Rhoda Peace Tumusiime
Her Excellency Tumusiime Rhoda Peace is a seasoned leader with extensive experience in agriculture and rural development. She is a former Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture at the African Union Commission (AUC), where she spearheaded multiple ministerial sectors ranging from crop agriculture, livestock, fisheries, forestry, land and water, environment, climate change, disaster risk reduction to rural development. Prior to this, she held senior positions in the Government of the Republic of Uganda as the Commissioner of Agricultural Planning and the Commissioner for Women in Development.
Her commitment to women’s empowerment, poverty eradication, sustainable agriculture, food and nutrition security, strategic planning, and partnership building is demonstrated through her career and leadership in championing these causes. Her extensive portfolio covered a broad range of areas, and she worked closely with other Pan-African Institutions and Development Partner Agencies to provide support to AU member states. Her expertise and experience have won her several key positions on regional and international organizations, such as the high-level Advisory Panel of UNISDR, the Advisory Board of EXPO 2015, and the governing boards of the International Fertilizer Development Centre (IFDC), the African Fertilizer Financing Mechanism (AFFM), and GAIN.
Her Excellency Tumusiime Rhoda Peace holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics, a Master’s degree in Economics, Planning and Managing Rural Development, and a Diploma in Women and Development. Her efforts have yielded increased responses in the framework of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Programme (CAADP) and other AU flagship programmes for priority setting for Agriculture. In addition to steering Africa’s preparation of the Disaster Reduction Action Plan in line with the global Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015, she also spearheaded the coordination of Africa’s preparations for global climate change negotiations and the formulation of a continent-wide climate change strategy.
In recognition of her contributions to the field of agriculture and rural development, Her Excellency Tumusiime Rhoda Peace was named the New African Woman in Agriculture in April 2017.