The Agripreneurship Alliance is deeply honoured that Dr. Ruth Oniang’o, winner of the 2017 African Food Prize, has kindly accepted our invitation to become Patron of the Agripreneurship Alliance.
Professor Ruth Oniang’o is an outstanding African woman. She is a leading academic expert in Food Security and Nutrition with a record of influencing government policies and training numerous young professionals in this field. As a leading academic she founded and edited the African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (AJFAND). It is the premier peer-reviewed journal on agricultural development in Africa.
She is a strong believer in and at the forefront of debate when it comes to matters of agricultural research, food and nutrition security and in restoring Africa’s dignity by ensuring a Green Revolution for Africa.
She is a committed activist, the founder and first Executive Director of Rural Outreach Program (ROP), a not- for- profit community development organization with the goal of harnessing the intellectual resource of the university, connect it with the various capacities within communities to try and improve rural poor people’s livelihoods. She has literally transformed the lives of many rural poor families in western Kenya where her activities are based.
Throughout her life, she has championed the cause of the youth, the poor and the women in her country and throughout Africa. We feel proud she accepted to be our founder Patron.