Board of Governors
FANRPAN Board of Governors
The Board of Governors, the highest governing body of FANRPAN, consists of Regional Economic Communities (COMESA and SADC); Government; Farmer Organization; Research Institution; Donor and Private Sector in the region. The Board is responsible for providing the policy oversight for the organization. The Board has the following members:
Hon. Argent Chuula
Chief Executive Officer for the Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa (ACTESA) (Board Chairman)
Mr Chuula is a Zambian national and joined on 13 March 2013 from the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) Inc. Johannesburg, South Africa where he recently served as AGRA-AFAP Partnership Coordinator. Prior to that, he was AGRA’s Programme Officer for Fertilizer Business Development (Eastern and Southern Africa) and AGRA’s Country Representative-Mozambique. He was also AGRA’s lead person to the team that designed, developed and operationalized AFAP.
The other positions previously held by Mr Chuula include: General Manager and Chief Executive Officer, Bain New Holland (Zambia) Limited, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Zambia Cooperatives Federation Limited. He also worked with Germany Technical Cooperation (GTZ) as Agribusiness Development Researcher and Advisor (GTZ Zimbabwe) and Senior National Advisor-Agricultural Marketing and Entrepreneurship development (GTZ Zambia), Agribusiness Development Advisor (NIRAS International Consulting Company). Additionally, he worked with the Africa University (Zimbabwe) as Lecturer; and Zambia Sugar Plc (Zambia) as Farm Officer and Agricultural Training Coordinator.
Mr Chuula has more than 23 years of technical, administrative and management experience overseeing technical, financial and administrative aspects of development projects around sub-Sahara Africa, particularly in Eastern and southern in Africa where he has extensively operated. He has a proven track record of leading and training staff in project management, business management, strategic management and administrative systems in public and private sector organizations, including more recently in donor funded projects.
Mr Chuula speaks fluent English and Chinese (mandarin), reading and understanding Japanese, with working knowledge of Cantonese, French and more recently Portuguese, and holds a Master’s degree in Business Management from Africa University, Mutare Zimbabwe and a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy from Zhejiang Agricultural University, China.
Mme Margaret Nyirenda
Botswana, SADC FANR Directorate representative
South Africa, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Host Government
Ms Lynette Chen
Chief Executive Officer, NEPAD Business Foundation
Ms Chen is the CEO of the Nepad Business Foundation (NBF). She has qualifications in Communication, Public Relations and Business Management. She established a Project Management Office within the NBF, which will facilitate project co-ordination between private sector, government and various development finance institutions. Lynette also serves on the Board of Directors of Enablis as the Deputy Chairperson. Enablis is an entrepreneurship development programme that emanated from the United Nations G8 Dot Force task team in 2001, which focuses on developing a network of entrepreneurs in developing countries.
Mr Dyborn Chibonga
Chief Executive Officer, National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi (NASFAM)
Mr Dyborn Chibonga manages the NASFAM as Chief Executive Officer. He has served in this role since June 1999, managing the membership association of over 100,000 farmer members and a staff of about 390 in 19 locations across the country.
In his experience with NASFAM, Mr Chibonga has taken the project from an initiative to becoming a model rural producer organisation in Southern Africa. NASFAM entered into Fair Trade production of peanuts in 2005 and has won the Yara Prize for an African Green Revolution in 2009.
Mr Chibonga is a member of the Trade Policy National Working Group (TPNWG) and part of the Malawi Government agriculture cluster for World Trade Organization (WTO) and EU-ACP EPAs negotiations. He is a member of the Board:
- Press Agriculture;
- Natural Resources College;
- African Institute for Corporate Citizenship
- ACP-EU Follow Up Committee of the EESC
- India-Africa Business Council
- Councillor, Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
Mr Chibonga holds a MSc in Landscape Ecology Design and Maintenance and Master's in NGO Management, Wye College, University of London
An Overview of NASFAM
NASFAM is the largest independent, smallholder-owned membership organization in Malawi. It is founded on the principles of collective action and is democratically governed by its members. Founded in 1997, NASFAM is a farmer-directed business system based on the individual participation of over 100,000 Malawian smallholders, most of them farming on less than a hectare of land.
