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Chief of Party Robert Anyang

Robert Anyang is an agricultural production and marketing expert with 22 years of experience applying the facilitative approach to market systems and value chain development. He is currently the chief of party of the USAID Feed the Future Uganda Commodity Production and Marketing Activity. He has extensive experience advancing public-private partnerships, incubating youth-owned businesses, and expanding smallholder farmer access to markets, finance, and production and post-harvest technologies across Africa. Mr. Anyang has previously led activities to deploy digital technologies to provide improved extension services, market information, and financial services. He previously worked for the Investment in Developing Export Agriculture project, the Agricultural Productivity Enhancement Program, and various private-sector firms. Hailing from Nigeria, Mr. Anyang 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…