The keynote Lecture was delivered by Dr. Victor Afari-Sefa
Dr. Victor Afari-Sefa, a citizen of Ghana, is an Agricultural Economist and a research for development practitioner, with over 18 years of post- graduation experience in projects and programmes design, implementation management, feasibility and impact assessment and resource allocation. He was appointed the Regional Director of the World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg)'s newly created West and Central Africa - Coastal and Humid Regions in April 2017. He is currently based at the Center's Regional Oﬃce at the IITA-campus in Cotonou, Benin. From early 2011 to early 2017 he was WorldVeg's Global eme Leader - Consumption (i.e., comprised of produce postharvest, marketing, nutrition and monitoring & evaluation R&D interventions) from his then base in Arusha, Tanzania. He has extensive experience in performance monitoring and impact assessment of horticultural value chains on smallholder livelihoods. Victor has previously led and coordinated vegetable socioeconomic research in sub-Saharan Africa and globally by assessing opportunities and challenges in production systems, analyzing constraints in the value chain, and analyzing policy in interdisciplinary context. He has multi-country project management experience and has been coordinating multidisciplinary research in horticultural value chains, in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia where he emphasizes on proactive planning processes to attain set deliverables. Victor currently leads the horticulture priority intervention area and vegetable value chain component of the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) initiative to be funded by the African Development Bank. Victor understands and promotes public-private partnerships as one mechanism to introduce, test and validate horticultural innovations to enhance household resilient production systems, market eﬃciencies, landscape management, institutional and inclusive policy reforms and impact investments. He also has international experience in integrated economic-biophysical optimization modeling of agricultural water use at river basin level. Prior to joining the World Vegetable Center in 2010, Victor worked as a Monitoring, Evaluation and Impact Specialist at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and Research Scientist at Center for Development Research (ZEF) in Bonn, Germany. He is a successful author and co-author of several grant proposals and has published a number of books / book chapters and 46 peer reviewed articles in international scholarly journals such as Food Security, Experimental Agriculture, Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, Environmental Science and Policy, International Journal of Social Economics, International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, International Food and Agribusiness Management Review etc. Victor holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Giessen, Germany.
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