Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, the African Union’s Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture
As commissioner for rural economy and agriculture, Rhoda Peace Tumusiime oversees the agricultural sector including crop agriculture, environment, climate change, rural development and disaster risk reduction for the African Union (AU). She works closely with pan-African institutions and development agencies to support AU states. She is credited with increasing AU country involvement with the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) and has spearheaded preparations for African climate change and disaster risk reduction strategies.
Before joining the AU, she held positions with the Ugandan government including commissioner for agriculture planning and commissioner for women and development. She earned degrees in agricultural economics, economics, and planning and managing rural development from the University of Manchester and Makerere University.
She serves as a member of the high-level advisory panel for the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the governing board of the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) and is chairwoman of the African Fertilizer Financing Mechanism (AFFM).