DR-Congo Consulting Team
Professor Christophe Asanzi
Prof. Asanzi has over 30 years' experience in agricultural research and development (ARD) and in teaching agricultural sciences. He started his career as a scientist at the maize research program of DRC, where he contributed to converting maize varieties susceptible to maize streak virus (MSV) into resistant ones. He has worked with World Vision International as the Director of Agriculture covering several African countries, including Sierra Leone, Mozambique, Angola and South Sudan. He designed, managed, implemented, monitored and evaluated several agricultural projects with this relief and development organization. Currently, he is teaching biometrics, plant nutrition and entomology at the National University of Education (UPN) in Kinshasa and is involved in independent research seed system development in Eastern DRC with the Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and Conflicts & Development Foundation (CDF). Christophe holds a BSc. in Agronomy from the University of DRC by then Zaïre, an MSc in Entomology from the University of Lincoln-Nebraska, USA and a PhD in Entomology from the Ohio State University, USA.
Abdias Niangisi Utono
Abdias NIANGISI UTONO is an Agricultural Engineer, with a degree from the University of Kinshasa, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences with a major in Crop Production. He is an expert in agricultural entrepreneurship and development. He has more than a decade of experience in implementing projects that improve revenue for subsistence farmers. He has worked with crop adaptation research and seed production projects with various NGOs and development organizations. In 2016, he was awarded the title of expert in agricultural entrepreneurship and in the development from the MASHAV center in Israel. He has been an Agriculture Advisor to the Governor of the former Bandundu Province from 2012 to 2014. This work entailed supervising agricultural projects in the province. He managed the largest project in the former Bandundu province, which consisted of supporting farm households in the villages with the following cultures: maize, rice, groundnuts, cowpeas and cassava.
Ethiopia Consulting Team
Dr. Bezabih has extensive experience in food security, integrated rural development, agribusiness and value chain development, market studies, institutional studies (cooperatives, microfinance), project designing and evaluation works, natural resources management, climate smart agriculture, gender analysis, WASH projects, seed, vulnerability studies, and policy analysis.
He has been involved in multiple agriculture-related consultancy projects across Africa in countries such as Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Sudan and Uganda. He has conducted assignments for organizations including Sasakawa Africa, Oxfam America, Oxfam GB, Save the Children, USAID, United National Development Programme, World Food Program, Action Aid, World Bank, Federal Cooperative Agency, IFPRI, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, among others. Dr. Bezabih holds a Doctorate in Agricultura Economics, and previously served as the Vice president at Haramaya University, Deputy Director of Research at Oromia Agricultural Research Institute (2004-2005), and is currently the General Manager of Hedbez Business PLC (since 2006).
Fikre Mulugeta Wordofa
Mr. Wordofa has more than 19 years of experience in the design, planning and implementation of development and humanitarian projects related to the seed sector, nutrition and food security, agriculture, climate change, humanitarian drought response, agribusiness and marketing. He has played a key role in the coordination of agriculture cluster, and served as the Co-Chair of the Emergency Seed Working Group under the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Mr. Wordofa holds a Masters’ degree in Agronomy from Haramaya University in Ethiopia, and has received certificates and training in seed security, humanitarian reliefs, climate change and rural development from institutions in Africa, Europe and Asia.
Ghana Consulting Team
Samuel Yao Adzivor
Mr. Adzivor has over twenty-five years’ experience in seed quality assurance systems and seed industry development. He is has served in various roles in the seed industry in Ghana including Municipal Director of Agriculture, Department of Agriculture, in the Volta Region, Deputy Director and Head of the Ghana Seed Inspection Division (GSID), Plant Protection and Regulatory Services Directorate of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Co-ordinator of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) Grant Seed Policy Action Node (SPAN) Project, Technical Representative responsible to the Plant Protection and Regulatory Services Directorate (PPRSD). Mr. Adzivor received his academic training from Delta International University of New Orleans, USA, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, and the University of Ghana, Legon.
Mr. Wobil has over 30 years working experience in the agriculture sector in Ghana. He served as the Executive Director of the Grains and Legumes Development Board (GLDB) in Ghana which is responsible for the production and distribution of foundation seed in Ghana, and also manages the National Seed Security stocks. He has also served on the Management Board of the Crops Research Institute, and on the Steering Committees of various projects. Mr. Wobil was educated at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana and the University of Reading in the United Kingdom.
