New leadership programme to boost food systems in Africa

The inaugural class of the African Food Systems Leadership Programme kicked off on Monday, May 17, 2021, with a virtual launch ceremony in Nairobi and Wageningen University & Research in The Netherlands.

The Fellowship brings together 30 passionate food systems leaders who make up the inaugural cohort of the African Food Systems Leadership Programme.

This 10-month Fellowship is the first of its kind in Africa and focuses initially on three impact areas of aquaculture, horticulture and agri-finance.


It targets emerging leaders from the private, public, and civic sectors who will shape the ambitions, agendas and market dynamics that are needed to  transform Africa’s food systems, and ensure availability and access to healthy and sustainable food for all.

It seeks to strengthen African leadership that is creating the solutions to the most pressing challenges facing African food systems today, by focusing on leadership development, incubation, networking and collaboration

The Fellowship is an initiative of Wageningen University & Research and Wasafiri, with support from the IKEA Foundation.

Our Vision

A continent-wide Fellowship of African leaders actively contributing to food systems transformation agendas up to and beyond the SDGs.

Our Goal

An African-led Fellowship of national chapters in 30+ countries, with Fellows from all walks of life shaping and driving food systems that generate health and wealth for all people and our planet.

Download the programme overview

Meet the Fellows