Godfrey Bahiigwa, Dr.
Dr. Godfrey Bahiigwa is Director at the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union (AU) Commission, Addis Ababa. He works with AU Member States, Regional Economic Communities and other partners to boost rural economic and agricultural sector development by supporting the adoption of strategies, policies and programs. Before joining the AU, he was the Head of the International Food Policy Research Institute’s Eastern and Southern Africa Office in Addis Ababa. He was the founding coordinator of Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System node for Eastern and Central Africa. Prior to joining IFPRI he held key positions relating to agricultural research and policy in his country, Uganda. Dr. Bahiigwa holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia (USA), a Master’s degree in Agricultural and Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota (USA) and a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from Makerere University (Uganda).
Abdoul Barry, Dr.
Minayaha Siaka Coulibaly
Andrew Mushita is the Executive Director of the Community Technology Development Trust (CTDT) and is a Zimbabwean national. His organization is 26 years old and has over 100 professionals. His field of expertise spans from agricultural biodiversity, seed, and food and nutrition security, and livelihoods, environment and climate change and policy and advocacy. Agronomist by training, Andrew has an extensive expertise in all aspects of rural development at various levels, having participated directly in a number of national, regional and international policy instruments and dialogues focused on issues related to biodiversity, conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources, environment and climate change, international trade, farmer’s rights, farmer seed systems and their implications to food and nutrition security on smallholder farmers.
Since 2016, Peter Sidler is in charge of continental institutions and policies on sustainable production and livelihood resilience at the Embassy of Switzerland in Ethiopia. Reducing post-harvest losses, securing access to land, mainstreaming ecological organic agriculture, securing access to quality seeds and strengthening the voice of farmers are the priority fields of action. From 2012 to 2016, Peter held key positions for his country Switzerland, when he has been in charge of global funds and initiatives, including managing the core contribution of Switzerland to the UNDP and UNCDF, or negotiating Swiss positions for the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development in 2012. Prior joining the Swiss cooperation agency, Peter worked for the Swiss NGO Bread for all.
S.V.R. Shetty, Dr.
Adama Traoré, Dr.
Dr. Adama Traoré is a Malian national. He graduated in Germany in Veterinary Medicine and holds a PhD in Animal Reproduction. He has served in several national and international agricultural research institutions, including Centre National de Recherche Agronomique (Mali), Institut d’Economie Rurale (Mali), the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD) and the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa. He has been a Trustee in the Governing Boards of the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture, AfricaRice and the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics. He has been an expert for FAO for 1990 to 1997. He served as Interim Director General of the Africa Rice Center from 2012 to 2014. Dr. Traoré is presently a retired Research Director and active as freelance consultant in agricultural research and development. Adama has been appointed as Chair of the Governing Board in December 2017.
Interim Board Secretary