The Regional Network of Agricultural Policy Research Institutes (ReNAPRI) has elected a new Board Chair, Dr. Damas Philip from School of Agriculture Economics and Business Studies (SAEBS), Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Tanzania to take over from Dr. Miltone Ayieko formerly of Tegemeo Institute of Agricultural Policy and Development, Kenya. Dr. Damas Philip is currently 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). Prior to joining the Sokoine University of Agriculture, Dr. Philip worked as a Scientific Officer at the Tanzanian Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH). Dr. Philip holds a Bachelor of Science in General Agriculture and a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from the Sokoine University of Agriculture. He also holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from Bonn University.
The Board of Directors of ReNAPRI, together with the network’s Research Directors also met on 2nd December 2021 during their Annual General Meeting. The meeting was chaired by outgoing Board Chairperson, Dr. Miltone Ayieko who thanked the Board members for the confidence given to him to lead the network in its efforts to provide high-quality evidence to policy makers in the African continent.
Dr. Ayieko seized the opportunity to officially welcome ReNAPRI’s new member, the Agricultural Trade Policy Institute (ATPI) at Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). Reacting to the welcome remarks, Salomo Mbai, Director at ATPI and new ReNAPRI Board member, thanked the network for accepting his organization’s membership into the family of researchers, and pledged ATPI’s support to the work of ReNAPRI.
Dr. Ayieko congratulated the network and Secretariat for delivering a successful conference which took place from 17-19 November 2021, and for officially launching the ReNAPRI Strategic Plan 2021-2026. He thanked the Director for the Institute of Statistical Social and Economic Research (ISSER) at the University of Ghana for hosting the conference and providing support to the Secretariat.
The Board went on to elect a new Finance Chairperson (from among the Board Members) and a Technical Chairperson (from among the Research Directors) to replace outgoing officials Prof. Ferdi Meyer and Ms. Lulama Traub, respectively, both from the Bureau for Food and Agriculture Policy (BFAP) in South Africa. The new ReNAPRI Finance Chairperson is Prof. Peter Quartey from ISSER, while the new ReNAPRI Technical Chairperson is Dr. Antony Chapoto from Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI) in Zambia. The outgoing Chairperson congratulated the new office bearers and thanked the outgoing officials for their hard work and contributions to the growth of ReNAPRI, since its conceptualization and eventual launch in 2012.
The meeting further selected ATPI as host on the 9th Annual ReNAPRI Stakeholders Conference scheduled for November 2022.