Anne Nyaga is The Chief Administrative Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock Fisheries and Cooperatives in the Government of Kenya. She was previously the County Minister for Agriculture in the County Government of Embu, Chief Executive Officer of the 4-H Kenya Foundation and founder and Chief Executiver Officer of Farm2Home Ltd. She is a talented fundraiser, innovator and mentor.
Ms. Nyaga holds a Bachelor of Science, Biomedical Science and Technology degree from Egerton University in Kenya and has various certifications in leadership and agriculture management. A proven organizational leader, she has a keen interest in Youth and Gender mainstreaming and the role of agriculture in youth empowerment.
Passionate about a food secure Africa, Ms. Nyaga has worked in her official and personal capacities with various the Government of Kenya, private sector, international, bilateral and multilateral donor organizations and non-state organizations on several agriculture policy initiatives. She has been a member of various committees and taskforces: National Youth in Agribusiness Strategy Development and Implementation Committee; National Thematic Working Group on Youth in Agriculture; National Coordination Team on Global Open Data on Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN); the Miraa Taskforce Implementation Committee; National Task Force for Development of Agricultural Sector Youth Policy.
An agripreneur with a rich background as a farmer, aggregator, transporter and an expert on the watermelon value-chain, she is renowned as one of the pioneers of the Kenyan youth agrarian revolution. She has spearheaded the revival of school-based agricultural clubs popularly known as 4-K and Young Farmers clubs. In 2019, she was invited as key note speaker to the IFAD Governing Council Conference in Rome to articulate, on behalf of the global youth movement, the urgent need for the agency, its member states and development partners to re-engineer its policies and global programmes to more effectively address the bottlenecks and barriers for youth entry into the agriculture careers.
The Chief Administrative Secretary considers her legacy to be successfully re-framing agriculture as an industry of first choice for young Kenyans. She is currently working on policies and programmes to promote their recruitment, engagement and retention in the sector in line with the Big 4 Agenda and Vision 2030 objective of transforming Kenya into a middle-income economy and the Sustainable Development Gola no. 2 envisioning a zero Hunger Kenya by 2030.
Hon.Linah Jebii Kilimo was appointed by Kenya’s President as the Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture in January 2020.
She served as the founder chairperson of the newly formed Anti-Female Genital Mutilation Board from December 2013- March 2017. In March 2014, she represented Kenya at the 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, United Nations Headquarters, New York, USA – speaking on “Accelerating efforts towards the abandonment of FGM – Keeping Girls in School”. She was a Member of the Panel in the Commission of Inquiry into Childhood Pregnancies in Kenya, in relation to the practice of harmful cultural practices like FGM and Forced Early Childhood Marriages. She was also a Strategic Advisory Group member of the Girl Generation, British Funded project aimed at ending FGM within a generation from 2017-2019.
On 9th December 2015, Hon. Linah Jebii Kilimo was awarded “The Outstanding Women Leardership Award for her work on FGM campaigns.
Hon. Kilimo served the government of Kenya in various capacities that include being the immediate former Assistant Minister for Cooperative Development (2008-2013); Minister of Immigration (2004-2005) and Minister of State, Office of the Vice President (2003-2004). Her distinguished service earned her more responsibilities in the National Assembly of Kenya. Key among these responsibilities is Chairperson of the Kenya Women Parliamentary Association (KEWOPA) where she served between 2008-2013.
On elective leadership, Hon Kilimo was first elected in Kenya’s 2002 general elections as the Member of Parliament of Marakwet East Constituency and retained her seat in year 2007, going against the grain of the region’s popular political party.
Hon. Linah J. Kilimo holds an Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from Esther Mallet International Bible University in Norwalk, California, USA (2006), a Bachelors Degree (BA) in Counselling from the Kenya Methodist University (KeMU) and a Diploma in Control & Management of HIV/AIDS from Kenyatta University.
Her contribution to development in Marakwet East Constituency is outstanding. This is attributed to her consistency in working within Government and other Development partners to enhance access to resources that led to the construction of all weather roads, hospitals and Schools during her tenure of 10 years as an elected Member of Parliament (MP, 2003-2013)
As a peace-maker, Hon. Kilimo has been instrumental in bringing lasting peace between the Pokot and Marakwet communities in Kenya’s Rift Valley.Peace was achieved after her election to the NARC Government in December 2002. The two communities now live in peace and harmony and fondly refer to Hon. Kilimo as ‘Eyaa Kalya’ (Mother of Peace).
As an Avid Crusader against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Hon.Kilimo was very instrumental in the creation of the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Act 2011, which criminalizes FGM. She had also been working with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in campaigning for the eradication of FGM, promoting Girl Child education and volunteered as a role model for the Girl Child in World Vision Tot ADP.
Hon.Kilimo has previously worked as the Marakwet East representative to the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission (CKRC) referendum (2002), taking part in collecting women views and providing Civic Education after her significant service as a Paralegal / Human Rights Officer for the Education Centre for Women in Democracy (ECWD).
In the corporate world, Kilimo worked as a Banker with the Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) for over ten years