Managing Director & Partner
Chris Mitchell is an economic development expert at Boston Consulting Group, working with a range of clients across agriculture and consumer products. He is a core member of BCG's Social Impact practice and has worked closely with clients on issues related to strategy and building inclusive markets.
Chris joined the firm in February 2021, bringing 15 years of experience in Africa, India, and the UK working with clients in the telecommunications, financial services, agriculture, and consumer products industries. Chris’s main area of focus is transforming food systems—supporting public, private, and social sector organizations as they align and coordinate their policy, investments, and operations to create more sustainable and healthy diets for all people. He has worked across various value chains including caloric staples, oil seeds, animal sourced foods, horticulture, and export-oriented cash crops. He has worked with leading global and African consumer product companies in beverages, food, and personal care. Chris is committed to helping African businesses thoughtfully use technology to grow, process, and bring more desirable, affordable, accessible, and nutritious food to consumers across the continent.
Prior to joining BCG, Chris worked at Bain & Company, and in India with Intellecap, a firm focused on helping social enterprises raise growth capital.
BCG’s Chris Mitchell joins Federico Bellone of High-Level Climate Champions to discuss what it will take, amid rising temperatures, to transform food systems in Africa and the Global South.
The cost of food is rising rapidly, and hunger is on the increase. What will it take to build a better way to feed the world?
To combat climate change in Africa effectively, investors, governments, and companies must collaboratively develop and finance sustainability-driven ventures that can grow rapidly across the continent’s business ecosystem.
WFP and BCG estimate that the 70% increase in Kenyan fertilizer prices will reduce 2022 maize yields by 12%, which reflects the annual maize consumption of 4-5 million Kenyans.
Millions of small, independent shops are the cornerstones of African commerce. Now they’re diversifying, digitizing, and partnering with modern retailers to reach the next level.
In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, our global food systems are struggling to feed those most at risk.
What business transformations are necessary to change food systems for the better? BCG and WBCSD work together to identify the natural, social, and economic impacts of food products from farm to fork.
Efforts that focus on increasing subsistence farmers’ yields have achieved scant success. It’s time for a radical rethinking of food policies on the continent.
The promise of digital agriculture to boost farmers’ income and enhance food system resilience remains largely unrealized. But acting on three key insights can unleash the digital ag revolution.
The Food System Transformative Integrated Policy (FS-TIP) initiative in collaboration with the World Food Programme, Rockefeller Foundation, and others, supports African governments to address and strengthen food systems in a holistic way.