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Hybrid Event

BOOK LAUNCH: Food Systems Transformation in Kenya: Lessons from the Past and Policy Options for the Future

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John Vercoe Auditorium ILRI, Old Naivasha Road, near Uthiru Nairobi Kenya
Co-organized by IFPRI, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development (MoALD), and CGIAR Initiative on National Policies and Strategies (NPS)

Food systems transformation offers a promising avenue to achieve the goals Kenya has set out in the Bottom-Up Economic Agenda (BETA). The new book Food Systems Transformation in Kenya: Lessons from the Past and Policy Options for the Future, edited by Clemens Breisinger, Michael Keenan, Jemimah Njuki, and Juneweenex Mbuthia, takes a critical look at Kenya’s whole food system, including food supply chains, the food environment, consumer behavior, external drivers, and development outcomes and considers the system’s history and experiences from other countries. With chapters authored by Kenyan and international experts, this collaborative work presents both a bird’s-eye view of the Kenyan food system and in-depth analyses of its components. Rigorous economic research provides unique insights into both broad policy themes and specific actions that can position Kenya as a global leader in tackling the challenges of food-system-led transformation. 

Join us for this hybrid book launch at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Nairobi campus and online. Speakers from academia, Kenyan research institutes, policy institutions, and CGIAR will discuss the recommendations. A light reception will follow the presentations. For in person attendance, please contact Ann Mureithi (a.mureithi@cgiar.org).


Welcoming Remarks

  • Ismahane Elouafi, Executive Managing Director, CGIAR
  • Johan Swinnen, Managing Director, Systems Transformation, CGIAR; Director General, IFPRI
  • Hon.Mithika Linturi, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development (MoALD) (invited)
  • Gideon Obare, Executive Director, Tegemeo Institute of Agricultural Policy and Development 

Overview of the Book

Reflections on the Book and Panel Discussion

  • Jane Ambuko, Associate Professor, University of Nairobi
  • Michael Keenan, Associate Research Fellow, IFPRI
  • Rose Ngugi, Executive Director/Board Secretary, Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) 
  • Nancy Laibuni, Associate Member, President’s Council of Economic Advisors 
  • Andrew McCown, Agriculture and Rural Development Partner Group (ARDPG) Representative; Director for the Center of Resilience and Food Security, Feed the Future Coordinator for United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Kenya and East Africa

Closing Remarks  

  • Appolinaire Djikeng, Director General, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI); Senior Director, Livestock Based-Systems, CGIAR and MD Resilient AgriFood Systems, CGIAR