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Thursday, October 16 • 10:30am - 11:30am
Focus on Africa: Policy and Partnerships

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Moderators
avatar for Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda

Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda

Chief Executive Officer and Head of Mission, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)
Lindiwe Majele Sibanda is the CEO and Head of Mission of the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN). She is an animal scientist by training and a practicing commercial beef cattle farmer. She received her BSc degree at the University of Alexandria in Egypt, and her MSc and PhD at the University of Reading in the UK. Dr. Sibanda is currently the Board Chair of the International Livestock Research Institute... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for H. E. Florence Chenoweth

H. E. Florence Chenoweth

Minister of Agriculture, Liberia
In the 1970s, Dr. Florence Chenoweth became Liberia’s, and by extension Africa's, first female Minister of Agriculture. After escaping a violent coup in Liberia, Dr. Chenoweth joined the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) as its representative in Gambia, West Africa in 1995. She went on to open FAO's first office in South Africa following the end of apartheid. In 2001, Dr. Chenoweth was named FAO liaison with... Read More →
avatar for Birtukan Dagnachew

Birtukan Dagnachew

Smallholder Farmer and Female Food Hero, Ethiopia
Birtikuan Dagnachew lives in Woldiya District of North Wolo zone of the Amahara Regional State. She is 35 years old and has lost her husband 10 years ago during the Ethio-Eritrean war.  On 2.1 hectares of land she cultivates sorghum, teff and other cereals.  In addition to her main agricultural practices, she cultivates vegetables and fruits, coffee, gesho, avocado, orange, lemon, onion, and tomato both for family consumption and as a... Read More →
avatar for H. E. Gerardine Mukeshimana

H. E. Gerardine Mukeshimana

Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Republic of Rwanda
Gerardine Mukeshimana is the Minister of Agriculture and Animal resources of the Republic of Rwanda. As a Minister, she is of managing the Government policies for Agriculture and livestock sector modernization for food and nutrition security and economic growth. She is also responsible for policy formulation, work with other Ministries on cross cutting issues that affect agriculture sector especially land use and management, trade, commerce... Read More →
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Paul Schickler

President, DuPont Pioneer
Paul E. Schickler is president of DuPont Pioneer, the advanced seed genetics business of DuPont. In this role, which he has held since 2007, he has continued to expand Pioneer’s global business by remaining focused on innovation that improves local productivity and profitability of farmers in more than 90 countries. Since joining Pioneer in 1974, Schickler has served in a variety of finance and administrative leadership roles throughout the... Read More →
avatar for H. E. Joseph Sam Sesay

H. E. Joseph Sam Sesay

Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security, Sierra Leone
Joseph Sam Sesay is Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security for Sierra Leone. He was appointed to the position in October 2007 by President Ernest Bai Koroma. In 1981, he moved to Russia, where he completed his masters degree in medicine at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow in 1987. Sesay has also undergone postgraduate studies at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, the Netherlands. He also completed a certificate... Read More →


Thursday October 16, 2014 10:30am - 11:30am
Iowa Ballroom Downtown Des Moines Marriott (2nd Floor)