AGRA President, Kenya’s Jane Karuku appointed to high-level global panel on agriculture and nutrition

By Metro Reporter
Mrs Jane Karuku, President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), has been appointed to a new high-level panel that will advise governments and the international community on agriculture and nutrition.

The Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition was announced on June 8, by the UK Government at the Nutrition for Growth conference,

which brought together leaders from over 50 countries, as well as representatives from business and civil society, to address issues of hunger and malnutrition.
The Panel will assess the benefits of agricultural interventions and investments and will provide advice to policymakers. It will be co-chaired by John Kufuor, a former President of Ghana, and Prof Sir John Beddington, former UK chief scientific adviser.
Other Panel members include Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, Commissioner of Rural Economy and Agriculture at African Union, and Akin Adesina, Nigeria’s Agriculture minister.
An elated Mrs Karuku said on her appointment: "I am delighted to have been appointed. With programmes across the continent, AGRA is expertly placed to contribute experience and knowledge to this timely and important initiative."
"The creation of this Panel is a clear indication of the global commitment to tackling hunger and to supporting agriculture in Africa.”
At the conference, more than US$4 billion of investment was pledged to tackle malnutrition.
“If these commitments are to translate into real progress on the ground, it is crucial that African policymakers continue to show leadership," said Mrs Karuku.
AGRAis a dynamic Africa based, African-led organization committed to fighting food insecurity to uplift millions of the continent’s smallholder farmers out of poverty through smallholder agriculture transformation.
Mrs Karuku's career spans over 20 years, most of which has been in the agriculture sector. She has held senior positions in a number of international corporate organizations, including Farmers Choice and Cadbury Limited, where she served as the Managing Director with responsibility for 14 countries in the East and Central African region.
She joined AGRA in April 2012 from Telkom Kenya, where she was the Deputy Chief Executive and Secretary General from July 2010. She sits on various boards, including those of the Barclays Bank -Kenya, Junior Achievement-Kenya and the United States International University-Africa. She earned an MBA in marketing from the National University of California, USA and holds a degree in Food Science and Technology from the University of Nairobi.
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