Africa Lead II Approach

Food Security for Africa

Africa Lead II is guided by the understanding that better prioritized, designed, delivered and measured agriculture policies, programs and enterprises in Africa will lead to greater agricultural productivity and food security.

Africa Lead II is Feed the Future’s primary capacity building program in sub Saharan Africa. Feed the Future (FTF) is the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative. The Africa Lead program works to help realize FTF’s and the African Union’s Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) goals of reduced hunger and poverty by building the capacity of champions, institutions and stakeholders to develop, lead and manage the structures needed for African-led agriculture transformation.

A five-year program, Africa Lead II builds on the success of the predecessor capacity building program (Africa Lead) and works with countries and regions to develop strategic long-term activities to strengthen African decision-makers, institutions, non-state actors (NSAs), including the private sector at the forefront of increased agricultural productivity and food security.


Strategic Focus

Serving as a catalyst and connector for learning and innovations in individual leadership behavior, institutional performance and the policy process, Africa Lead II works across the following three strategic areas:

  1.  Improved institutional capacity
  2.  Strengthened management of policy change and alignment processes
  3.  Enhanced capacity and engagement of NSAs, including the private sector


Africa Lead II Team

Members of the team include:

  • DAI: consortium leader, project management, capacity building, technical services, capacity assessments, donor and AU liaison
  • Management Systems International (MSI): institutional capacity assessments and measurement of organizational progress
  • Training Resources Group, Inc. (TRG): organizational and institutional development, training and capacity building
  • Winrock International: gender, youth and NSAs technical support

About Africa Lead Video

Africa Lead Annual Report

  Africa Lead Year 2 Annual Report: 2014 – 2015

Africa Lead II Staff

Steve Smith

Chief of Party







Aliou Boly
Deputy Chief of Party, West Africa Regional Director

James Collins
Deputy Chief of Party, East and Southern Africa Regional Director

Shannon Sarbo
Deputy Chief of Party, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Director

Programs & Technical Leadership

Robert Ouma
CAADP Program Manager







Mingue Niasse
Program Manager, West Africa







Christine Sene
Program Manager, West Africa

Edwin Odhiambo
East Africa Program Manager

Hellen Kariuki
Hellen Kariuki
Resilience Program Manager

Andrea Chartock
Institutional Architecture Assessment Manager

Marco Noordeloos
Organizational Development & Leadership Program Manager

Erica Myrick-Thompson
Program Manager, Continental

Anne Dioh
Program Officer, West Africa

Amadou Drame
Program Officer, West Africa

Remi Adeniyi-Jones
Program Associate, Continental

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Josephine Olwal
Grants Coordinator


Operations & Finance

Mercy Thairu

Mercy Thairu
Finance and Operations Director, East and Southern Africa







Alain Kande
Finance and Logistics Officer, West Africa

Michael Ahere
Michael Ahere
Contracts & Procurement Manager, East & Southern Africa

Dominic Omare
Dominic Omare
Finance Manager, East & Southern Africa

Fredah Mbae
Freda Mbae
Office Manager, East & Southern Africa







Mamadou Sow
Procurement Officer, West Africa

George Ngoha
Programs and Logistics Coordinator, East & Southern Africa

Loise Wagaki
Monitoring and Evaluation & Database Coordinator

Peter Wepukhulu
Finance and Admin Assistant, East & Southern Africa








Baila Talla
Office Driver, West Africa

M&E, Communications, & Knowledge Management

Thomas Wallace
Communications Director, Africa

James Ndegwa
Knowledge & ICT Manager

Alexis Curtis
Data and Information Officer

Annie DelaAkanko
Monitoring and Evaluation, West Africa

Wilma Randle
Communications Specialist