UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to the Food Systems Summit; President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, Rwanda
Dr. Agnes Kalibata is the president of the Alliance for a Green Revolution. She leads the organization’s efforts to ensure a food secure and prosperous Africa through rapid, inclusive, sustainable agricultural growth, improving the productivity and livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers in Africa. Dr. Kalibata was Rwanda’s Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources, where she drove programs that moved her country to food security helping to lift more than a million Rwandans out of poverty. She served as the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the 2021 Food Systems Summit. Dr. Kalibata was awarded the Yara Prize, now the Africa Food Prize, in 2012, an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Liège, and the National Academy of Sciences’ Public Welfare Medal for her work to drive Africa’s agricultural transformation through modern sciences and effective policy thereby improving livelihoods of stallholder farmers. She holds a doctorate in Entomology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.