Kenya Consulting Team
Dr. John Mburu
Dr. Mburu is an Agricultural and Resource Economist who holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Goettingen, Germany. He joined the Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nairobi in June 2007 from the Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn, Germany, where he worked as a Senior Research Fellow and coordinated various research projects on management of natural resources in Eastern Africa (Kenya, Uganda, and Ethiopia). Dr. Mburu has extensive experience in conducting baseline and follow up surveys among rural households and particularly in areas surrounding forests, wildlife parks and reserves, and water catchments. He has worked extensively, on a variety of topics including: Crop genetic resources, Animal (livestock) genetic resources, Economics of livestock breeding, Economic valuation of forests and wildlife, Analysis of the efficient and sustainable approaches of conservation of natural resources, Incentives for conservation of biodiversity and natural resources, Irrigation, Market chain analysis, Climate change, Cross border trade, and Poverty and Horticulture commodity value chain analysis. He has published widely on agriculture and environment, including economics of utilization and management of forests, wildlife and agro-biodiversity in developing countries.
Malawi Consulting Team
Richard Kachule is an Agricultural Economist with a bias in Agricultural Marketing. He is currently working as a Research Fellow at the Center for Agricultural Research and Development (CARD) of the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources. He is also involved in teaching in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics offering courses in Agricultural Marketing; Seed Policy; Farm Business Management; and Policy Analysis both at undergraduate and graduate levels. Richard has strong policy analytical skills and has vast experienced in conducting research and consultancies especially in the field of agricultural marketing, livelihoods impact assessment, monitoring and evaluation of projects. He previously served as the Deputy Director for the Agricultural Policy Research Unit (APRU), a Policy Research Unit within CARD.
Mozambique Consulting Team
Ms. Alda Tomo has been a researcher at the Socio-Economic Studies Center (CESE), Institute for Agricultural Research of Mozambique (IIAM) since 2005. Alda holds a Masters’ degree in Agricultural and Resources Economics from Michigan State University, United States, and a Bachelor’s in Agronomic Engineering from Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique. Ms. Tomo has an extensive experience conducting surveys and carrying out socio-economic research in agriculture and natural resources. She has worked on a wide range of topics, including: economic evaluation and impact assessment of development interventions, climate change vulnerability assessment, climate smart agriculture and early generation seed.
Maria Estrela Alberto
Mrs. Alberto has over 20 years of experience working in the field of agriculture, mainly crop varieties research and development, with focus on the rice, seed production, seed industry. She is very familiar with the Mozambican seed legislation, and the harmonized seed regulations under SADC countries, with good knowledge of public and private seed sectors in the context of Mozambique. She led the variety registration and release Repartition at the Seed Department between 1999-2005 and between 2006-2008 at the National Directorate of Agriculture. She has participated in several seed surveys across the country in collaboration with FAO and ICRISAT. She has been involved in several studies on the seed sector including a study on the Status of the Seed Security in Mozambique (2004), A brief analysis of the Vegetable Seed Industry in Mozambique (2013), An Overview on international seed companies in Mozambique (2013), among others. Maria has worked for the several seed companies in Mozambique. She is presently working at the Seed Department and, partially as the Executive Secretary of The National Seed Dialogue Platform/Association for the promotion of the seed sector in Mozambique. Maria holds a Masters’ degree Agriculture Science (Plant Breeding and Biotechnology) from the Queensland University in Australia, and a Bachelors’ degree in Agronomy (Plant Production and Protection) from Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique.
Senegal Consulting Team
Dr. Ndiaye specializes in agronomy (on-farm diagnostics, farming techniques for grains and legumes, biological nitrogen fixation by legumes, technology transfer, among other areas) and agroforestry systems (diagnosis and spatial approach on nitrogen fixation by leguminous trees in natural agroforestry systems across the country, biodegradation of pruning leguminous trees, and crop-tree interactions among other areas). Dr. Ndiaye received his Doctorate in Agronomic Sciences from the National School of Agronomy and Food Industries in France, and his Masters’ degree in Agronomy and Soil Science from the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, in the United States. He has worked extensively in the agriculture research field in Senegal, and is currently the Senior Agronomist at l’Institut Sénégalais de Recherches Agricoles (ISRA), based in St. Louis in Senegal.
South Africa Consulting Team
Professor John Derera
John is an agronomist who combines technical and business qualifications (PhD in Agronomy and MBA). His current research portfolios at the University of KwaZulu-Natal include Program Manager: Plant Breeding MSc for Africa and leader of the newly established Agricultural Research Council (ARC) - Collaboration Centre for Smallholder Farmer Development. He is a specialist in Seed Technology, Postharvest Entomology, Plant Breeding Design and Management, Data Management & Analysis. He conducts research and development (R&D) in specialty maize: green maize, popcorn, vitamin A enrichment, enhancing resistance to contamination by mycotoxins and adaptability to climate change. He is a consultant for the private sector, public sector, international research organisations and non-governmental organisations on policy, strategy and technology development. As a specialist John gives lectures and technical support to postgraduate students in West, East and Southern African Universities. John has graduated more than 35 PhDs and has published more than 100 research articles. John is married to Evelyn and they have 2 boys.
