Policy Program


Dr. Steven Were Omamo
Director, Policy Program
Dr. Steven Were Omamo joined AGRA in October 2012 from the World Food Programme (WFP), where he served most recently as Director of the Addis Ababa Liaison Office and  Representative to the African Union and UN Economic Commission for  Africa. Prior to that, he was Deputy Director of WFP's Policy, Planning and Strategy Division, Chief of the Food Security and Safety  Nets Service, and Chief of the Social Protection and Safety Nets Service. A national of Kenya, Dr. Omamo has served in several national, regional and international organizations, including Egerton University, the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute, the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa, the International Service for National Agricultural Research, the International Livestock Research Institute, and the International Food Policy Research Institute. Dr. Omamo has published extensively on agricultural and broader economic development policy, with a particular focus on policy requirements for strengthening smallholder agriculture in Africa. Dr. Omamo holds a PhD in Agricultural and Applied Economics from Stanford University.

  Prof. Leon Konan N'dri,
Program Officer, Fellowships

Prof. Leon Konan N'dri, a Côte d'Ivoire national, joins the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) on November 7th, 2011 as a Program Officer, Fellowships. Leon is responsible for the design, development, implementation and management of a Fellowship and Post Graduate training in agricultural and applied economics program to build the policy research and analysis capacities of national governments towards improving the overall policy and enabling environment for the achievement of an equitable and environmentally sustainable green revolution in Africa.

Prior to joining AGRA, he has vast experience in both diplomatic and academic appointments. He has held various academic positions at the University of Cocody in Abidjan which include: Vice Dean in charge of graduate studies and finance; Head of Department of Management; Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor as well as Director of the Master Program in Financial Engineering. He was also a Lecturer of Investments at Korea University Business School in South Korea; Assistant of Banking, College of Business, Seoul National University in South Korea; and a Teacher of Mathematics in secondary school, College Moderne Grebalo in Côte d'Ivoire. His diplomatic appointment was the position of Assistant to the Korean Ambassador in Côte d'Ivoire, South Korean Embassy in Côte d'Ivoire. He has also been engaged in various consultancies within his area of expertise. He has supervised both Masters and PhDs dissertations across Africa.
Leon holds an "Agrégation" in Economics from the CAMES; a PhD in Finance from the Graduate School of Business, Korea University, an MBA in Finance from the College of Business, Seoul National University and a Maîtrise in Applied Economics from the National University of Côte d'Ivoire.


Dr. Evelyn Namubiru-Mwaura
Policy Officer (Land/Property Rights and Environment/Climate Change)

Dr. Namubiru-Mwaura has over fifteen years of experience in international development focused on gender, land tenure and natural resource management. She has developed extensive expertise on land tenure and property rights, women's land rights, sustainable forest resource management, REDD and Climate Change through appointments with AGRA, the World Bank, UNREDD, UNDP-GEF, International Forestry Resources and Institutions (IFRI) and Makerere University. Her experience in land and resource tenure relates principally to Africa where she has cultivated particular expertise on issues of customary tenure, common property, and governance of landscape level resources, women's land and housing rights, and land tenure reform. She has designed and implemented assessment methodologies for resource tenure and governance, and is particularly knowledgeable on methods and issues of participatory rural appraisal (PRA), monitoring and evaluation (M&E), and impact assessment.

She holds a Joint PhD in Public Policy from Indiana University; a Masters degree in Environmental Management and Development from the Australian National University, and BSc. in Forestry (Honors) from Makerere University. She has published on a wide variety of subjects related to customary land tenure, REDD and forestry governance, indigenous use of forestry products, decentralization and natural resource management, and the role of institutions in conservation efforts.
At AGRA, Evelyn leads land and environmental policy work. She is responsible for Identifying policy, institutional and regulatory constraints to the success of AGRA programmatic interventions in Land and Environment and developing appropriate policy interventions for AGRA-target countries. She works closely with governments in designing and implementing land and environmental policies for accelerating uptake of green revolution technologies. Evelyn also handles gender work in the Policy and Advocacy unit.

