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Country Manager /Value Chain Expert at International Potato Centre (CIP)
Dr. Kirimi Sindi is an agricultural economist with over 20 years of experience working in sub-Saharan Africa. His long-term research interest has focused on integration of nutritional concerns into agricultural research and development through a value chain approach. He focuses on understanding the adoption and impact of improved potato and sweetpotato varieties; the impact of agriculture-nutrition-health linkages on household nutrition outcomes; and the role of behavioral and social sciences in explaining farmer and consumer behavior and decision-making. He has special interest in understanding the factors that contributes to business success. He has PhD in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University. He has extensive experience in designing and management of development projects with a special focus of nutrition sensitive agriculture projects through Public Private Partnerships. For the last 20 years he has designed, implemented and analyzed numerous surveys in SSA. He also has considerable experience and interest in agricultural policy, poverty analysis, seed systems, and value chains. Dr. Kirimi Sindi is currently the Country Manager of International Potato Center in Rwanda. He is also the Secretary of APA and Vice Chair of the Local Organizing Committee in Rwanda. He has started several start-up businesses and has more than 10 years business management experience as a private businessman in agribusiness and other sectors.