Betty Kibaara is a Director in the Food Initiative at The Rockefeller Foundation, Africa Region Office. At the Foundation, Betty leads the Foundations investments in transforming food systems specifically investments in innovations on smart food markets for the future, increasing access to nutritious foods through instructional procurement. What is more, she is also advancing insect-based feed for improved nutrition.
Betty led the implementation of the YieldWise Initiative to reduce food loss in Maize (Tanzania), Mangoes (Kenya) and Cassava and Tomato value chains to improve livelihoods for the smallholder farmers. She serves as the regional champion for the Foundations initiatives in strengthening food security, agribusiness, and resilience to the devastating effects of climate change to enable real, sustainable, and equitable economic growth.
Betty Chairs the Technical Working Group that is working towards the re-export of the Kenyan Mangoes to the EU and UK. Betty firmly believes that there is no food system transformation without transformation of the fresh produce markets in Africa”. Before joining the Rockefeller Foundation in 2009, Betty worked as a Research Fellow at the Tegemeo Institute of Agricultural Policy and Development, Egerton University. Ms. Kibaara holds a Master of Science degree in Agricultural and Resource Economics, Colorado State University, USA and a Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness Management, Egerton University, Kenya.