Rwanda: Female researcher tops the list of African Women of the year 2016 in Agriculture

Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The current President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Dr. Agnes Kalibata of Rwanda, has topped the list of 2016’s African Women of the year in Agriculture, Mining and Architecture, especially for her efforts towards a food secure Africa by the famous New African Woman Magazine, according to a statement made available Thursday to PANA in Kigali.

Before being appointed as Chairman of AGRA in 2014, Dr. Kalibata has played different senior roles in the Rwandan government as former Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Agriculture and Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Rwanda before being nominated as Minister for Agriculture and Animal Resources.

The statement said that she has also worked for the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Uganda, and various other agricultural development organizations and currently sits on various boards including the International Fertilizer Development Corporation (IFDC), the Sustainable Trade Initiative, the Africa Risk Capacity, and the Global Agenda Council of the WEF.

Reports said that the recognition, made by the readers of the New African Woman Magazine, is a great validation of Dr. Kalibata’s efforts towards a food secure Africa. The magazine has described Dr. Kalibata as a “Rwandese Phenomenon” who has revolutionized African Agriculture over the last decade.

"Dr. Kalibata leads AGRA’s efforts with the participation of public and private partners towards ensuring a food secure Africa through rapid, sustainable agricultural growth and improved productivity by empowering millions of smallholder farmers," reads part of the statement.

In 2012 Dr. Kalibata  received the Yara Prize, now the Africa Food Prize for transforming Rwanda’s Agriculture in a relatively short period of time. She is a distinguished agricultural scientist, policy maker and thought leader and holds a PhD in Entomology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

"This year, she has been a key, making her voice heard on issues of pertaining to the future agriculture on the continent," it said,

On the list of top ten African women along with Kalibata, are Sara Menker of Ethiopia, who is the founder of data analytics company focused on advancing the agriculture sector on the continent.

Other African women, who are part of the Shortlist of Nominees by the famous magazine include Tiguandanke Camara (Guinea) and Elsie Owusu of Ghana, the statement said.
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15 december 2016 14:43:09

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