Sithembile coordinates FANRPAN’s climate smart agriculture policy research and advocacy projects. Her work focuses on enhancing the research to policy and practice interface to help raise investment in, and policy support for climate-smart agriculture. She manages a portfolio of programs that include projects on Irrigation Water Management, Post-harvest Management, and Climate Smart Resilient Agriculture. Sithembile has led case studies on current and emerging youth policies and initiatives with a focus on links to agriculture in ten countries in Sub Saharan Africa. Between 2009 -2012, she led the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded Women Accessing Realigned Markets (WARM) project aimed at strengthening the capacity of women farmers to advocate for policy change. She is a member of the Young Professionals for Agriculture and Development (YPARD) network Steering Committee, the Regional Reference Group for the Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA) Programme and she represents FANRPAN in the Farming First Steering Committee. Sithembile holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies from the University of Pretoria and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Cape Town.
Ms Sithembile Ndema Mwamakamba
Programme Manager: CSA