Naphtal Barasa Etyang is the Chief of Party for NCBA CLUSA’s Youth Empowerment Through Agriculture (YETA) program funded by the MasterCard Foundation. He has been in this position since 2016. He has more than 14 years of professional experience in community-based programming, social leadership and rural development, with an emphasis on youth, cooperative development and marketing.
Before joining YETA, he was the Chief of Party for Winrock International under the USAID-funded Yes Youth Can! Project in Kenya, where he was responsible for leading a team in facilitating youth empowerment through job creation, income generation, employability and access to finance. This program mobilized over 135,000 youth and helped them organize into groups, gain entrepreneurship skills and launch businesses. Nearly 700,000 youth benefited from civil education and 55,000 youth were trained in SACCO management, resulting in $20 million in loans.
Naphtal previously worked with NCBA CLUSA Kenya for eight years on youth, agricultural and health programs. He is an experienced field trainer and program manager with expertise in the CLUSA Approach and the Cooperative Principles. He’s experienced in integrating health issues (e.g. HIV/AIDS, TB and family planning) into community development and youth activities. He has a master’s degree in Development Studies from Moi University. He also has post-graduate diplomas in Social Leadership and Rural Development (Xavier University) as well as Sales and Marketing (Kenya Polytechnic University) in addition to a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology (Moi University).