Namanga Ngongi is the President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), a dynamic Africa- based, African-led organization committed to fighting food insecurity in Africa and uplifting millions of smallholder farmers, most of whom are women, out of poverty. Dr. Ngongi has extensive experience in agricultural development, peace, and security issues.
He began his career alongside farmers in his native Cameroon, where he worked as an agricultural extension officer for the Ministry of Agriculture, helping farmers to improve yields and to diversify and market their crops. In 1980, Dr. Ngongi was attached to the Cameroon Embassy in Rome. He joined the World Food Program in 1984, becoming Deputy Executive Director in 1994. Dr. Ngongi held that position until his appointment as Undersecretary-General and Special Representative and Head of the UN Peacekeeping Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2001-2003. During this period, a peace agreement was signed and structures established for a transitional government.
Since his retirement from the UN in 2003, Dr. Ngongi has undertaken several high-level missions, including a study on food reserve systems in Africa and coordination of an international conference on disarmament, demobilization and reintegration in Sierra Leone. Dr. Ngongi holds Masters and Doctorate degrees in Agronomy from Cornell University.