Vision and Mission
All NASFAM’s operation are guided by its vision to be: the leading smallholder-owned business and development organization in Malawi, producing economic and social benefits for members, their communities and the country”
With the mission of NASFAM being:
“to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers. Through a sustainable network of smallholder-owned business organizations, NASFAM promotes farming as a business in order to develop the commercial capacity of its members, and delivers programmes which enhance member productivity”
The NASFAM concept grew out of a USAID funded project to support and organize smallholder tobacco production. Since 1995, the NASFAM focus has diversified production to other cash and food crops. NASFAM, as it is now, was legally registered under the Trustees incorporation Act in February 1998.
Mr Nnaemeka Chidiebere IKEGWUONU
Executive Director, Smallholders Foundation
Mr Nnaemeka Chidiebere IKEGWUONU is the founder and CEO of the Smallholders Foundation in Nigeria. He is a Ashoka Fellow, 2010 Rolex Laureate and Yara Prize Awardee. Mr Ikegwuonu was named a “Young Leader” by the BMW Foundation in 2011.
Mr Ikegwuonu and the Smallholders Foundation develops and broadcasts 10 hours of educational radio programs daily to 250,000 listeners. The radio programs are held in the local Igbo language. Since 2007, 65 percent of his radio program listeners have increased their agricultural yield by 50 percent and their household income by 45 percent.
Mr Ikegwuonu has a goal of reaching 3.5 million farmers in almost 5000 villages in his own region. Since 2008, 4500 students have been trained and 10 school gardens of Nigeria have been established.
Through the Future Farmers Program, Mr Ikegwuonu imparts sustainable agricultural, environmental management, entrepreneurship and financial management skills to young people through the establishment of the School and Community Gardens in secondary schools and rural communities across Nigeria.
Mr Ikegwuonu holds an M.Sc in International Development And Cooperation.
Smallholders Foundation established in Jan. 2003 is a national non-governmental organization which promotes sustainable agricultural development, environmental conservation and market access beneficial to rural poor small farmers, through educational radio programs and in-field practical demonstrations. We are incorporated by The Corporate Affairs Commission of Nigeria.
The Smallholders Foundation was founded to complement the efforts of the government in tackling extreme poverty and hunger facing smallholder farmers. Our goal is to remove the constraints that have caused small scale agricultural growth in Nigeria to lag behind other nations. The Foundation works to reverse smallholder’s poor access to extension services, poor access to microcredit, poor access to land, low produce prices, the relatively poor access to markets, poor soil condition, the unavailability of water for agriculture, low livestock management by smallholders and inability of smallholders to take charge in managing abundant natural resources appropriately.
The Foundation designs and broadcast educational radio programs together with field practical agricultural, environmental and market access demonstrations which enable smallholders living in rural communities choose what commodities to produce, what technologies to utilize for such production, for whom to produce, when to produce and at what price to sell such products.
To enable small farmers overcome poverty
Dr Lindiwe M Sibanda
South Africa, CEO FANRPAN (Ex-offició)
Dr Lindiwe Majele Sibanda was the FANRPAN Board Chair from 2002 - 2004 and is the current FANRPAN Chief Executive Officer, based in Pretoria, responsible for activities in 12 southern African countries. As CEO, Dr Sibanda is responsible for facilitating the development of tools and processes that promote harmonization of policies at regional level. This is achieved by reviewing policies, the legal framework, institutional arrangements and governance processes. Evidence for policy development is generated through policy research with results channeled to member states through the regional secretariats of SADC and COMESA, and directly through national governments, farmer organizations, donors, universities and national research organization, and the agri-business community. Dr Sibanda has worked with rural communities on the use of community theatre as a tool for rural dwellers to contribute to policy development. Nine rural districts in 6 SADC countries were engaged over a two year period. She has an extensive experience in multi-country programme coordination, strategy planning using the LogFrame and problem tree analysis approach; workshop facilitation, leading and management of multi-disciplinary consultancy teams; organizational restructuring and functional analysis for Public Institutions.