SECRETARIAT

Nyasha Chiwawarirwa-Muzire

National Coordinator at the Zimbabwe Land and Agrarian Network. She has 8 years’ experience in research, capacity building, lobby and advocacy with a bias in food security and livelihoods, women’s voice, leadership and participation. She is passionate about empowerment of women from marginalised communities on issues of social, economic and environmental justice. Nyasha holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from the University of Zimbabwe

Samantha Chimombe

Programs Assistant at the Zimbabwe Land and Agrarian Network (ZiLAN). She has experience in supporting research on land and agrarian issues as well as project planning and management. She holds a bachelor of science honours degree in Agricultural Economics (Agricultural and Rural Development) with the University of Zimbabwe

Nyaradzo Tapomwa-Kugara

Programs Assistant at the Zimbabwe Land and Agrarian Network. She is a development and humanitarian professional specializing in rural development and sustainability in smallholder agriculture. Her expertise particularly lies in food security, rural livelihoods, climate risk management, food security and women empowerment. She holds a Master of Science Degree in Agriculture and Applied Economics, a Master’s in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Economics and Extension from the University of Zimbabwe.

STEERING COMMITTEE

Phides Mazhawidza

Phides is the Executive Director of Women Farmers Land and Agriculture Trust. She boasts of over 15 years of work experience working in the NGO sector. She is a farmer and researcher with interests in women land rights, livelihoods, food security and climate change. She holds qualifications in Business Administration and Organisation and Management of NGOs.

Muchanyara Midzi

Muchanyara is a multi-sectoral researcher and development practitioner with expertise in Public Finance Management, social and economic justice, organisation development, and monitoring and evaluation. She has vast working experience in the democracy and governance sector in Zimbabwe with a bias in economic governance, social accountability and development policy advocacy. Muchanyara Midzi is the Programme Lead for Trade Justice with ZIMCODD focusing on Trade Justice, climate justice, livelihoods and movement building.

Thandiwe Chidavarume

Currently the National Coordinator for Women and Land in Zimbabwe and Rural Women’s Assembly in Zimbabwe since July 2012. She believes in the human rights-based approach to development and self-sustainable use of natural resources. She has a strong conviction that rural women’s access, control and ownership of land and related resources is the panacea for development and ending poverty. Her vision is to see just distribution of land and other natural resources and full recognition of women’s land rights.

Nanganidzai Makoho

Nanganidzai is the current Capacity Building Director at Zimbabwe Farmers Union. She is a competent and professional development practitioner with over 29 years of experience. She is well versed in sustainable agriculture, food security and nutrition, capacity building, gender and development, human rights advocacy, land and natural resource management and climate change. She is a holder of a Master’s degree in Disaster Risk Reduction and Livelihoods Studies, BSc Degree in Agriculture Management, Certificate in Agriculture, National Executive Certificate in Monitoring and Evaluation.

Apolonia Chonyera

She is the Founder and Director of Wadzanai Community Development Trust founded in 2006.With over 40 years’ experience in the CSO sector, Apolonia has dedicated her life to the upliftment of women, with whom she has worked in various capacities. She has worked to capacitate women in entrepreneurship, planning and management of livelihood projects (permaculture, mushroom production and piggery), economic literacy, leadership, integrated rural community development, environmental management, family life education, gender analysis and gender-based violence.

Walter Chambati

Currently the Executive Director at the Sam Moyo African Institute for Agrarian Studies (SMAIAS. He is a researcher with interests in agrarian labour issues and agricultural development in Africa. Over the last 15 years, his research has focused on examining the political economy of agrarian labour in Zimbabwe following Fast Track Land Reform Programme. Walter holds a Ph.D. in Development (Agrarian Studies) obtained from the University of South Africa.

Godfrey Magaramombe

He is the Executive Director of the Farm Community Trust of Zimbabwe. He has over 30 years of experience working in the development sector. He holds an MA in Public Administration completed in 1992 and MSc in Rural and urban Planning completed in 2002 from the University of Zimbabwe.

Tobias Chipare

Tobias is an agriculturalist with post graduate qualifications in Disaster Management; and Leadership and Management. A seasoned community development practitioner with more than 30 years of promoting interventions for fighting poverty at grassroots level. Vast experience in the NGO sector implementing projects focusing on sustainable agriculture, food and nutrition security, livelihoods, microfinance, WASH and natural resources management. Has keen interests in land agrarian issues, NGO governance and project evaluations. He is currently, Executive Director of Zimbabwe Project Trust.