Dyborn ChibongaRegional Head, Southern Africa
Dyborn joined AGRA from the National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi (NASFAM) where he has led a dynamic team in taking the project from an initiative to becoming a model rural producer organization in Southern Africa. NASFAM is the largest smallholder owned organization with over 165,000 farmer members and a staff of about 400 in 22 locations belonging to 52 Associations across the country. He has been the Chief Executive Officer of NASFAM for the last 18 years.
Under his leadership, NASFAM pioneered the establishment of The Agricultural Commodity Exchange for Africa (ACE) in 2004 and entered into Fairtrade production of peanuts in 2005. NASFAM produces high quality products including Aflatoxin tested peanuts for the ready-to-use therapeutic food market and Kilombero rice for fairly traded markets in Europe. NASFAM won the Yara Prize for an African Green Revolution (now Africa Food Prize) in 2009 and was awarded Runner Up for Advocacy in the 2013 Africa Farmer Organisation of the Year Award by AFRICRES in partnership with AGRA. Mr. Chibonga has represented smallholder farmers at the World Economic Forum on Africa, the Grow Africa Investment Forum, the Africa Green Revolution Forum, Fairtrade Fortnight, UN Rio+20 Conference and UNFCCC COP, UN Sustainable Development Agenda Intergovernmental Negotiations in 2015, UN 2016 High Level Political Forum on SDGs, Committee on World Food Security (CFS) 43 Plenary Session and World Bank Resilience Workshop in 2017.
Mr. Chibonga holds a Masters Certificate in NGO Management and M.Sc. in Landscape Ecology Design and Maintenance from Wye College (University of London). He also has a B.Sc. (Credit) and Diploma (Credit) in Agriculture from Bunda College of Agriculture (University of Malawi). His general experience includes various Board roles with both for-profit and non-profit organizations, task forces and committees dedicated to improving the lives of the underprivileged through their active participation.