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Mary Igbinnosa
Programme Policy Officer (Value Chain Analysis for Local Procurement) , UN World Food Programme
Johannesburg, South Africa
Mary, a bilingual expert with 20+ years of managerial experience in UN, CGIAR, NGOs, focuses on program policy formulation in food systems, biodiversity, and South-South Cooperation, value chains analysis and development. Proficient in research and policy management, she aims for resilient food systems and evidence-based development.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Agriculture, Livelihoods, Microfinance, Rural
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
Professional Experience:
Currently based in RBJ (Food Systems and Market Development unit), I am the regional Value Chain Analyst facilitating Local Procurement under the LRFPP. Other past positions successfully held similar to the profile described in above captioned position include, being the Partnership Engagement Expert for the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) Programme of the African Development Bank (AfDB) – linking the technologies for the development of nine value chains to funded projects in 27 African countries through strategic engagement with national governments and non-state actors; Development and Liaison Officer for Leventis Foundation Nigeria – mainstreaming value chain concept into the training curriculum, improving the capacity of staff of Leventis Foundation agricultural training schools in value chain approach to agribusiness development; Value Chain Expert (UNIDO) - facilitating the value chain support program for Tanzania through value chain analysis for inclusive value chain development; Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (PGRFA) Officer (FAO/RAF) provided policy guidance as well as operational and technical support to FAO member countries on conservation and the use of local/indigenous crops. I also had the opportunity as consultant (South-South Cooperation/South-South and Triangular Cooperation – SSC/SSTC) with Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO/RAF) assessing the impact of COVID-19 on exchanging solutions within the global South and screening local technologies and innovations for mainstreaming into SSTC.
(Strategic Management).
Eurasian Management and Administration School (EMAS Business School), Russia. May 2021 - date. Skills: Strategy Business Management, Business Modelling, Entrepreneurship

(Agricultural Production Chain Management)
Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences, Wageningen, The Netherlands. Sept 2010 – Sept 2011. Skills: Agricultural Production Chain Management, Value Chain Analysis and Development, Stakeholder Engagement, Agribusiness Development.

(Agricultural Biology): University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. 1990-1991. Skills: Biodiversity Conservation and Use.

(Biology): University of Lagos, Lagos Nigeria. 1987-1990: Genetics, Environmental Biology, Cell Biology.

• Advanced Certificate of Education: Cameroon College of Arts, Science and Technology, Bambili, Cameroon. 1983-1985

• Secondary Certificate: Government Bilingual Sec. Sch., Bamenda, Cameroon. 1978-1983

I also have supplementary training in supply chain management, climate change mitigation in developing countries, cooperate social responsibilities and value creation, and solid waste management in developing countries, Value Chain for Development, Food Systems.
Affiliations and Achievements:
Some Publications

1. Igbinnosa M. A. 2023. World Food Programme: Food Value Chain Analysis and Development in Southern Africa. 8pp.
2. Igbinnosa M.A. 2021. Evidence-based Technology and Innovation Transfer Approaches for Scaling through SSTC in East and West Africa. Technical Consultant Report, FAO/RAF. 16 pages.
3. Igbinnosa M.A. 2021. Impact of COVID-19 on the South-South and Triangular Cooperation knowledge exchanges in Est and West Africa. Technical Consultant Report, FAO/RAF 31 pages
4. Igbinnosa M.A. (2020a). Effective and Functional Partnership for Successful Upscaling of Technologies across Agricultural Value Chains, to Feed Africa. African Journal of Sustainable Agricultural Development. Vol. 1, Number 3 (July-September, 2020) | Journal DOI: 10.46654/2714 Article DOI: 10.46654/2714.1325
5. Igbinnosa M.A. (2020b). Technology for African Agricultural Transformation Program – Progress Report on Partnerships for the Dissemination of Technologies across Africa, Technical Report, AfDB/IITA TAAT Clearinghouse, Cotonou, Benin Republic, 43p
6. Igbinnosa, M. (2018). Analysis of the effects of agricultural training program on ex-trainees 2017, Technical Report, AG Leventis Foundation GTE, Abuja FCT Nigeria, 25p
7. Igbinnosa M A. 2011. Opportunity for value chain development by improving beef processing practices in rural Tanzania. (Thesis.).

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    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, French, Italian
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