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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.


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  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • Nov 10 2017
    Blog Post Are Africa's Farmers Ready for the Supermarkets Revolution? Urbanization and rising middle-class incomes across Africa mean that half of Africa’s food now sells in cities – and, increasingly, in supermarkets. Significant local and foreign investment in food manufacturing and retailing, combined with the middle class demand for quality food products and one-stop-shopping, places Africa on the cusp of a supermarket revolution. Indeed, across […]
  • Feb 27 2017
    Blog Post Reducing Food Loss in the Maize Value Chain: Bringing Agro-Dealers on Board In July of 2016 I traveled to Iringa town, one of the largest maize producing regions in Tanzania. Iringa has a beautiful landscape, surrounded by rocky hills with gold maize fields ready for harvest. It is hot and dry—good weather for the production of high-quality maize. Almost 40% of Iringa’s population depend on agriculture and livestock […]
  • Feb 18 2016
    Blog Post Post-Harvest Technologies: Questions from the Farmers Earlier this month I traveled to Babati, located 200km away from Arusha Tanzania. It was an enjoyable drive, with the fresh air and tranquility in the village, farmers weeding their crop fields in anticipation of a good harvest, animals grazing, children walking to school and small business entrepreneurs selling their merchandise. I was warmly welcomed by […]
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