Lydia Kimani is on a mission to see the agriculture sector in Africa grow in productivity and competitiveness supported by a conducive business environment. Trained as an Agricultural Economist at the Moi University, and certified as a Value Chain Analyst, she has a unique 12-year experience in the sector spanning the subjects of policy advocacy, private sector development- SME competitiveness, value chain analysis and resource management.
Her passion and expertise has launched her into the intersection of Agriculture Trade and Climate Change , with Gender as a cross-cutting issue in all three in the context of international trade at regional, continental and global levels. To this end, she has attained certified expertise in the WTO Agreement on the Application of SPS Measures and as the SPS Focal Point in the Agriculture Sector Board of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance and represents the private sector in the National SPS and Technical Barriers to Trade Committee. In addition, she is a a member of the Society of Crop Agribusiness Advisors, SOCAA and is the Agribusiness Liaison and sits in the Climate Smart Agriculture Multistakeholder Platform Steering Committee of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock Fisheries and Cooperatives representing the private sector. Also, as a subject matter expert, she is a member of Agriculture Sector Network, ASNET Council. Besides these roles, she is the Co-Convener of the Climate Finance Thematic Working Group of the Kenya Platform for Climate Governance, KPCG and the Community Resource Person for the Private Sector.
Presently, a member of the International Relations Society of Kenya where she is a Council Member and the Treasurer.