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Chief of Party Robert Anyang

Robert Anyang is an agricultural value chain improvement and marketing expert with more than 20 years of experience applying the facilitative approach to market systems and value chain development. He currently serves as agriculture and food security adviser for Chemonics’ Eastern and Southern Africa regional business unit. Previously, Mr. Anyang was chief of party for USAID’s Feed the Future Uganda Commodity Production and Marketing Activity, which developed a national supply chain model that delivers production and marketing services to 460,000 farmers. He has extensive experience advancing public-private partnerships in Africa, incubating youth-owned businesses, and expanding smallholder farmers’ access to markets, finance, production, and post-harvest technologies across the continent. Mr. Anyang has previously led activities to deploy digital technologies to enhance extension, market information, and financial services. He holds advanced degrees in agronomy, rural development, crop production, and horticulture from Kenyatta University, the Federal University of Technology, and Lagos State Polytechnic.

Blog Posts by Robert Anyang

Fostering Youth-Led Farmer Services Enterprises in Uganda

Uganda has the world’s second-youngest population with 8 million youth aged 15 to 30 and a growing job gap: Each year 400,000 youth enter the labor market and compete for 80,000 formal jobs. With a high population growth rate, job seekers are expected to reach 48 million by 2040. Reliant on agriculture, Uganda sits at…

Services On Wheels: Transforming Uganda’s Maize Market

In Uganda’s agricultural market system, the maize sub-sector is vital to national, community, and household food security. Uganda is the third-largest exporter of maize in Africa and second in maize flour, with exports dominating formal and informal export markets in East Africa, especially Kenya and South Sudan. A major issue for value chain actors, from…

Re-imagining the Small-Scale Trader in Ugandan Value Chains

Middleman — the very term itself is associated with extra hoops to jump through, farmers being cheated, and limited value being offered to farmers and value chains generally. The idea of cutting out the middleman is frequently thought of as a selling point, casting these intermediaries as the “bad guys” of the value chain, worth…