Wangeci Gitata-Kiriga is the Country Facilitator for Foresight4Food FoSTr programme. A market systems development expert, Wangeci has seen first-hand the difference that fair pricing and inclusive business models can have on farming communities and supply chains. A former representative on the Fair-Trade Advocacy Organisation board based in Brussels and a board representative of Common Cause Georgia (US). Wangeci believes in using her voice to improve representation at the table.
A sought-after facilitator and moderator, Wangeci has facilitated global convenings such as the UNCTAD 14, EU Partnership Forums, OCDC Cooperative Summits, ICA Kigali Conference, Prudential Africa and now Foresight4Food.
Wangeci is currently New Faces New Voices (Kenya Chapter) Vice Chair, Girls 4 Girls mentor and board member (Kenya) and founder of Kijani Group, where she is leveraging her experience in agricultural trade to contribute to the progress of agri-based households. She has also recently launched the Revolutionary Coffee brand in Kenya.
Wangeci is a lawyer by training and a women’s champion at heart. She has focused her energy over the last 10 years on rural livelihoods and improvement through certification and trade across Africa in which she worked, for a significant time, as a part of the senior leadership of Fairtrade in Africa. Growing up in a coffee farming community has rooted Wangeci’s interest in agriculture as well as experience in the vulnerability of farmers. This disadvantaged position of farmers is the narrative that she is working very hard to change and is partnering with different organisations to do so.