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15 November 2023
Food systems

SIANI regional network meeting 2023

Round table Dialogue Sessions at the SIANI Regional meeting in Nairobi, November 2018.

On the 15th of November 2023, SIANI is hosting a regional hybrid network meeting in Nairobi. The theme of the meeting is Partnerships and collaborations for food system transformation. 

SIANI invites all network members and partners in the region to be part of this event to connect, network, share ideas and exchange experiences on how we together can collaborate to transform our food system. It is also an opportunity to contribute to shaping the dialogue around rights-based and sustainable food systems and the role of the SIANI network as we enter a new programme phase. 

SIANI looks forward to gathering a variety of actors within the SIANI network for a day of fruitful conversations and new insights!


Times in Nairobi time, UTC+3

8.00     Registration and coffee (served from 8.30)

8.50     Introduction and presentation of SIANI 4
             Madeleine Fogde, Director of SIANI 

09.10   Addressing challenges of the food system through multisector collaboration Part 1
            John Mugonya, Regional Program Manager, Agripreneurship Alliance
            Naol Adugna Oli, Co-founder, Beta Blockers LTD
             Diana Njihia, PMERL and Business Development Programme Officer, Vi Agroforestry
             Patrick Muiruri, Director, Food system Department, Nairobi City County

             Panel with the speakers 

10.10     Break 

10.15     Addressing challenges of the food system through multisector collaboration Part 2
            Stephen Muchiri, CEO, East African Farmers Federation 
             Jane Mutune, Lecturer, University of Nairobi
            Courtney Bennett, RBN Food Systems Process Manager & External Partnerships and
            Caroline Bird, Global Head of Partnerships Lab, World Food Programme (WFP)

             Panel with the speakers

11.15       Coffee/tea

11.40     Looking back and looking forward: The role of researchers in agricultural development
            Ingrid Öborn, Professor, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
             Charles Niwagaba, Professor, Makerere University
             Allen Mueke, Lecturer, Mount Kenya University 
             Dennis Mulupi, PhD, Maseno University 

12.30    Lunch 

13.30    Roundtable discussions

15.00    Closing remarks
             Madeleine Fogde, Director of SIANI 

15.15      Mingle, networking and exhibition


John Mugonya
Regional Program Manager, Agripreneurship Alliance

John Mugonya is the Regional Program Manager at Agripreneurship Alliance in Uganda with a rich experience in agribusiness programs and research. Through partnerships with universities Agripreneurship Alliance is educating young agripreneurs by providing training on business development.



Diana Njihia
PMERL and Business Development Programme Officer, Vi Agroforestry

Diana Njihia works as the Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Learning and Business Development Programme Officer at Vi Agroforestry. She is working to build capacity to fight climate change and poverty among farmer organisations and their members.  She has broad experience in the private sector and civil society. She is passionate in climate change adaptation, smallholder farmer empowerment, gender and social inclusion, sustainable agriculture land management based on agroforestry, climate and economic justice.


Patrick Muiruri
Director, Food system Department, Nairobi City County

Patrick Muiruri is the Director at the Food System Department at Nairobi City County. He is currently implementing the Nairobi Food System Strategy where the food system is approached with stakeholder involvement from the four nodes of production, distribution, utilization, and consumer awareness while processing and recycling waste.


Stephen Muchiri
CEO, Eastern Africa Farmers Federation

Stephen Muchiri is the CEO of the Eastern Africa Farmers Federation (EAFF), a regional farmers’ association with members from ten East African countries. Stephen has experience with promoting agribusiness and building strategic partnerships across agricultural value chains.


Jane Mutune
Lecturer, University of Nairobi

Jane is a lecturer at the University of Nairobi with over ten years of experience and research interests in forest governance, Climate Smart Agriculture, green growth and sustainable livelihoods. She is a member of the AgriFoSe2030 programme with a project supporting pastoralists and agro-pastoralists to increase agricultural production and enhance ecosystem functions.


Ingrid Öborn
Professor, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Ingrid is Professor of Agricultural Cropping System at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Uppsala, Sweden, and a Senior Research Fellow of World Agroforestry (ICRAF). She is also a member of the AgriFoSe2030 Steering committee as well as the SIANI Steering Committee.


Charles Niwagaba
Professor, Makerere University

Dr. Charles Niwagaba is a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Makere University, Uganda. His research is focused around innovations for safe plant nutrient recycling through the processing of sewage to fertilizer. He is currently investigating the potential of dried urine fertilizers.


Allan Mueke
Lecturer, Mount Kenya University

Allan is a Lecturer at the department of Animal Health and Production, Mount Kenya University. He is a specialist in Crop protection, plant health and phytosanitary regulations and standards. His research focuses on the development of biopesticides, integrated pest management, agroecology and sustainable crop production.


Dennis Mulupi
PhD student, Maseno University

Dennis Mulupi is a PhD student in Agricultural Economics at Maseno University whose research is on sustainable agriculture.



Naol Adugna Oli
Co-founder, Beta Blockers PLC

Naol Adugna Oli is a young entrepreneur from Ethiopia with a passion for fighting malnutrition. He is the co-founder of Beta Blockers PLC, a startup with a dedicated mission to create affordable, nutritious, and sustainable food solutions using locally grown crops and pulses, with a special emphasis on combating malnutrition, especially in children. He is also a pharmacy graduate from Addis Ababa University.


Courtney Bennett
Lead regional Food Systems Partnerships East Africa, WFP

Courtney Bennett is WFP’s regional Food Systems Partnerships lead for the eastern Africa region, providing internal guidance on identifying strategic links between technical units, building on existing activities for enhanced thematic outcomes. Externally, Courtney maps and liaises with complementary partners, including foundations, academia, and research institutions, to create leverage points in WFP’s humanitarian-development programmes, specifically, those contributing to transforming local food systems.

Registration is closed.


From 15 November 2023 at 08:30 to 15 November 2023 at 17:00


Park Inn by Radisson Hotel, Westlands, Nairobi and online

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