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Dr Lindiwe Majele Sibanda

Dr Lindiwe Majele Sibanda

Chief Executive Officer and Head of Mission

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Dr Lindiwe Majele Sibanda has been the chief executive officer and head of mission of the Africa-wide Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) since 2004. Dr Sibanda led the development of the strategy and business plans that FANRPAN is currently implementing (2007-2015). She is currently coordinating policy research and advocacy programs within the African continent, all aimed at making Africa a food-secure region. Her portfolio includes policy research and advocacy programmes on food policies, agricultural productivity and markets, rural livelihoods and climate change.

Dr Sibanda is an animal scientist by training and a practicing commercial beef cattle farmer and has been on the forefront of the agriculture, food security and climate change global policy agenda.

In 2012, Dr Sibanda was appointed Board Chair of the world's leading livestock organisation, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).

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In 2011, Dr Sibanda was nominated to serve on the independent science panel of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research of the Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security Programme (CCAFS), aimed at driving new research on the interactions between climate change, agriculture, natural resource management and food security, and to create unique possibilities in the search for cutting-edge solutions to climate change and food-security problems.

In August 2010 she was co-opted into the Guardian Global Development advisory panel as one of the world's most influential thinkers and provocative new voices.

In 2009 she led the No Agriculture, No Deal global campaign and mobilised African civil society organisations to push for the inclusion of agriculture in the United Nations Framework for Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC) Copenhagen negotiations.

Since 2008 Dr Sibanda has been a leading advocate for the Farming First global campaign – advocating for a holistic approach to sustainable agricultural development. She is an animal scientist by training and a practising commercial beef cattle farmer.

She received her BSc degree at the University of Alexandria in Egypt, and her MSc and PhD at the University of Reading in the UK.

Dr Sibanda is also the brains and founding editor as well as Editor-In-Chief of Africa’s new agriculture magazine, AgriDeal. She has written for a lot of leading world media organisations such as SciDev, The Guardian Newspaper to name a few.

She serves on numerous international boards and advisory councils and has published a number of policy materials in international media, journal articles and book chapters. Some of the Dr Sibanda's governance and advisory responsibilities include:
  • International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT), board of trustees
  • International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), board of trustees
  • Independent Science Panel for CRP5 (Water, Land and Ecosystems)
  • Independent Science Panel for CRP7 (Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security Programme (CCAFS)
  • Independent Science Panel for CRP2 (Policies, Institutions and Markets to Strengthen Food Security and Incomes for the Rural Poor)
  • Africa Interact Advisory Board
  • Montpellier Panel
  • Nelson Mandela Foundation aids2031 hyper-endemic pillar

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The Finance and Administration is the hub of the organization. It deals with project budgeting, issuing of consultancy contracts and ensuring compliance to donor contractual regulations. This Department also manages relations with the host government, funding partners and the network membership. Finance policies and procedures are also managed, ensuring that donor requirements are met and that internal treasury requirements and payroll administration functions are streamlined.
Ms Sharon Alfred

Ms Sharon Alfred

Office Manager - Finance and Administration

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Ms Sharon Alfred is one of the longest serving staff members at FANRPAN. In addition to bringing over 10 years’ experience in business management she serves as the institutional memory for FANRPAN. Ms Alfred has over the last 8 years, managed the FANRPAN financial audits, project specific audits and donor due diligence missions resulting in a clean audit trail throughout. She has been instrumental in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the FANRPAN financial and human resources policy documents. Currently her main role is to ensure the overall integrity of the organization through statutory, donor, constitutional, financial and administrative compliance in line with international best practise. Ms Alfred works closely with all departments, assisting staff to understand and implement organisational and donor policies and procedures which entails having a thorough understanding of FANRPAN’s portfolio of funding partners.
Ms Getrude Chanakira

Ms Getrude Chanakira

Finance Officer - Treasury Accounting

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Getrude is responsible for internal treasury duties, payroll administration and custordianship of the financial management system. She has strong knowledge of financial accounting, audit principles and practice, and assists in the preparation of financial statements.
Mr Lufingo Witson Mwamakamba

Mr Lufingo Witson Mwamakamba

Protocol and Partnerships Manager

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Lufingo's responsibilities as Protocol and Partnerships Manager for FANRPAN include managing relations with the host government, funding partners and the networks membership. He is also responsible for promoting the organisation externally via publicity and community relations. Lufingo speaks Portuguese as a second language and has extensive experience in Administration.
Mr Samuel Manda

Mr Samuel Manda

Finance Officer - Grant's accounting

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Sam joined FANRPAN in June 2007 as the Grants Finance Officer. He is responsible for the production of timely donor reports in accordance with the donor requirements and monthly management financial reports. Sam has over 10 years accounting experience. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Accounting and is currently studying with ACCA.UK.
Dr Tshilidzi Madzivhandila

Dr Tshilidzi Madzivhandila

Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator

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Tshilidzi is responsible for the implementation of programme performance indicators for results/impact measurements, the coordination of the design and conduct Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) needs assessments and overall M&E synthesis across all FANRPAN projects. He holds a Higher Education Diploma and a Bachelor of Agricultural Management (both from the University of the Limpopo), an Advanced Program in Marketing Management (University of South Africa), Master degree in Development Studies (University of the Free State), and PhD Economics (University of New England).
Mr Anthony Meje

