Governance & Leadership
Dr. Lindiwe Majele
Vice President Country Support, Policy and Delivery
Dr. Lindiwe Majele obtained a postgraduate scholarship at the University of Alexandria, where she also obtained a Bachelor of Science. She then attended the University of Reading, where she obtained a Masters and a PhD after defending a thesis on goat breeding in Matabeleland. She then was a researcher in the Department of Animal Production of the University of Zimbabwe, where she led an experimental study of a group consisting of multiparous goats accustomed to outdoor life and free grazing that have been put in barn and fed pre-cut hay. This study highlighted the low adaptation of goats in a confined and stall feeding. She is also responsible for a cattle operation.
Since 2004, she has been the general manager and head of the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) in Pretoria. This organization was created at the initiative of eight African countries in 1997, with a view to promote the development of appropriate farming to fight against poverty and to improve African agricultural self-sufficiency.
She is in charge of research policy and support programs of food policy on the African continent, with a view to ensuring food security in the countries concerned. In 2012, she again was named board chair of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).
She is a member of the Panel of Montpellier, a group of African and European experts who express themselves in the fields of agriculture, trade, ecology and development, advocating in particular measures to fight against the impact of climate change on the economies of African countries, and requesting substantial investment to avoid shortages or price increases of food, an increase in child malnutrition, migration, and impoverishment.
Agribusinesses and African Smallholders Seize $1 Trillion Food Market as Meals Replace Minerals to Restart African Economic Growth, New Report
Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, 5 September 2017 – The power of entrepreneurs and the free market is driving Africa’s economic growth from food production, as business wakes up to opportunities of a rapidly growing food market in Africa, that may be worth more than $1 trillion each year by 2030 to substitute imports with high value food
Major Deals to Accelerate Africa’s Path to Prosperity through Agriculture Agreed at World’s Foremost Gathering of African Agriculture Leaders
Close to US$6.5 billion worth of investments in palm oil, pulses, potato and rice, mainly in West Africa, over the next eight years, were made and the new US$280 million Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa (PIATA) launched Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, Friday 8 September 2017 – Africa’s economic growth prospects received a major boost this
New US $280 Million Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa Launched
Four prominent organizations supporting African agriculture join forces in innovative strategic partnership to increase incomes and improve the food security of 30 million smallholder farm households in at least 11 African countries by 2021. Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, 5 September 2017 – The multi-million dollar Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa (PIATA) was launched today at the