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The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA): A Conversation with Barbara Noseworthy

Thursday, December 10, 2009 - 12:00 - 14:00

Partnership Office
499 South Capitol Street, S.W. Suite# 500B
Washington, D.C. 20003

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA):
A Conversation with Barbara Noseworthy
with guest speaker:
Dr. Romano Kiome
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Kenya
12:00pm Lunch Served
12:10pm Welcome – Daniel Karanja, Sr. Fellow - Partnership to Cut Hunger & Poverty in Africa - Moderator
Update on Kenya’s Food Security Situation and Strategies for Agricultural Growth – Romano Kiome, Permanent Secretary - Ministry of Agriculture (Kenya)
AGRA’s Programs and Partnerships: Achievements and Strategies for the Future
– Barbara Noseworthy, Senior Resource Mobilization Officer - Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
1:15pm Discussions/ Question & Answers
Kenya Vision 2030 Abridged Version (Kenyan Government Document)
Speakers Bio
Barbara Noseworthy is Senior Resource Mobilization Officer, AGRA. Chaired by Mr. Kofi A. Annan, AGRA is an African-based and African-led organization with a mission to transform agriculture across the continent into a highly productive, efficient, competitive and sustainable system that assures food security and increases the incomes of smallholder farmers, most of whom are women. AGRA advocates for policies that support the key aspects of the African agricultural value chain - from soil health and improved seeds to markets and extension services. While AGRA was created in 2006 with initial support from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, and the Department for International Development (DFiD), Ms. Noseworthy is responsible for securing funding for AGRA's $100M annual operation from bilateral donors and the philanthropic community. She was involved in developing AGRA's strategy refresh and in establishing partnerships with other institutions working to improve agricultural productivity in Sub Saharan Africa. Prior to joining AGRA, Barbara has served as Director of Funding Initiatives, Earth Institute at Columbia University and Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, Whitman College. She also worked in development at the University of Washington, where she and others helped raise $100 million of a $250 million fundraising campaign. Before that, she spent several years in Wyoming and Montana, as a fundraising consultant for non-profit organizations, including museums and universities. Barbara has a degree in Psychology from Michigan State University.
Romano Kiome is the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture in Kenya since December 2005. Before joining the Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Kiome was Director of the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) from 2000. At KARI, he served as Assistant Director, Soil & Water Research Program and also coordinated donors under the National Agricultural Research Program (NARP). He has been a member or chaired a dozen technical advisory committees of agricultural research at national and international level, including International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), World Agro forestry Centre (WAF) and the World Vegetable Centre (WAC). Dr. Kiome has led and managed several national and region projects before getting venturing into research management. He is a member of the Presidential National Economic and Social Council of Kenya. He has written over 50 journal articles, book chapters, conference papers and reports. Dr. Kiome has an M.S. degree in Soil & Water Management from Wagenigen University, Netherlands (1985) and a PhD on modeling crop production under various soil and water management domains from University of East Anglia, UK (1992). He has done various postdoctoral research works with the Natural Resources Institute (NRI) and Silsoe University in the UK.