Nicholas Sabwa
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Nicholas Inzugusi Sabwa is an agricultural economist with extensive experience in agricultural and trade policy. Over the years, he has been Kenya’s trade negotiator in the African Caribbean and Pacific/European Union (ACP/EU) and World Trade Organization Agreement on Agriculture negotiations, and he was also chairman of the inter-institutional committee implementing the agreement’s provisions in the Kenyan government. He has been a member of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, as well as the East African Community agricultural committees.

In his capacity as economist and agricultural policy analyst with the Kenyan Ministry of Agriculture, Sabwa participated in the drafting of country policy and the review of policy and legal framework of different agricultural sub-sectors. He was a key member of the team that designed the agricultural chapter of the “Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper” and the Agricultural Sector Investment Program.

As an economist working on Kenya’s agricultural extension project proposal, Sabwa traveled to various countries to oversee experiences in the provision of agricultural extension services as part of the process of privatizing public services. He has also been to all rounds of the ACP/EU negotiations, up to the signing of the agreement in Cotonou, Benin. He participated in WTO Agreements on Agriculture negotiation meetings in Geneva and in the committees concerned with the enhancement and freeing of agricultural trade. He has presented papers focusing on alleviation of poverty and hunger in Africa at a wide variety of international meetings.

Sabwa is director of Steadfast Educational Center, a school he helped found in rural areas of Kenya. In addition to academics, the school helps children to understand the dangers of HIV/AIDS and the importance of a strong spiritual foundation. Sabwa has also helped establish various income-generating environmental conservation and public health projects. Currently, he consults for Bread for the World in Washington on their 2003 report on poverty and trade issues in Africa. The report will highlight global policy issues regarding agricultural biotechnology and hunger.