COVID-19, global conflict, and climate change threaten progress and resiliency in the agricultural sector worldwide. But regions like East Africa are poised with the opportunity to positively disrupt an otherwise daunting narrative — and to ensure we can feed a growing global population.

The Global Agricultural Productivity Initiative from Virginia Tech is hosting a solutions-oriented event on 23 June from 9:30 – 1 p.m. EAT in Nairobi, Kenya, where attendees will find specific actions that can be taken in the next 12-36 months to accelerate agricultural productivity growth and enhance sustainability and resilience in East Africa, a region that shows promise for helping bolster global food and nutrition security.

East African and international experts from government, industry, universities and the research community, producers, development agencies, and civil society will be in attendance to share their insight.

Event Partners



Welcoming remarks


Agricultural Productivity in East Africa: Current Status and Future Prospects – Presentation and discussion of data


Fireside Chat – Technology and Trade for Productivity Growth


Tea Break and Official Photo


Solutions Sets – Public-private-producer partnerships that have demonstrated success in accelerating agricultural productivity growth, particularly for small-scale farmers. Presentations and Q&A with companies and organizations working in the region.


Tom Thompson

Associate Dean and Director of CALS Global
Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)

Nancy Mungai

Director of Research and Extension
Egerton University

Tony Fernandes

Deputy Assistant Secretary
US Department of State, Bureau for Economic and Business Affairs

Ann Steensland

Lead, Global Agricultural Productivity Initiative
Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Tim Njagi

Research Fellow
Tegemeo Institute of Agricultural Policy and Development

Jason Grant

W.G. Wysor Professor of Agriculture
Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Canisius Kanangire

Executive Director
African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF)

Nassib Mugwanya

Manager Global Partnerships – Agriculture Engagement & Activation, Stakeholder Affairs & Strategic Partnerships
Bayer Crop Science

Humphrey Kiruaye

Country Leader, Kenya & Great Lakes Region
Corteva Agriscience

Florah Kirira

Partnership Development Coordinator
Farmer Input Promotions Africa (FIPS-Africa)

Photo of Folu Okunade

Folu Okunade

Hello Tractor

Okeyo Mwai

Principal Scientist Global Livestock Genetics
ILRI- Live Gene Research Program: African Dairy Genetic Gains (ADGG)

Benson Mutuku

Gender Expert: Impacting Gender & Nutrition through Innovative Technical Exchange in Agriculture (IGNITE), Tanager

GAP Initiative Supporting Partners

The GAP Report is supported by investments from the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. GAP Report Supporting Partners provide financial support for the GAP Report and related activities. They offer an important perspective on critical issues facing agricultural systems in the US and around the world.

GAP Initiative Consultative Partners

Our work is enhanced by contributions from Consultative Partners who share their knowledge and experience in agriculture, conservation, nutrition and the needs of small-scale farmers.

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