Dr. Edward Mabaya is a scholar and a development practitioner with more than two decades of experience working on agricultural development and food security issues in Africa. Motivated by childhood experiences growing up in rural Zimbabwe, he is involved in several programs that seek to improve the lives of African farmers through agriculture.   He is the Principal Investigator of The African Seed Access Index.  As a senior research associate in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University, he conducts research on food marketing and distribution, seed systems and the role of efficient agricultural markets in Africa’s economic development.   He has published widely on these topics including five books, 21 book chapters, 17 journal articles and 12 OpEds. Mabaya earned his MSc (1998) and PhD (2003) degrees in agricultural economics at Cornell University and a Bachelor of Science (1994) from the University of Zimbabwe.  Mabaya’s work has received many distinguished recognitions including for “42 African Innovators to Watch in 2016” by Ventures Africa magazine, Coca Cola Africa Diaspora Network 2013 recognition for “dedicated service and contribution towards sustainable development in Africa” and the 2006 and 2017 L.A. Potts Success Story award for “program with model resulting in high impact on poor communities”.  In 2007, Mabaya was an Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellow with the African Leadership Institute and in  2016 he was a New Voices Fellow with The Aspen Institute.


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