Ken Noah Davies was Director of the UN World Food Programme’s Purchase for Progress (P4P) initiative from 2009 until his retirement from WFP in June 2015. P4P leverages WFP’s annual food procurement footprint of over US$1 billion, in partnership with other organisations, to build the capacity of smallholder farmers to access formal commercial markets for quality staple crops including cereals and pulses in Africa and Central America.

Previously, he was WFP Representative and Country Director in Mozambique (2006-2009), Uganda (2000-2006), Cambodia (1996-1999), Swaziland (1993-1996) and Adviser in India (1989-1993). In these roles, he has worked extensively with development, emergency response and post-conflict recovery programmes in multiple contexts. Prior to joining the UN, he was Band Aid/Live Aid Representative for Sudan, Eritrea and Tigray based in Khartoum; Agricultural Coordinator for Save the Children in western Sudan; Director of the NYC GreenThumb and Land Reclamation programs; an Agricultural Extension Agent for Cornell Cooperative Extension; and a farmer.

He holds bachelors and masters degrees in agriculture from Cornell University and a mid-career MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School. Ken and his wife Margrethe have five children and live in Jinja, Uganda.

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