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Tegemeo Institute Gets a New Director …

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Meet our new Director, Dr. Miltone Ayieko. Dr. Miltone Ayieko takes over leadership at the Tegemeo Institute of Agricultural Policy and Development of Egerton University beginning August 2017. Dr. Ayieko takes over from Dr. Mary Mathenge who has led the Institute for the past eight years. Prior to his appointment Dr, Ayieko was a Senior Research Fellow in charge of Outreach, Communication and Partnerships at the institute, and the Regional Coordinator of the Integrated Seed Sector Development Program in Africa (ISSD Africa) whose secretariat has been hosted at Tegemeo Institute for the past about three years. Before joining Tegemeo Institute, Dr. Ayieko was a lecturer at Egerton University’s department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Management where he taught Agricultural Policy, Agricultural Marketing and International Trade, among other courses.

Dr. Ayieko has more than 15 years’ experience in agricultural policy research. His research has focused on rural livelihoods, seed systems, market development, technology adoption and agricultural value chain analysis. He has also served in various ministerial taskforces and committees and advised on key policy initiatives to transform the agricultural sector in Kenya. Specifically, he served on the Ministry of Agriculture’s Standing Committee on Seed that provided input for the formulation of the Kenya’s Seed Policy, and was a member of the technical committee of the Vision 2030. He will now spearhead Tegemeo Institute’s research, analysis and outreach agenda in ensuring that the Institute pursues its mandate of providing credible research and knowledge for accountability and learning to catalyse agricultural and rural transformation.

Dr. Ayieko holds a doctorate degree in Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics from Michigan State University, USA. From all of us at Tegemeo Institute, we wish him well and offer our full support as he begins his term. Through his leadership, we look forward to continue engaging with our stakeholders and informing the agricultural policy formulation agenda the country and beyond.