Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - 12:00 - 14:00
Discussion of "New Opportunities for Strengthening Agribusinesses in Africa"
Professor Nuhu Hatibu
CEO of the Kilimo Trust
499 S. Capitol Street, SW Ste#500B
Washington, D.C. 20003
Kilimo Trust is a grant-managing NGO based in Uganda. It was founded in 2005 with financial support from the Gatsby Charitable Foundation (GCF) in the UK to facilitate wealth creation and poverty reduction through agriculture and agri-business development in the East African Community (EAC) - Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.
Kilimo supports projects that help smallholder farmers and agro-entrepreneurs develop and participate in local, national, and regional markets for staple foods, livestock products, and high-value crops. The Trust supports the development of innovative technologies, policies, and institutions to strengthen agricultural value chains. It uses its limited funds to leverage investments from both public and private sources. For example, the Trust is finalizing a partnership with AGRA that will leverage US$ 50 million from a commercial bank in Uganda and Tanzania to support the development of markets and agricultural value chains for primary producers of staple crops and other commodities.
Nuhu Hatibu became the CEO of Kilimo Trust in October 2007.Before joining Kilimo,Nuhu served at the founding regional coordinator of the Soil and Water Management Network for East, Central and Southern Africa. He wasa professor at the Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania, where for 12 years he led the soil and water management research group, which is credited with research and promotion of rainwater harvesting and other water management strategies in Tanzania and across Eastern and Southern Africa. He has consulted for the World Bank, UNDP, FAO, IFAD and a host of international development agencies. He has authored one book one book, 12 book chapters, and more than 20 papers in international refereed journals. Nuhu is a frequent speaker at international for a including the Salzburg Global Seminar and the World Agricultural Forum. Recently he served as a member of the Group of Experts charged by UNIDO and FAO with drafting a Program Framework for Accelerating Agribusiness and Agro-Industries Development in Africa.