Dr Ngongi Namanga

Board Member

Dr. Namanga Ngongi is the founding chairman of the AFAP board of trustees, he is the founding chairman of the AFAP board of trustees. Dr. Namanga Ngongi has made major contributions  to agricultural development and international diplomacy.

With an extensive career in international development and agricultural expertise, he has made significant contributions to various organizations and initiatives. Serving as the president of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) until April 2012.

Dr. Ngongi’s remarkable journey began in 1984 when he joined the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) as the head of the East and Southern Africa service. His dedication and capabilities led to his promotion to the position of deputy executive director at WFP, where he served from 1994 to 2001. In this role, he played a crucial part in overseeing the organization’s operations and making significant contributions to addressing food security challenges.

Recognizing his diplomatic skills and commitment to humanitarian efforts, Dr. Ngongi was appointed as the undersecretary-general and special representative of the Secretary-General of the UN to the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 2001 to 2003. In this capacity, he successfully managed peacekeeping operations, facilitated the delivery of humanitarian assistance, and supervised the ceasefire implementation, leaving a lasting impact on the region.

Dr. Ngongi’s involvement extends beyond AGRA and the United Nations. He currently holds the position of Vice-Chair on the Board of Trustees of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), an esteemed institution that contributes to agricultural research and development. Additionally, he serves as a member of the Programme Committee of the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), a leading institution focusing on economic policy research and capacity-building in Africa.

Before his illustrious career with international organizations, Dr. Ngongi began as an agricultural extension officer in Cameroon, reflecting his genuine passion for agriculture. He also owns a farm in Cameroon, showcasing his practical engagement in the sector.

Dr. Ngongi’s academic background further demonstrates his commitment to agricultural knowledge and expertise. He earned his undergraduate degree in Agriculture from the California State Polytechnic University in 1968. Subsequently, he pursued graduate degrees in Agronomy from Cornell University, completing his studies in 1973 and 1976.

With an impressive career marked by accomplishments in agricultural development, international diplomacy, and leadership, Dr. Namanga Ngongi continues to contribute significantly to the advancement of agriculture in Africa. His expertise, dedication, and commitment have made him a highly respected figure within the international community, leaving a lasting legacy in the pursuit of sustainable agricultural growth and food security.