AMEA Regional Facilitator
Catholic Organization for Development Aid
Merciline Lina Amollo Oyier is a development Practitioner with over 15 years of experience in International Development keen on improving systems and processes for Inclusive development. I am passionate about multi-stakeholder processes as these create unique platforms for partnerships that allow for synergy, learning and driving innovations that enhance opportunities for inclusive development My work experiences has been on several development themes majorly Governance, Resilience , Sustainable Livelihoods, Food and Nutritional Security, Health and Gender and Inclusion I hold a Bachelor of Science, degree in Biochemistry and Chemistry from Kenyatta University (Kenya), an Executive master’s in business administration degree from The Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Kenya) and certification in Project Management professional .( PMP/PMI).
The proliferation of digital technology and ICT tools available to Kenyan agribusinesses has reached unprecedented levels. Kenya is not alone in this phenomenon, as similar trends can be seen across the developing world. Unfortunately, more is not always better when measured as technology usage, adoption, or benefits for rural agribusinesses. Agri-MSMEs, rural cooperatives, and other types of farmer organizations play a crucial role as customers for technology services and an efficient conduit delivering technological benefits to smallholder farmers. However, rapidly expanding and, at times, paralysis-inducing digital technology markets are not yet meeting the demands of these professionalizing farmer organization agribusinesses.
The Agribusiness Market Ecosystem Alliance (AMEA) is well placed to discuss this phenomenon as a network of organizations that support over 1,300 farmer organizations representing over 2,600,000 farmers around the world.