Prof. Felix Kwame Yeboah Assistant Professor, Department of Agriculture, Food and Resource Economics, Michigan State University

Talk Title: "Africa's Youth and Agrifood System: Pathways for Job Creation and Economic Transformation."
Monday, March 15

Prof. Kwame Yeboah is an Assistant Professor of International Development and a member of the Food Security Group at Michigan State University. He joined the department in December 2014 under the Guiding Investments in Sustainable Agricultural Intensification in Africa grant.

Yeboah has expertise in multiple areas of social policy, including agricultural and food system transformation, natural resource management, and youth livelihood issues in Africa. He holds primary oversight responsibility for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars at MSU.

For the past decade, Yeboah has provided analysis and consultation on a range of social policies both in the U.S. and in Africa. Notably, his research informed The MasterCard Foundation's strategies promoting youth employment in Africa's agri-food system; the State of Michigan's effort to reduce non-point source pollution in the Great Lakes; and strategic change initiatives advancing solid waste recycling and energy conservation at Michigan State University.

Yeboah served as the lead author for the 2018 Global Food Security Report commissioned by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs to advise the U.S. government's strategies addressing youth livelihood challenges in developing countries. In 2012, Michigan State recognized Professor Yeboah as a Milton H. Steinmueller Scholar of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy, and a George and Nancy Axinn Fellow of International Development.

Yeboah holds a master's and doctorate degree in environmental policy and international development, with specializations in environment and resource economics, from Michigan State University. He earned his bachelor's degree in natural resource management from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, West Africa. He was also a John M. Gunn Exchange Scholar at Washington and Lee University.