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Oliver Kiptoo Kirui

Oliver K. Kirui is a Research Fellow in the Development Strategy and Governance Division (DSGD) at IFPRI. He is based in Khartoum, as part of the team leading the establishment of the Sudan Strategy Support Program. This country program aims to develop research-based policy solutions, build coalitions for policy change and co-create innovative analytical tools in close collaboration with several partners.

Oliver is currently conducting and supporting research related to several policy-relevant topics such as agricultural and economic transformation, markets and trade, livelihoods and nutrition, development strategy and investment planning, and resilience of agriculture under climate change and extreme weather events. Oliver is experienced in managing and conducting evidence-based research, building coalitions and working with multiple stakeholders, and conceptualizing, conducting and communicating research outputs to various audiences.

Before joining IFPRI, he has worked as a Senior Researcher and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Germany. Previously, he worked as a Research Associate at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) based in Nairobi. Oliver received his PhD in Development Economics from the University of Bonn, Germany in 2016. Oliver has collaborated with many colleagues and partners to produce several policy-relevant publications (journal articles, discussion and working papers, project reports and policy briefs) in several thematic areas.


  • –present
    Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)