Governance & Leadership

Dr. Lindiwe Majele

Vice President for Policy and Strategic Partnerships

Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda is the Vice President for Policy and Partnerships at the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). AGRA’s vision is to catalyze and sustain inclusive agriculture transformation in Africa by increasing incomes and improving food security for smallholder farmer households. Her portfolio includes facilitating strategic partnerships for business growth, mobilizing public and private sector for an enabling business environment, and structuring affordable and accessible financial products for SMEs and smallholder farmers across Africa.

Dr.  Sibanda has over 25 years of trans-disciplinary experience in agriculture and rural development, public and private sector reforms and management. This experience includes helping government ministries of agriculture to streamline their activities and create a conducive environment for the private sector; and, establishing and strengthening state and non-state actor evidence based policy advocacy platforms.

Globally, Lindiwe is a recognized leader in agriculture, climate change and nutrition. She is a serving member of, World Economic Forum Council on the future of Food security and Agriculture; the Australia ACIAR Policy Advisory Council; the EAT-Lancet Commission on Sustainable Healthy Food Systems; the United Nations (UN) Committee for Policy Development (CDP);is a champion for the Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 targeting 50% reduction in food loss and waste by 2030; and is a member of the African Union Commission (AUC) Leadership Council. She has received numerous awards for her contribution towards agriculture and food security, including the Yara- Africa Prize in 2013.  She holds a Masters and PhD in Agriculture from the University of Reading, UK.  Prior to joining AGRA, Lindiwe was the CEO and Head of Mission for the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), active in food and nutrition security policy development across 17 African countries.

Blog Posts

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

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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

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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

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Josette Sheeran

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Frank N. J. Braeken

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Adam Gerstenmier

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Dr Joe DeVries

Vice President, Program Development & Innovation

Sean de Cleene

Vice President, Business Development & Strategic Partnerships

Dr. Lindiwe Majele

Vice President Country Support,
Policy and Delivery

Paul Tikani

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Boaz Keizire

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