Steering Committee

The Steering Committee (SC) provides advice to the AGRODEP Project Management Team on the general operations and strategic directions of the Consortium. More specifically, the members of the Committee guide AGRODEP on key matters of policy, operational issues, and resource mobilization; ensure that the initiative remains focused on its objectives and mission and is run effectively; and recommend strategies and actions to increase the effectiveness and impact of AGRODEP. Members of the Steering Committee are regional and international organizations, academic institutions and universities, international aid agencies, and other leading policy and development organizations who nominate a member of their staff as a representative in the AGRODEP Steering Committe. The Committee is currently comprised of eighteen member organizations listed below and two representatives of AGRODEP members. It is co-chaired by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)


African Development Bank (AfDB) Group’s mission is to help reduce poverty, improve living conditions for Africans and mobilize resources for the continent’s economic and social development. With this objective in mind, the institution aims at assisting African countries – individually and collectively - in their efforts to achieve sustainable economic development and social progress. Combating poverty is at the heart of the continent’s efforts to attain sustainable economic growth. To this end, the Bank seeks to stimulate and mobilize internal and external resources to promote investments as well as provide its regional member countries with technical and financial assistance.

Represented by: Abdul Kamara



African Union's mission is to become an efficient and value-adding institution driving the African integration and development process in close collaboration with African Union Member States, the Regional Economic Communities and African citizens. The vision of the African  Union is that of: “An integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in  global arena.” 

Represented by: Janet Edeme





Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people - especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life.

Represented by: Alan Rennison



Center for Global Trade Analysis (GTAP) is a global network of researchers and policy makers conducting quantitative analysis of international policy issues. GTAP's goal is to improve the quality of quantitative analysis of global economic issues within an economy-wide framework through better data, models and education.

Represented by: Dominique van der Mensbrugghe



Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) was established in 1994 as an organization of free independent sovereign states which have agreed to co-operate in developing their natural and human resources for the good of all their people and as such it has a wide-ranging series of objectives which necessarily include in its priorities the promotion of peace and security in the region. Its mission is to “Endeavour to achieve sustainable economic and social progress in all Member States through increased co-operation and integration in all fields of development particularly in trade, customs and monetary affairs, transport, communication and information, technology, industry and energy, gender, agriculture, environment and natural resources”.

Represented by:  Chungu Mwila


The Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) is a regional group of fifteen countries, founded in 1975. Its mission is to promote economic integration in all fields of economic activity, particularly industry, transport, telecommunications, energy, agriculture, natural resources, commerce, monetary and financial questions, social and cultural matters.

Represented by:  Rui Luis Silva




Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) is a regional policy research and advocacy network whose operations are informed by major regional policy frameworks and processes in Southern Africa. It's mission is to promote effective Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources (FANR) policies by i) facilitating linkages and partnerships between government and civil society, ii) building the capacity for policy analysis and policy dialogue, and iii) supporting demand-driven policy research and analysis.


Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is an intergovernmental organization which has 191 Member Nations, two associate members and one member organization, the European Union. Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO's efforts - to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. FAO's mandate is to raise levels of nutrition, improve agricultural productivity, better the lives of rural populations and contribute to the growth of the world economy.

Represented by:  Piettro Gennari



International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks sustainable solutions for ending hunger and poverty. IFPRI is one of 15 centers supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), an alliance of 64 governments, private foundations, and international and regional organizations. This vision is based on the human rights to adequate food and freedom from hunger, and the recognition of the dignity inherent in all human beings. It is a vision of a world where every person has secure access to sufficient and safe food to sustain a healthy and productive life and where food-related policy decisions are made transparently, including the participation of consumers and producers.

Represented by:  Ousmane Badiane (Co-Chair)



Uganda Economic Policy Research Center (EPRC) delivers research evidence on economic challenges facing Uganda and the African Continent. It does this through intellectual and scholar exchange, networking with accredited national and international institutions and scholars, capacity strengthening using hands-on skills sharpening for young professionals, a state of art reference library services and high quality facilities for medium-size conferencing. EPRC’s major areas of research are divided into six thematic areas: growth and employment; social protection; socio-economic governance and accountability; trade, regional integration and multilateral arrangements; impact evaluation of policies and programs; and instutional effeciency and service delivery.

Represented by:  Sarah Ssewanyana



United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)  was established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN) in 1958 as one of the UN's five regional commissions. ECA's dual role as a regional arm of the UN, and a part of the regional institutional landscape in Africa, positions it well to make unique contributions to member States' efforts to address their development challenges. Its strength derives from its role as the only UN agency mandated to operate at the regional and subregional levels to harness resources and bring them to bear on Africa's priorities.

Represented by:  Stephen Karingi


U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. The work of USAID supports economic growth, agriculture and trade; global health; and, democracy, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance.USAID's strength is its field offices around the world. The Agency works in close partnership with private voluntary organizations, indigenous organizations, universities, American businesses, international agencies, other governments, and other U.S. government agencies. USAID has working relationships with more than 3,500 American companies and over 300 U.S.-based private voluntary organizations.

Represented by: Jeff Hill




World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world’s trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. The goal is to help producers of goods and services, exporters, and importers conduct their business.

Represented by: Bridget Chilala


AGRODEP Member Representatives:

Mutasim Mekki Mahmoud Elrasheed

Associate Professor, Sudan University of Science and Technology, Sudan

Mutasim Mekki Mahmoud Elrasheed is a citizen of Sudan. He has been an AGRODEP member since April 2011. At present, Mutasim Elrasheed is an Associate Professor at the Sudan University of Science and Technology (SUST). He conducts lectures and research in different economic areas, and participates in community development in his country. Before joining SUST, Mutasim Elrasheed worked for Upper Nile University, South Sudan. He holds a B.S. degree in Agriculture from University of Khartoum, Sudan, an M.S. in  Agricultural Economics from Ahmadu  Bello University, Nigeria, and a Ph.D. in Agriculture from University of Khartoum, Sudan. His research interests include food security and pro-poor activity.


Joy Kiiru

Lecturer, the University of Nairobi, Kenya

Dr. Joy Kiiru is a citizen of Kenya. She has been an AGRODEP member since April, 2012. At present, Joy is a Lecturer at the University of Nairobi. In this position, Joy makes research and supervises students (both undergraduates and graduate students). She holds a B.A. in Economics and Philosophy from the University of Nairobi, an M.A. in Economics from the University of Malawi, and a Ph.D. at the Centre for Development Research (ZEF) from Bonn University. Her area of specialization is agricultural finance. Her research interests include microfinance and rural development, socio policy analysis and socio welfare, poverty analysis and interventions.




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