Boaz Blackie Keizire biography

Boaz Blackie Keizire is the Head of Policy and Advocacy at the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). Keizire has spent over 15 years working in the areas of agriculture and natural resource policy, planning and analysis and rural development. Prior to joining AGRA he was Head of the Division of Agriculture and Food Security, and Team Leader, of the Pan African Agricultural Reform Program, the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP), at the African Union Commission (AUC) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Keizire was a Senior Advisor on CAADP at the AUC,  Head of Agriculture and Natural Resource Planning, at the National Planning Authority in Uganda and previously a Principal Economist and a CAADP Lead Person in Uganda. Keizire’s work has raised the profile of the African Union Commission as a leader in advancing the political and policy agenda to mobilize the global community and African Member States towards Agricultural transformation through CAADP.  Keizire has been instrumental in using country specific models and examples to change the quality of leadership of CAADP provided by the African Union Commission. He has written and published papers for ACODE, UNEP, FAO and UNDP among others. He is a Research Associate with Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE)-an Environment and Policy Research Think Tank in Uganda- and also was a part time Lecturer of Fisheries Economics in the Zoology Department, Makerere University.

Keizire holds an MSc in Agricultural Economics from Makerere University, Uganda, a BSc in Economics from the same university and a Diploma in Fisheries Policy, Planning and Management from United Nations University, Iceland.

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