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Advisor Food & Climate Change

James-NyoroJames Karanja Nyoro is the Senior Food Security and Climate Change Advisor to the Presidency based at the Office of Deputy President. His responsibilities includes providing the strategic direction to the Government to systematically and sustainably formulate facilitate and implement policies and programs that will ensure that Kenya attains its food security targets while also improving the livelihoods of a large number of producers.

The aim is to ensure that Kenya achieves food security within the framework of Kenya’s long term development blue print, the Vision 2030, the Agricultural Sector Development Strategy 2013-2017 and the Second Medium Term plan 2013-2017 that encompasses the Jubilee Manifesto.

Mr. Nyoro is passionate about food security issues in the region and has over the last two decades and a half worked on policies that could strengthen food security in Africa. On climate Change issues, his role includes coordinating the cross –sectoral nature of climate change while also ensuring that climate change is factored in national sustainable development planning. 

Prior to Joining Government, Mr. Nyoro was the Managing Director, Rockefeller Foundation in charge of the African Region based in Nairobi, Kenya. His responsibilities included overseeing Foundation work across Africa, strengthening and complementing the Foundation’s initiatives around the globe. This includes Strengthening Food Security through the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, Developing Climate Change Resilience, Linking Global Disease Surveillance Networks and Transforming Health Systems by harnessing the transformation of health systems towards better.

Before joining the Rockefeller Foundation, Mr. Nyoro was the Executive Director of a Nairobi-based policy think tank, Tegemeo Institute, Egerton University’s, In this role, he identified policy needs and developed research themes in agricultural and rural development though collaboration with African for Governments, private sector and development partners. He also contributed immensely in the formulation of key Government development strategies among them the Kenya Vision 2030 and the, Strategy for Revitalizing Agriculture (SRA). He has also served in several Governments appointed task forces to address challenges in agricultural and rural development in the region.

During the previous two decades, Mr. Nyoro worked as a principal analyst at Tegemeo, in charge of policy research and advocacy in agriculture and rural development. He started his career at the Coffee Research Foundation Ruiru where he served as an economist at the Economic Unit which he founded and was headed for 4 years. James is an Agricultural Economics graduate from University of Nairobi and University of London’s Wye College, University of London and is working on his PHD degree.