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Betty Kibaara

Director, Food Initiative, The Rockefeller Foundation

Betty Kibaara is a Director at The Rockefeller Foundation, Africa Region Office. At the Foundation, Betty leads the implementation of the YieldWise Initiative that with a goal to reduce food loss in Maize (Tanzania), Mangoes (Kenya) and Cassava and Tomato value chains to improve livelihoods of the small holder farmers. She serves as the regional champion for the Foundations initiatives in strengthening food security, agribusiness and the building of resilience to the devastating effects of climate change to enable real, sustainable and equitable economic growth.

Prior to joining the Rockefeller Foundation in 2009, Betty worked as a Research Fellow at the Tegemeo Institute of Agricultural Policy and Development, Egerton University. For over a decade she conducted numerous large-panel household data surveys and has published widely on food security, efficient use of agricultural inputs and agricultural markets. On the policy front, she has published work on the Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Program and the agricultural policy-making process in Kenya.

Ms. Kibaara holds a Master of Science Degree in Agricultural and Resource Economics, Colorado State University, USA and Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness Management, Egerton University, Kenya.

Authored Content

  • Jun 10 2020
    Blog Post Using Real-Time Data Analysis to Adapt in Moments of Crisis: A Lesson in Reducing Post-Harvest Loss Across Africa The Covid-19 global pandemic has lain bare many vulnerabilities in our current systems, from a lack of equity and economic opportunity to the weaknesses of our food supply chains. As the world moves to address the pandemic’s effects, listening to the stakeholders and intended beneficiaries can yield important insights on how to adapt and refine […] Betty Kibaara, Hannah Metcalfe, Nichelle Walton, Veronica Olazabal
  • Jun 09 2020
    Blueprint Mobile Solutions to Reduce Crop Loss in Africa YieldWise is The Rockefeller Foundation’s $130 million initiative working with private, public, and nonprofit actors involved in the food supply system to cut their food loss and waste by half. From how smallholder farmers harvest and bring crops to market, to reducing corporate losses across supply chains, to corporate losses across supply chains, all the […] Betty Kibaara, Veronica Olazabal
  • May 22 2020
    Blog Post Covid-19 & Smart Food Markets for the Future Nothing excites me more than visiting an open-air market and sampling some succulent, juicy pineapple, or a yellow-ripe sweet banana amidst small chit-chat with the friendly women vendors. These pleasantries are no longer the norm. With all of us wearing masks, I can hardly recognize my vendors and they cannot make out their customers. I […] Betty Kibaara
  • Feb 10 2020
    Blog Post Komesha Fruit Fly Campaign: An Innovative Partnership to Increase Consumption of Mangoes in Kenya In January, The Rockefeller Foundation’s Food Initiative launched the Komesha Fruit Fly Campaign, a partnership with the Government of Kenya, USAID, Research Triangle Institute and others to support fruit fly control and create pest-free areas to reduce post-harvest losses in mangos. “Komesha” is a Swahili word for stop or destroy. Agriculture is an important subsector […] Amos Kisilu, Betty Kibaara
  • May 01 2018
    Blog Post What Mangoes in Kenya Can Teach Us About Food Loss Today, 40 percent of all food produced is never eaten, which is the equivalent of throwing nearly $1 trillion right in the trash—lost labor, water, energy, profits to small farmers, and so much more. The goal of our YieldWise Initiative is to make a sizeable dent in food loss in places where it matters most—in […] Betty Kibaara, Olivia Karanja
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