Anne Nyaga is The Chief Administrative Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock Fisheries and Cooperatives in the Government of Kenya. She was previously the County Minister for Agriculture in the County Government of Embu, Chief Executive Officer of the 4-H Kenya Foundation and founder and Chief Executiver Officer of Farm2Home Ltd. She is a talented fundraiser, innovator and mentor.
Ms. Nyaga holds a Bachelor of Science, Biomedical Science and Technology degree from Egerton University in Kenya and has various certifications in leadership and agriculture management. A proven organizational leader, she has a keen interest in Youth and Gender mainstreaming and the role of agriculture in youth empowerment.
Passionate about a food secure Africa, Ms. Nyaga has worked in her official and personal capacities with various the Government of Kenya, private sector, international, bilateral and multilateral donor organizations and non-state organizations on several agriculture policy initiatives. She has been a member of various committees and taskforces: National Youth in Agribusiness Strategy Development and Implementation Committee; National Thematic Working Group on Youth in Agriculture; National Coordination Team on Global Open Data on Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN); the Miraa Taskforce Implementation Committee; National Task Force for Development of Agricultural Sector Youth Policy.
An agripreneur with a rich background as a farmer, aggregator, transporter and an expert on the watermelon value-chain, she is renowned as one of the pioneers of the Kenyan youth agrarian revolution. She has spearheaded the revival of school-based agricultural clubs popularly known as 4-K and Young Farmers clubs. In 2019, she was invited as key note speaker to the IFAD Governing Council Conference in Rome to articulate, on behalf of the global youth movement, the urgent need for the agency, its member states and development partners to re-engineer its policies and global programmes to more effectively address the bottlenecks and barriers for youth entry into the agriculture careers.
The Chief Administrative Secretary considers her legacy to be successfully re-framing agriculture as an industry of first choice for young Kenyans. She is currently working on policies and programmes to promote their recruitment, engagement and retention in the sector in line with the Big 4 Agenda and Vision 2030 objective of transforming Kenya into a middle-income economy and the Sustainable Development Gola no. 2 envisioning a zero Hunger Kenya by 2030.