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Nicola Francesconi

Impact Economics
Senior Advisor

Nicola Francesconi is a development economist with a PhD from Wageningen University and 17 years of international work experience.

Nicola has lived in Africa for 15 years (10 years in Senegal, 3 years in Ethiopia and 2 years in Uganda) where he worked for the CGIAR (IFPRI, CIAT and ILRI), USAID and CTA. He joined KIT in January 2021 to evaluate and manage the impact of a series of multi-million, multi-year and multi-stakeholder projects in support of rural cooperation and resilience, agri-food value chains and seed sector development across sub-Saharan Africa.

His project portfolio is funded by the Government of the Netherlands, IFDC, AGRA and the Gates Foundation, and strives toward the development of a wide range of public-private partnerships (PPPs) for inclusive agricultural transformation.

Nicola is a skilled statistician, econometrician and impact evaluator, an inspiring trainer and educator, and a sensible policy advisor. His professional aspiration is to contribute to rural resilience by enhancing the impact of humanitarian, parastatal and commercial seed systems, as well as by designing and delivering leadership training for cooperative agribusiness development.


  • Annual Outcome Surveys for the AGRA PIATA programme

    • Institute
    • Project

    The Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) intends to catalyse and sustain an inclusive agricultural transformation in Africa by increasing incomes and improving food security for 30 million farming households in 11 focus countries. KIT is supporting AGRA in achieving this ambition by measuring and assessing progress at a household and agricultural systems level. […]

  • Accelerating Agriculture and Agribusiness in South Sudan

    • Institute
    • Project

    A3-Seed The seed sector in South Sudan is currently dominated by seed aid. The A3-Seed project seeks to reduce the country’s dependancy on foreign-sourced seeds, and humanitarian support, with the aim to transform the seed sector into a commercially viable one.  “The yield was not good” As part of the project, we recently held an […]

  • Integrated Seed Sector Development in the Sahel

    • Institute
    • Project

    ISSD/Sahel Thirty-two per cent of the Nigerien population and 21 per cent of the Malian population still struggle with food and nutrition insecurity. Sustainable intensification of food crop production can address this and, at the same time, provide economic opportunities. To this end, high-quality seeds are essential. This project will ensure the availability and use […]


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