INVITATION: Webinar 11 June 2024

The eResearch Office, University of the Western Cape (UWC) cordially invites you to a lecture to be conducted by visiting Prof. Temidayo Akenroye from the College of Business Administration at the University of Missouri – St Louis (UMSL).

Prof. Temidayo Akenroye Bio

Prof. Temidayo Akenroye is a Supply Chain Professor at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, USA. He obtained his PhD in Supply Chain Management from the University of Salford, UK, and his MS. in Sustainability Leadership from the University of Cambridge, UK. He is a globally respected scholar and expert in supply chain sustainability and public procurement. His recent works focus on addressing healthcare challenges, food security, and conflict minerals issues in the Global South through data-driven strategic interventions. Dr Akenroye’s pioneering study to enhance the supply chains of blood products and human organs in Africa has earned him widespread recognition. In the past, his research to improve the school feeding procurement systems in Kenya, Ghana, and Mali enabled more than 20,000 smallholder farmers to connect with supply opportunities. Due to the critical nature of Dr. Akenroye’s contributions, he has been invited to present his research at international conferences and symposia, and his work has been cited by researchers globally. His research is listed in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) COVID-19 Research Database as a significant contribution to pandemic preparedness. He is a member of the Peer Review College of the British Academy of Management and the Research Advisory Board for the Africa Resource Centre (ARC). He is also an academic adviser for the Kuehne Foundation in Germany and a senior visiting fellow at Lagos Business School in Nigeria. Before entering academia, he worked for organizations in the public and private sectors in the United Kingdom, Germany, Kenya, Nigeria, and the United States. Dr Akenroye is an Agenda Contributor to the World Economic Forum and has been widely sought to comment on supply chain issues on global TV channels, including Al-Jazeera and BBC News.

Seminar Topic:

Connecting African Smallholder Farmers to Structured Demand Markets: The Power of Inclusive Procurement

Public or non-profit bodies with regular and reliable food demand create Structured Demand (SD) marketplaces. A well-known example is Home Grown School Feeding (HGSF), which connects smallholder farmers in poor nations to markets. Despite the explicit purpose of the HGSF program, smallholders’ direct involvement as suppliers has been minimal in most African nations. In this seminar, Professor. Akenroye will present his research on interventions designed to mitigate barriers facing smallholder farmers.

Date: 11 June 2024

Time: 10.00 -12.00 hours

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