Agnes M. Kalibata

President at The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa

Rwanda

Agnes Kalibata is the President of The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).

Dr. Agnes Kalibata holds a doctorate in Entomology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is a member of a number of distinguished boards and commissions. She is currently the President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), where she leads the organization’s efforts with partners to ensure a food secure and prosperous Africa through rapid, sustainable agricultural growth that focuses on building systems required for farmers to access technologies that improve productivity and livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers in Africa.

Prior to joining AGRA, Dr. Kalibata was Rwanda’s Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) from 2008 to 2014. Dr. Kalibata has also held several other leadership positions, and she has a distinguished track record in Africa and globally as an agricultural scientist, policy maker and thought leader.

In December 2019, she was appointed the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the 2021 Food Systems Summit.  In this capacity, Dr. Kalibata works with the United Nations system and key partners to provide leadership, guidance, and strategic direction towards the 2021 Food Systems Summit. 

Dr. Kalibata has a distinguished track record as an agricultural scientist, policy maker and thought leader. She was awarded the Yara Prize, now the Africa Food Prize, in 2012, Honorary Doctorate from the University of Liège in 2018,  the National Academy of Sciences’ Public Welfare Medal in April, 2019 for her work to drive Africa’s agricultural transformation through modern sciences and effective policy thereby improving livelihoods of stallholder farmers and the Honorary Doctorate from MacGill University, Canada, June 2019.

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