Rural development expert and Agricultural Specialist with more than 20 years of experience working with small business and Small Holder Agricultural in Africa.
Currently the Managing Director of the Agricultural Market Development Trust (AGMARK) agmark.org – a regional development organization supporting smallholder farmers to access inputs and technologies for increased production and output markets. AGMARK has been a Key player in small holder agricultural sector in the region since 2004, working with Government Private sector and development partners to develop and implement innovative models for smallholder farmers and pastoralists to access improved inputs for increased Agricultural production and create markets production in the East and Southern African region. AGMARK work has impacted over 3,000,000 smallholder farmers with project funding of over $ 20 Million since its inception in 2004.
Extensive experience in enterprise development in Africa – having traveled widely within the region consulting, training and offering technical support to government institutions, private Agricultural Input supply companies and local development institutions on issues relating to smallholder agricultural input access and output marketing.
Allan Mukisira has over 15 years’ professional experience managing and coordinating projects on Agriculture and Trade at the Agricultural Market Development Trust.
As a country representative for AGMARK and an Agrodealers Development Specialist for USAID funded Seeds for Development (S4D) in Republic of South Sudan, offered technical support for Agrodealers development and input subsidy program which targeted 15,000 farmers in Eastern, Central and Western Equatorial states, where 1000MT of inputs were delivered.
Has participated and offered technical support in training of Agro-Entrepreneurs within the COMESA region under the COMESA regional Agrodealers Program (COMRAP). He is thus familiar with various stakeholders in the agricultural Market including, Development partners, Regulators, Policy makers among others in the region.
Previously he has managed a USAID funded Feed the Future East Africa Food security through enhanced Regional Trade Project that engendered cross border trade across the borders of Kenya-Tanzania, Uganda-Kenya and Uganda Rwanda, over 10,000MT worth $1M of sorghum and beans were traded. He has held positions of a business and financial services coordinator for Kenya Agrodealers Strengthening Program (KASP) Kenya funded by AGRA. He Coordinated the Sustainable Smallholder Cross border trade Integration (SSMATI) funded by USAID and the East African Trade Hub where 2,000 farmers were mobilized in Eastern Uganda and Western Kenya to supply WFP under the purchase for progress activity(P4P).
He recently spearheaded the formation of an East African Grain Traders Association with funding from USAID under Regional Traders Association Development project, where he was project manager – DAI, East African trade and Investment Hub (EATIH) were implementing partners.
Projects’ manager, Agri-enterprise and institutional capacity and rural development specialist with 12 years of invaluable experience in Agriculture, Gender Integration, Regional Cross Border Trade and Food Security industries. Tedson has promoted the use of value chain (VC) framework to encourage an inclusive market system approach to economic growth and poverty reduction. He has built the capacity of smallholder farmers, traders and agribusinesses, strengthen linkages, and align profit incentives to ensure production is demand-driven and market-oriented. He has fostered a mutually beneficial relationship among value chain actors. Tedson is a certified USDA Cochran. His experience involves working for World Bank, KfW, USAID, EU, AGRA, USDA, Warren Buffet and Government of Kenya funded projects. Among his achievements includes publications on training, networking and gender mainstreaming in respect to capacity building and food security.
Finance and Administration
Faith is a Finance Officer with 7 years’ experience in Accounting & Administration. She has extensive knowledge in donor project implementation, reporting, and Grants Management, having worked with various programs including the USAID, EU, AGRA and other donor funded Projects.
Currently she is the Finance & Admin officer at AGMARK. Together with the Management team, she is involved in Identifying and applying strategies to enhance Program Quality Standards development, implementation and compliance and also Update and maintaining of office systems and policies.
Faith has a bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting from Kenyatta University and is currently pursuing her CPAs.
Front Office and Administration
Stella Bitutu has over 5 years’ experience in office administrative support in the development world and has been with AGMARK for the last 3 years. Before joining AGMARK, Stella had a successful career in the Flower export industry. At AGMARK, Stella Bitutu is in charge of managing the MD’s Diary, Front Office and Administrative Support to the various components of AGMARK.
Stella holds a Diploma in Business Administration and HR from Kenya Institute of Management.
Project Coordinator and Certified Commercial Trainer for AGMARK.
Banton has over 12 Years experience in Project management and commercial training of Agrodealers.
ICT, Monitoring & Evaluation
Khama Nixon has over 10 years experience in the ICT field, having had stints in both Public Service and private sector, has been with AGMARK for 5 years now offering technical support in IT systems and Communication. At AGMARK, Khama is charged with developing new ICT Ideas and Systems that ensure efficiency of projects and staff at AGMARK, training of Agrodealers on new business management technologies and demonstrating various digital applications that link farmers to the Agrodealers to Farmers and Suppliers.
Khama is also charged with the data management at AGMARK and also does communication duties, maintains and run AGMARK Website and various portals, links Digital ICT service Providers to AGMARK and Agrodealers.
Khama is experienced in Computing Systems & Devices, Public Communication, Computer Programming, Monitoring & Evaluation and Agrodealer development.
Khama holds a Diploma in Communication and a Degree in Computer Information Systems
Geoffrey Wawire has over 15 years working experience in community development work, business management training, agro dealer business activities, agricultural activities involving both crops and Livestock enterprises in Kenya, Uganda and Sudan.
He is currently employed by Agricultural Market Development Trust (AGMARK) as a project officer for North Eastern Kenya and Tana River counties in a Kenya Dry-lands Livestock Development Program (KDLDP). KDLDP is a Livestock program being implemented by three (3) partners namely Kenya Livestock Marketing Council (KLMC), AGMARK and Citizen Network for Foreign Affairs (CNFA).
Geoffrey also worked as an assistant project demonstrations coordinator for Sustainable Cross Border Trade (SSMATI ) project that was implemented by AGMRK in Western Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. The SSMATI program supported Agro dealers in bulking & aggregating cereals from small holder farmers and assisted them to access structured markets. Under SSMATI project, Geoffrey supported in establishing 170 modern grain storage facilities in the region.
He has also vast experience in working with youth, women groups and farmer groups in accessing credit guarantee funds, establishing agricultural demonstration farms, conducting agricultural demonstration shows and exhibitions.
Geoffrey has wide experience in agro dealer business establishments having worked with over 2500 agro dealers in Western Kenya by linking them to 35 Input supply companies, financial institutions, GoK line ministries of Agriculture and Livestock. In Western Kenya, he supported the establishment of 70 New agro dealer start up shops in remote areas with 72% of them being owned by youth and women.