Dr. LINDIWE MAJELE SIBANDA
CEO and Head of Mission; Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)
Dr Lindiwe Majele Sibanda has over 20 years of trans-disciplinary experience in rural development, public sector reforms and private sector management. She is a trained animal scientist and an authoritative leader for agriculture, with profound understanding of organizational development issues, governance and development policy processes. 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.
Since 2004, she has held the position of Chief Executive Officer and Head of Mission of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN). Lindiwe coordinates policy research and advocacy programmes aimed at making Africa a food and nutrition secure region. She is currently leading a multi-country research and technical assistance project on Improving Nutrition Outcomes through Optimized Agricultural Investments (ATONU), addressing the question “What can agriculture do for nutrition”. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the ATONU project seeks to improve nutrition outcomes in smallholder farm families and poor households through tailored nutrition-sensitive agriculture programs that ultimately benefit women of child bearing age and children in the first 1,000 days of life.
Dr. Sibanda serves as trustee and adviser to numerous international food security-related initiatives and has been involved with the Farming First global campaign, advocating for a holistic approach to sustainable agricultural development since 2008. She is a member of the African Union Commission Leadership Council representing African CSOs and has been appointed as a member of the United Nations Economic and Social Council Committee for Development Policy, starting 2016 to 2018.
In 2010, Lindiwe was co-opted into the Global Development advisory Panel which comprises some of the world's most influential thinkers and preeminent development experts. In 2013, she was recognized as one of seven women working to change the food system in honor of International Women’s Day by the Food Think Tank. Dr. Sibanda is the Yara 2013 Prize laureate in recognition of her effective entrepreneurial work which has spread knowledge that has inspired smallholder farmers and youth and has enabled change in the African agricultural sector. She was awarded the 2014 FARA Award for "Exemplary leadership and contributions to agricultural development agenda in Africa".
Dr. Sibanda is a regular guest lecturer at the Universities. From 1992-1994, Dr. Sibanda was employed as a full time Lecturer in the Department of Animal physiology in the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences at the University of Zimbabwe. She has published multiple articles and chapters of books on agriculture, food security, livelihoods, resilience, climate change, policy processes and animal production; and on average per year delivers more than ten keynote addresses at global high-level food and nutrition security conferences.
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