Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)
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Dr Tobias Takavarasha

Dr Tobias Takavarasha

Chief Executive Officer ad interim

Dr Takavarasha is one of the FANRPAN founder members, having served as FANRPAN Chief Executive Officer in 2002 - 2004 he facilitated the registration and initial establishment of the organization. He has remained closely involved with FANRPAN providing support as a strategic advisor and facilitating partnerships with key institutions including FAO.

Dr Takavarasha is currently an independent Agriculture and Food Security Adviser, and former United Nations Food and Agriculture (FAO) Representative for South Africa. He has over thirty-five years' experience in national and international public service in African agriculture, food security and rural development including leadership, advisory and management roles.

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His most recent positions include:

  • United Nations experience, Head of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in South Africa (2013-2016);
  • FAO Senior Policy and investment Officer seconded to NEPAD (2010-2012) supporting implementation of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP);
  • Director for Strategy, Monitoring and Evaluation at the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA, 2008-2010);
  • Worked extensively in SADC including a year in Malawi (2007-2008) as Management Adviser for restructuring the national food reserve agency; consultant to establish the SADC Regional Food Reserve Facility and Center for Coordination of Agriculture Research and Development for Southern African (CCARDESA), SADC Bio fuelsStrategy.
  • Director-General/Permanent Secretary for Lands and Agriculture (1996-2002), National Land Commissioner, and chairman and director of boards of several agricultural state enterprises and private companies in Zimbabwe.

Directors
Dr Tshilidzi Madzivhandila

Dr Tshilidzi Madzivhandila

Director - Policy and Research

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Tshilidzi 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).
Prof. Simbarashe (Simba) Sibanda

Prof. Simbarashe (Simba) Sibanda

Managing Director: Agriculture to Nutrition Initiative - ATONU

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Simba is an accomplished agriculturalist, technical scientist and professional dialogue facilitator. He brings to ATONU extensive experience in managing and leading complex, multi-partner agricultural and food security programs in Africa, Europe and South West Pacific region. He has a good grasp of agricultural value chains, food systems and nutritional issues. He holds a PhD in nutritional biochemistry and BSc in agriculture (animal science major) from the University of Zimbabwe and a Masters in Animal Nutrition from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He has conducted research and published extensively with over 40 peer reviewed publications and book chapters. He has previously worked in government for six years, as Professor of Animal Sciences at the University of Zimbabwe for 14 years and more recently for the past 13 years as co-owner and Director of a consulting firm.
Mr Jared Odhingo

Mr Jared Odhingo

Director - Finance and Administration

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Jared's responsibilities as the Director of Finance and Administration is to ensure, 1) an effective strategic and operational financial planning, monitoring and reporting to enhance the decision making process of the organization's Chief Executive Officer and Board of Directors; 2) that FANRPAN and its partners comply with all statutory and external requirements and regulations on finance and administration and 3) that IT processes support the effective running of the business. He is also a key player in creating the culture that is required in order to maintain FANRPAN's healthy financial and administrative wellbeing. As a member of the Senior Management Team, he contributes to the strategic planning, financial management and day-to-day running of the organisation, including but not limited to:

  • Financial accounting and reporting
  • Management reporting, yearly planning, budgeting / forecasting, ad hoc analysis
  • Monitor progress and changes and keep senior management team abreast of the organization's financial status
  • Financial systems, procedures and internal controls, including continuous reviews, upgrades in line with internationally accepted standards
  • Coordinate and lead the annual audit process, liaise with external auditors and relevant stakeholders, to ensure a well executed process
  • Payroll functions, taxation and Risk Management
  • Oversee administrative functions as well as facilities to ensure efficient and consistent operations as the organization scales
  • Overseeing IT systems and applications

Jared holds MBA from Herriot-Watt University, MFC from International Academy of Business and Financial Management and has over 23 years' experience in the field of Finance, Accounting, Budgeting, Travel and Payroll administrations, donor or Grant management and information technology.

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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

Compliance Manager

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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

Policy Advocacy 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.
Ms Loice Njiru

Ms Loice Njiru

Grants and Systems Manager

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>Ms Hlengiwe Mabena

Ms Hlengiwe Mabena

Administrative Assistant

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My name is Hlengiwe Mabena, I am an admin assistant responsible for all administrative duties and procurement. I have a passion for Business and Office Administration. I am motivated and inspired by individuals who are committed and hardworking.
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
Ms Sithembile Mwamakamba

Ms Sithembile Ndema Mwamakamba

Climate Smart Agriculture Programmes Manager

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Sithembile Ndema Mwamakamba is responsible for coordinating FANRPAN's climate smart agriculture policy research and advocacy projects. Her project portfolio includes projects aimed at enhancing the research-to-policy interface between climate change, smallholder agriculture and poverty reduction by focusing on the specific needs of key vulnerable groups (e.g. women, small-scale farmers and the youth) in the African context. Sithembile is also responsible for bringing together a coalition of stakeholders to tackle these multi-tier and multidimensional challenges to achieving and sustaining climate-smart agriculture for people and not just for the environment.

She has been with FANRPAN since 2008 and has coordinated FANRPAN’s Youth and Gender Programme Portfolio, aimed at developing a holistic agriculture policy framework in Africa that will support engagement of youth and women in the agriculture sector. She has worked extensively in Malawi and Mozambique leading the Bill and Melinda Gates Funded project Women Accessing Realigned Markets (WARM) aimed at strengthening the capacity of women farmers to advocate for policy change.

She has successfully led ten country case studies on current and emerging youth policies and initiatives with a focus on links to agriculture. She is a member of the Young Professionals for Agriculture and Development (YPARD) network Steering Committee and she represents FANRPAN in the Farming First Steering Committee.
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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)
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.
Food Systems and Nutrition
Communications and Advocacy
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.