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Leonard Oruko (Kenya)

Director

Leads IDinsights work in the agri-food sector and is passionate about informing policy and investment choices that deliver food to the poor.

Leonard Oruko is a Director at IDinsight, based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Leonard’s work focuses on agriculture and food systems performance, resilience, process monitoring and impact evaluation. He leads IDinsights work in the agri-food sector and is passionate about informing policy and investment choices that deliver, safe, nutritious and affordable food to the poor.

Prior to joining IDinsight, Leonard worked with a team of economists and molecular geneticists from Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Australia to pilot and promote the use of DNA fingerprinting for varietal identification in adoption studies. He also served as the founding director of the measurement, learning and evaluation programme at the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA), on secondment from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). In this role,  Leonard leveraged IFPRI’s research capacity to provide evidence that informed the design of ATA’s programmes.

Leonard has also been a champion for the use of research evidence to inform Africa-wide  agri-food sector policy and public sector investments. He did this while working as  a research adviser for  DFID Uganda, and as the head of monitoring and evaluation function at both the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) and the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA).

Earlier in his career, he was a research economist at the  Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).

Leonard holds a PhD in Agricultural and Food Economics (University of Reading), MSc. Agricultural Economics  (University of Nairobi) and BSc. Agriculture (University of Nairobi).