Mr Anthony Meje

Logistics and Admin Officer

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Anthony Meje is responsible for logistics and office administration at FANRPAN. Anthony’s experience includes logistical management, project management, event coordinating and budget controlling. His valuable experience has led him to successfully lead teams in logistics for special events such as the FIFA World Cup 2010, Standard Bank Indaba Summit and SADC Annual Meeting to name a few. His strength encompasses communications and project implementation, his passion for management and finance has steered him to study towards a financial degree and attaining a CA qualification.
Ms H.J Ngwenya

Ms H.J Ngwenya

Knowledge and Communications Manager

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Ngwenya, Hlamalani (known as Hlami) is the Manager: Knowledge and Communications. She has 21 years of work experience in education and agricultural for development internationally; working with a wide range of stakeholders at community, local, national, regional, International and Global levels. She holds a Master Degree In Consumer Sciences (specializing in Community Nutrition) and she gained extensive knowledge and practical experience over 15 years in participatory and systemic approaches to Agricultural Extension and Rural development, Agricultural education & training and research for development. She also has experience in Communications for development and Knowledge management; designing and facilitation of (among others) strategic planning processes & systemic organizational change; systemic competence development and mentoring & coaching (including leadership training and good governance); personal mastery/ soft skill, emotional intelligence and team development; agricultural Innovation systems/ platforms; Learning oriented Monitoring and Evaluation; as well as project/ programme design, co-ordination and management.
 
Food Systems [+] Read more
The focus of this programme is enhanced production, quality, safety, processing, packaging and distribution of food.

The projects under this programme are:
  • Strengthening Civil Society Engagement in Policy Analysis, Dialogue and Implementation of the CAADP Process
  • Championing the COMESA Regional CAADP Compact Framework
Agricultural Productivity and Markets [+] Read more
This programme explores issues around improved agricultural productivity and effective input-output markets and trade.

The projects under this programme are:
  • Strengthening the Capacity of Women Farmers to Influence Agricultural Policy Development in Southern Africa – Women Accessing Realigned Markets (WARM)
  • Harmonized Seed Security Project (HaSSP)
  • Strengthening Evidence-Based Agricultural Policy Advocacy and Harmonization in Southern Africa
Dr Bellah Mpofu

Dr Bellah Mpofu

Programme Manager

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Bellah is responsible for the coordination of the Harmonised Seed Security Project, a pilot project which seeks to domesticate and implement the SADC Harmonised Seed Regulatory System in four countries.

Bellah is a Plant Scientist by training. She holds a BSc Honours Degree in Crop Science from the University of Zimbabwe, an MSc in Technology of Crop Protection from Reading University, U.K. and a PhD in Plant Science from McGill University Canada. She has 25 years of experience working in agricultural research; seed policy drafting and implementation; and harmonisation of seed legislation; in both the Public and the Private sector.
Ms Sithembile Mwamakamba

Ms Sithembile Mwamakamba

Programme Manager: WARM

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Sithembile manages the Women Accessing Realigned Markets (WARM) project which is aimed at Strengthening the Capacity of Women Farmers to Influence Agricultural Policy Development in Southern Africa using an innovation tool, Theatre for Policy Advocacy (TPA). Sithembile is responsible for maintaining and managing a knowledge base on evolving issues on women farmers and agriculture in Southern Africa as well as within the global context. She is also responsible for identifying platforms and opportunities where trained women farmers can engage with policy makers and advocate for better policies. Sithembile is passionate about development work and very much wants to be part of efforts to help reduce poverty and achieve sustainable economic development and social progress on the African continent.
Natural Resources and Environment [+] Read more
This programme deals with improved management of transnational water resources and the effects of climate change and coordinated development of biofuel policies in Africa.

The projects under this programme are:
  • Coordinating and Advocating for Conservation Agriculture policies in Southern Africa
  • Challenge Programme for Water and Food
  • (CPWF) Limpopo Basin Development Challenge. Coordination and Change Project (L5)
  • Assessing the Vulnerability of Agriculture to Climate Change in southern Africa. Part of "Strategies for Adapting to Climate Change in Rural Sub-Saharan Africa: Targeting the Most Vulnerable"
  • Improving Food Security in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Africa-wide Civil Society Climate Change Initiative for Policy Dialogues (ACCID)
Ms Aliness Mumba

Ms Aliness Mumba

Programme Assistant

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Aliness is a Programme Assistant on the Limpopo Basin Development Challenge project. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology with Psychology from the University of Zambia; she also holds an Honours Degree in Sociology from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. She is currently studying towards a Master of Social Science Degree in Gender Studies at the University of Pretoria. Aliness’ previous work experience includes advocacy and communication. Her research interests include women in developing countries and questions of gender.
Mr Talentus Mthunzi

Mr Talentus Mthunzi

Programme Assistant

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Mr Mthunzi has impressive experience in the development sector as indicated by his knowledge in value chain development and marketing. Mr Mthunzi has worked extensively on value chains with small holder farmers in rural Matabeleland South. He is a holder of a B.Sc. Honours Degree in Library and Information Science and has a keen interest in monitoring and evaluation.
Mr Kanono Thabane

Mr Kanono Thabane

Programme Assistant: Natural Resources

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Mr Thabane holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science in Economics from the National University of Lesotho. He holds extensive knowledge in climate change adaptation research in Lesotho having consulted for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Africa Adaptation Programme (AAP) and Lesotho Meteorological Services (LMS) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). His key research area is linking climate change impact assessments with poverty at a household level. He has extensive knowledge in conducting climate change related vulnerability assessments based on households’ entitlements of sustainable livelihoods.