Prior to joining AGRA, Dr. Namubiru-Mwaura worked as a Senior Manager, Africa Program and Senior Land Tenure Specialist at Landesa where she led and carried out research on Customary Land Tenure, Climate Adaptability, and Women and Land tenure in Africa. Currently, Evelyn is the vice president of the African Association of Agricultural Economists.

   Dr. Franklin Simtowe
Policy Officer (Markets)
Dr. Franklin Simtowe, Policy Officer (Markets) is a Malawi   national who joined the Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) on 1st May 2012 in the Policy & Partnerships Unit.  Franklin is responsible for Identifying policy, institutional and regulatory constraints to the success of AGRA programmatic interventions in Trade and Marketing. He is responsible for the Evaluation and assessment of the relevance of agricultural and trade policies and conducting analytical work to develop evidence-based policies and institutions for AGRA-target countries. He works closely with governments in designing and implementing pro-poor policies for accelerating uptake of green revolution technologies. Prior to joining AGRA, he worked in Academic and International Research Institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa. He has over 10 years' experience in Agricultural Policy Analysis.  He worked at the University of Malawi as a senior Research fellow/ Lecturer under the faculty of Development studies before moving to the Africa Rice Centre in Benin where he worked as an Impact Assessment Economist for the West Africa Region. His previous employment with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) as a Research Analyst exposed him to the state of the art tools for analyzing the General Equilibrium Impacts of different Policy Interventions on the African Economies. He joined AGRA from ICRISAT's Eastern and Southern Africa Region as a senior Agricultural Economist where he worked under the thematic area of Markets, Institutions, Policy and Impact.  He has extensive experience in conducting quantitative Ex-ante as well as ex-post impact assessments of social programs on the livelihoods of rural households in the region. He previously worked for the World Bank as a consultant where he successfully Conducted Impact Assessments of the World Bank funded social programs, such the Market Assisted Community Based Land Redistribution Programs in Southern Africa. As a World Bank Certified Trainer in Microfinance best practices since 2006, he has successfully tutored more than a dozen microfinance practitioners from Africa, Europe, and Asia. He has supervised both Masters and PhDs dissertations across Africa and Europe.  He holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from University of Hohenheim, Germany; a MSc and a BSc in Agricultural Economics from the University of Malawi.  Currently he is pursuing an MSc in Finance and Economic Policy at the University of London.
  Liston Njoroge
Research Analyst, Policy and Partnerships Program

Liston holds an MSc degree in Agricultural Economics and BSc degree in general agriculture from the University of Nairobi. In addition, he holds Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the same university, where he graduated in 2008. Between 1997 and 2008 he worked at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) as a research associate in the market oriented smallholder dairy project. There he was responsible for implementing both longitudinal and cross-sectional surveys with smallholder farmers on diverse research topics that covered farmer characterization, technology adoption and farm enterprise budgeting. During this time, he became proficient in quantitative and qualitative data analysis techniques and report writing. On leaving ILRI, he joined TNS RMS, an international for-profit market and social research company, in the position of account manager. At TNS RMS, he was responsible for the large portfolio of the social research clients that spanned many sectors including the agricultural sector. He joined AGRA in January 2012, and his current responsibilities include program coordination, contributing to preparation of proposals and policy briefs and maintaining a repository of knowledge shared between AGRA and policy hubs in the different countries that policy program has projects running. Liston is also responsible for the work with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) whose goal is to promote AGRA-CSOs partnership in the effort of triggering green revolution in Africa

Liston has strong skills in statistical data analysis packages including STATA and SPSS and proficient in numerous economic analysis procedures including econometric modeling of technology adoption using limited dependent variable models (logit, tobit and probit), regression analysis (OLS and GLS), principal component analysis (used in data reduction), cluster analysis and panel data modeling, among others.

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