Dr. Tshilidzi Madzivhandila – new man at the helm at FANRPAN

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PRETORIA. 1 March 2019 - The Board of Governors of the Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Tshilidzi Madzivhandila as Chief Executive Officer ad interim, with effect from 1 March 2019. He replaces Mr. Munhamo Chisvo, who opted to pursue personal interests after close to a year at the helm.

Dr. Tshilidzi Madzivhandila

Having joined FANRPAN in February 2011 as the network’s Director for Policy and Research, Dr. Madzivhandila directly contributed to the crafting of the network’s 2016 to 2023 strategic plan, thus positioning him favourably to spearhead its unpacking and implementation. He has over 20 years’ experience in research, policy analysis, and monitoring and evaluation, with a special focus on the food, agriculture and natural resources sector. An excellent communicator with strong intellectual and analytical skills, Dr. Madzivhandila has served in senior positions in national research institutions, government and international development organisations.

A staunch believer in capacity building’s pivotal role in transforming Africa’s agriculture, Dr. Madzivhandila is committed to contributing towards a cadre of agriculture experts by supervising university students pursuing post-graduate research studies. He believes that networks such as FANRPAN will contribute to agricultural transformation, and is committed to establishing and nurturing effective relationships, partnerships and strategic alliances with key players in the private, public, governmental, and non-governmental sectors. Over the years, he has developed an intimate appreciation of the eastern, central, western and southern regions of Africa, knowledge that is vital for propelling the geographical spread of the network in line with its assumption of a continental mandate in 2010.

A holder of a PhD degree in Economics – specializing in public policies and programmes evaluation – from the University of the New England, Australia, a Masters’ degree in Development Studies from the University of Free State, and a Bachelors’ degree in Agricultural Management from the University of Limpopo, Dr. Madzivhandila has also been exposed and excelled in other disciplines, including the University of South Africa’s Advanced Program in Marketing Management, and the Diploma in Higher Education from the University of the Limpopo.

Dr. Madzivhandila is a member of various professional associations, including the Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa (AEASA); the South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association (SAMEA); and the Pool of International Experts for the Food & Business Applied Research Fund (ARF) of the NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development. He has several journal publications, and present his work at national and international conferences.

Announcing the elevation of Dr. Madzivhandila to the helm of FANRPAN at the just ended Extra-Ordinary Meeting of the network members, the outgoing Chairman of the FANRPAN Board of Governors, H.E. Sindiso Ngwenya said, “Dr. Madzivhandila has a perfect combination of direct hands-on operational experience of FANRPAN, along with an impeccable set of qualifications. That makes him the ideal candidate to lead the implementation of FANRPAN's 2016 - 2023 Strategic Plan”. Also commenting on the change of hands at the Regional Secretariat, in-coming Chairperson of the Board, Professor Sidi Osho, acknowledged the tremendous efforts of Dr. Tshilidzi’s predecessors, but immediately called the attention of all to the current reality. She said, “We all need to remain focused on revitalising our network. All of us can see that FANRPAN’s mandate remains relevant today, as it was more than 20 years ago. We have a big task of ensuring that the food, agriculture and natural resources sector is transformed for the continent’s benefit”. Professor Osho urged the FANRPAN network to rally behind Dr. Madzivhandila.

In his maiden speech as CEO and Head of Mission, Dr. Madzivhandila urged the entire network, staff from the Regional Secretariat, the country nodes, and members, to re-double their efforts towards contributing towards the transformation of Africa’s agriculture. Statement released by Professor Sidi Osho (Board Chairman); for and on behalf of FANRPAN Board of Governors.