates Foundation focusing on building sustainable research capacity in Africa.
He has over 25 years of experience conducting research on agricultural productivity and markets. Jayne sits on the editorial boards of two professional journals, received a top paper award in 2004 by the International Association of Agricultural Economists, co-authored a paper awarded the T.W. Schultz Award at the 2009 International Association of Agricultural Economists Triennial Meetings, received the 2009 Outstanding Article Award in Agricultural Economics, and co-authored a paper awarded First Prize at the 2010 tri-annual meetings of the African Association of Agricultural Economists.
Jayne also received a Research Excellence Award in 2011 from MSU’s Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics Department. He currently serves on the advisory boards of several initiatives dedicated to building institutional capacity in sub-Saharan Africa, including the Global Development Network’s Global Research Capacity Building Program, and the Regional Network of Agricultural Policy Research Institutes in Eastern and Southern Africa.