Dr. Marnus Gouse
Marnus is a researcher at the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP), a research unit conducting market and policy driven research in South and Southern Africa, in association with the Universities of Pretoria and Stellenbosch. He joined BFAP following a Gates Foundation supported Post-Doc fellowship in the Department Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development at the University of Pretoria, where he completed his PhD in 2012. Collaborating with and supported by various international research institutions and development and funding agencies, Marnus has spent most of his research and academic life studying the actual and potential socio-economic and farm-level impacts of genetically modified crops, with special focus on resource poor farmers. Marnus has been invited to various international conferences and seminars to present his research findings and experience and to contribute to a number of edited and peer reviewed books on agricultural biotechnology and its impacts and applications. Marnus’ publications have been widely read and cited - in February 2017 he had an h-index score of 13 and an i10-index score of 17.
Dr. Wynand J. van der Walt
Walt helped form the South African National Seed Organization (SANSOR) in 1989 and served as its General Manger for 10 years. In February 2000, Dr. van der Walt changed his role to SANSOR Project Manager and kept busy as director of both the African Seed Trade Association (AFSTA) and AfricaBio. He is now an Honorary Life Member of AFSTA. Walt is currently a consultant in agricultural biotechnology and has published widely on the biotechnology and seed systems in South Africa. Prior to his doctorate, Walt worked as a civil servant with the Department of Agricultural Technical Services in South Africa. Walt recieved his PhD in genetics from the University of Wisconsin, U.S.A.
Tanzania Consulting Team
Mr. Temu is an independent agronomist and consultant working with medium and small-scale farmers in Tanzania. He conducts training on various agricultural topics including land management, soil health, seed selection and management, crop protection, irrigation, among other topics. Part of the training usually entails setting up demonstration farmers (farmers field school). Mr. Temu has conducted consultancy assignments on behalf of several organizations including SCOTTS, a Dutch fertilizer company Holland, Dow Agroscience, a US company dealing in crop protection, Russell IPM UK, a - Biopesticides company, Triachem Tanzania Ltd, among others. Mr. Temu is a member of the Tanzania Horticulture Association (TAHA) and the Tanzania Coffee Association (TCA).
Filbert Mzee Nkatola
Mr. Mzee is an agriculturalist who specializes in the horticulture sector, addressing issues related to pest management, seed management, and crop nutrition. He has worked with various companies including Balton Tanzania Ltd, Suba Agro Ltd, Lachlan Tanzania Ltd, International Fertilizer Development Centre (IFDC) and ACDI/VOCA. Mr. Mzee holds a degree in Horticulture and an MBA in Corporate Management. He is a member of the several associations including the Tanzania Agro-Dealers Association (TANADA), Tanzania Horticulture Association (TAHA), Horticultural Professionals Association of Tanzania (HOPAT) and of Crop life
Uganda Consulting Team
Mr. Emmanuel Mubangizi
Emmanuel has over 30 years of balanced experience in agricultural extension, farm business management, marketing, logistics and administration of agricultural entities ranging from agricultural extension, warehousing and logistics, agricultural commodity processing, seed value chains development in Uganda, farmers associations and agro input dealer training including agribusiness and seed technology curriculum development. Emmanuel has worked as Extension officer in the Ministry of Agriculture in Uganda (ten years), Produce Marketing Board (government Parastatal as silo manager) (nine years) and Private sector seed industry in Uganda (eleven years). At the moment, Emmanuel is a Seed Business Advisor, part time lecturer at Makerere University, College of Agriculture and Environmental sciences and trainer in the private sector and Board member Uganda National Agro Dealers Association (UNADA) in Uganda. Emmanuel holds an MSc Seed Technology and Business degree from Iowa State University, a B.Sc. Agriculture (Hons.) from Makerere University, and a Diploma Business Management. He has also participated in various professional short courses related to agricultural development.
Mr. Chris Ibyisintabyo
Chris has over 16 years experience in rural development, he has worked with private agricultural companies, agricultural projects, and farmers organizations and private sector based agribusiness associations. He worked for the tobacco industry in Uganda for 5 years both at field and at middle management level. He worked with Uganda National Agro Input dealers association for more than 3 years, where he was the programs/Agribusiness officer under the AGRA funded project; the Agro dealers Strengthening Network project for Uganda (ANSU). Chris is currently working with Uganda seed Trade association (USTA) as the Executive Secretary. He holds a masters in Business administration (Executive MBA degree) at Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI) a Bsc in Agriculture (Agric Economics) from Makerere University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Procurement and Supply chain management from Uganda management institute and a Diploma in Agribusiness and export management from Galilee college Israel.
