Stephen Muchiri has been working in the agriculture sector for the last 16 years and is the CEO of Eastern Africa Farmers Federation (EAFF), a regional network of national farmer unions, federations and co-operatives in 10 countries. EAFF is currently managing a new strategic plan (2013-2020) whose focus is entrepreneurship and has a specific interest in the use of new ICTs4Ag to aggregate farmers for output and input markets, hence use of drones in agriculture is an area of interest for EAFF.
He holds both a Bachelor and Master of Science degree in Horticulture and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management. EAFF is a non-political, not-for-profit, regional umbrella network of smallholder family farmers of Eastern Africa. Its role is to promote the interests of farmers on issues touching on policies, markets, productivity, capacity, information and regional integration as well as to voice farmers’ concerns in socio-economic development. In recent years Mr Muchiri and EAFF have been collaborating closely with the Empowering Smallholder Farmers in Markets (ESFIM) programme involving AGRINATURA-EEIG, Wageningen UR, NRI, and CIRAD.