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Chief Executive Officer for Feed the Future Uganda Strategic Investments Activity Anyang Robert Tabot

Anyang Robert Tabot is the chief executive officer for Feed the Future Uganda Strategic Investments Activity (SIA), which facilitates foreign and domestic commercial investments that yield and advance development objectives.

Robert has 27 years of proven experience in strengthening value chains, improving smallholder farmer market access, developing private sector seed production, expanding input networks, improving extension delivery, developing effective public-private partnerships, and linking farmers and farmer organizations (FOs) to agricultural finance and mechanization across Africa. He has vast expertise in promoting public-private partnership (PPP) support for agriculture, promoting agricultural technology, credit availability, inputs, and market access to improve the livelihoods of resource-poor smallholders. He is also a senior agricultural investment expert with more than 22 years of experience leading and advising private sector-driven development programs, including 19 years of USAID experience.

Robert has a demonstrated ability to facilitate commercial investments that increase the economic participation of vulnerable people, having reached more than 520,000 smallholder farmers in twelve countries through in-depth knowledge of market facilitation, value chain competitiveness, enterprise development, and agricultural finance. Previously the chief of party of the USAID Commodity, Production and Marketing activity, he has also served as an East Africa business development consultant for Chemonics by supporting new business development activities for Chemonics in Uganda, East and Southern Africa. Robert holds a master’s degree in agronomy.

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