Zambia Consulting Team
Francisco is a Chief Seeds Officer at the Seed Control and Certification (SCCI) of the Ministry of Agriculture in Zambia. He obtained a BSc Agricultural Science Degree at the University of Zambia in 1990, Master of Science Degree in Seed Technology from Edinburgh University in 1997 and PhD in Plant Breeding from the University of Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa in 2008. He is married with two children. Francisco joined SCCI in 1991 where he has served in various capacities. He has headed all the three technical sections of SCCI namely; Variety Testing, Registration and Protection; Seed Systems and Inspections, and; Seed Testing. Between 1999 and 2004 he served as the country’s Seed Quality Assurance Manager and ensured that seed services were provided in accordance with international standards. He is a Part-time lecturer for MSc courses: Seed Systems, and Seed Science. He is currently responsible for variety testing, registration and protection in Zambia and is also a Contact on OECD Seed Schemes in his country.
Dr. Watson Mwale
Dr. Watson Mwale is a senior seed technology expert with over 37 years of experience. Skilled in program design, coordination and management, he has developed strategic partnerships between the seed industry and setting up engagement platforms at the national level. Apart from having served as the Director of the Zambia Agricultural Research Institute, he has also worked as a consultant for USAID, FAO, World Bank and the Gates Foundation in Zambia. He also serves on the board of Musika Development Initiatives Company that promotes markets and trade in agriculture in Zambia.
Zimbabwe Consulting Team
Mr. Munyaradzi Jonga
Munyaradzi is an agronomist and seed production specialist with vast experience in agriculture and the seed sector in Zimbabwe. He got agricultural research and extension experience working in the fertilizer and seed industries. His key achievements and reputation were earned in the seed industry as a Seed Production and Quality Assurance Manager for Seed Co Ltd. This function allowed Munyaradzi to be part of critical panels, committees, associations and seed systems networks dealing with seed production development and administration in Zimbabwe, eastern and southern Africa. Munyaradzi has also contributed to agriculture and seed sector development through training of seed growers and seed industry personnel during formal workshop presentations and field training. He published a practical seed production manual to assist upcoming seed growers and seed production personnel. Munyaradzi obtained BSc and Master’s degrees in Crop Science as well as an MBA from the University of Zimbabwe. Seed sector development and management has become the biggest passion for Munyaradzi.
Dr. Claid Mujaju
Claid is as the Head of Seed Services Institute of Zimbabwe in charge of Seed Certification and Control, Variety Release System and Registrar of Plant Breeders’ Rights. Claid has contributed to agriculture and seed sector development through participating in bringing acceptance of seed policy harmonization to regional member states within SADC and training seed industry personnel during formal training workshop. He has been a resource person in areas of genetic resources and seed systems for regional and international organizations. He has consulted widely on seed systems with AFSTA, COMESA, ICRISAT, FANRPAN, FAO etc. He published many research papers on genetic diversity and seed systems, and has an ever-growing passion in harmonization of seed policies. Claid holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Mathematics and Biological Sciences from University of Zimbabwe), an M.Sc. in Systematics and Biodiversity from University of Cape Town and Ph.D. in Agricultural Sciences specializing in Crop Production and Product Quality from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
Patience is a holder of both an undergraduate Agriculture Honours degree and a Masters degree in Plant Breeding and Crop Improvement. For much of her early career life, commencing in 1989, she has predominantly been practicing crop breeding, variety development, and technology transfer, having commenced with cotton variety development in public research. Subsequently, she transferred to groundnut breeding, again in public research. As a result of her early work, several successful cotton and groundnut varieties were released from the public sector research program, with some still in commercial use to date. More recently, her career also spanned the private sector, where she got involved in seed production in maize and small grain legumes. Currently, she is an entrepreneur active in fruit variety introductions, evaluation, maintenance, commercial propagation and importation of a wide range of fruit tree and nut trees, including a repertoire of deciduous, subtropical, Mediterranean fruit trees, Over the years, she has engaged in agricultural consultancies in commercial and community seed production as well as fruit tree seedling and agricultural technology transfer. Her desire is to see consumers enjoy the good value-for-use attributes that improved varieties have to offer. Patience is a founding member of the Zimbabwe Plant Breeders Association (ZPBA) and is currently Administrator of the association. She is extensively involved in voluntarism, and is currently involved with KIDZCAN, a Zimbabwean children’s cancer relief PVO.