Joan C. Kagwanja

Joan Kagwanja

Chief of the  Land Policy Initiative, UNECA

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Dr. Joan Cuka Kagwanja is the Chief of the Land Policy Initiative, an initiative of the African Union Commission (AUC), Economic Commission (ECA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB). She was instrumental in its establishment in 2006 and, along with focal persons from AUC and AfDB, led a roadmap of activities that saw the development of the Framework and Guidelines on Land Policy in Africa (F&G), adopted by the AU summit of Heads of State and Government in an AU Declaration on Land Issues and Challenges in Africa in July 2009.

Dr. Kagwanja is a Kenyan national and holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia (USA). She has over 15 years experience in African development, having held several positions at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).

Dr. Kagwanja was one of the coordinating authors of the Report of the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology (IAASTD). She serves as chair/member of several boards and is Council Member of one of the leading Universities in Kenya.