Lucy is a Lead farmer in land resource and agri-business. Lead farmers are people who are identified and trained within the community as innovators who will try and promote different technologies on agriculture within the community.
Chrissy is a Development Facilitator. She is working in a project whose overall objective is to contribute to improved power generation through sustainable community-based use and management of natural resources.
Yamikani is currently working for the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Department through National Resources Authority (NWRA) as a Water Recourse Officer.
Philip is currently working as a Secure Livelihoods Coordinator for International NGO Voluntary Services Overseas in Malawi.
Offerings currently works as an Irrigation Engineer for Government of Malawi.
Bakhita’s current job is a lead farmer in Mpilisi EPA. She has been involved in farming for nine years in various crops like Maize, pigeon pea and horticultural crops and small stock livestock. As a lead farmer she has been assisting fellow farmers with good agriculture practices on pigeon pea production in her area with assistance from agriculture extension workers. She has also been involved in soil and water conservation, agribusiness and food and nutrition.
Veneless has taken up a more challenging job, the objective is to improve power generation through community-based sustainable use and management of natural resources
Barbra is currently working as Projects Officer – responsible for coordinating agriculture, relief and food advocacy projects with (CARD ) Churches Action in Relief and Development. 90% of her job is field based working with farmers in disaster risk reduction activities.
Francis works for the Ministry of Education, science and technology as a Primary school teacher.
Allan works for the department of Fisheries. He is an Assistant Fisheries Officer. Allan commented: “The world of agriculture is fast changing and there is need for us field officers to be equipped with new knowledge to benefit the communities.”
Monica’s present occupation is Community Agriculture Radio Officer.
Charrison is currently working for World Vision International as a Programmes Food Security Manager. Since returning home he has been at the centre of empowering and motivating community members and field level staff to improve their understanding in tackling underlying causes of poverty.
Contributes to the national development of Malawi as a Development Specialist / Analyst.
Martha currently works as a Field Officer for the Malawian government, helping non-governmental organisations and farmers to start viable businesses.
Lonjezo works for an organisation that is helping smallholder farmers to overcome the serious issues of rural development.
Maurice is currently working in the Department of Agricultural Research Services in Malawi and is responsible for horticultural technology transfer. Since returning he has been actively participaiting in policy formulation, along with analysis and advocacy for sustainable agricultural developments in Malawi.
Working as a Principle Crop Officer for the Ministry of Agriculture, Victor is responsible for providing technical guidance to horticultural and extension staff involved in horticultural crop production.
Since returning, Enford has been working as an Agriculture Extension Methodologies Officer for two disctrict councils and has helped organise farmer groups into sustainable associations and co-operations.
“I was highly honoured to be among the Marshal Papworth scholarship beneficiaries to pursue a masters’ degree in Communication and Innovation for Development at the University of Reading. In my home country of Malawi, Banana bunchy top virus disease has affected many banana growers, and through my dissertation I was able to assess smallholder farmers’ perceptions on the control of the disease.”READ CASE STUDY
Eliza Uledi, from Malawi, completed the Marshal Papworth 10-week Short Course in July 2014. Since graduating, Eliza has helped to develop a 7.7 hectare plot that now yields rice, maize, tomatoes and pumpkins in her home town.
Development of the plot involved Eliza working with 62 other farmers to assess the soil type for each crop, and recover neglected irrigation pipes and canals – using a number of skills that Eliza had learnt during her course.
Eliza also workes with farmers to share some of the business techniques she had learnt in the UK, encouraging them to treat the farm as an enterprise.
Eliza said: “Each farmer has taken responsibility for a portion of the plot and we have been able to sell our produce in the marketplace and directly from the farm; making a profit of K950,000 (£103).”
The farm project has allowed Eliza to help improve the skills and knowledge of 62 farmers, who can now pass these valuable techniques on to their children.
She concluded: “Marshal Papworth has allowed me to make a difference in my local community and my country. The original group of farmers are now starting their own small businesses, buying and selling fish near the lakes, trading vegetables, and investing money in new crops. This means that parents can now afford school fees, build better houses, and buy new clothes. They’re even eating better and feeling healthier.”READ CASE STUDY
On returning home Akusainda shared his knowledge and skills with both farmers and the government. Akusainda currently works as a Training Officer for the local government, primarily dealing with crop production, protection and storage.
Gracian is a Geography teacher at Kasungu Secondary School in Malawi. The course equipped Gracian with the required knowledge and skills needed to promote agriculture as a viable occupation in his community.
Shadreck works as an Agriculture Extention Officer and teaches 3000 farming families good methods of agriculture. The course equipt him with the knowledge and skills to assist and train his farmers in sustainable farming methods.
On returning to Malawi, Chipaso used his Masters to develop advanced knowledge and skills on development policy formulation and interpretation. He is able to view the development process, understanding and fixing any emerging issues, to ensure sustainable agricultural development.
Violet works for Agricultural Extension Development, as an Extension Worker, interpreting government policies on agriculture to farmers. She also conducts various agricultural demonstrations explaining different methodologies to the farmers.
Lee works for World Vision International at the Malawi office where he has spear-headed the community development work providing overall leadership and management.READ CASE STUDY
Since Lumbani’s return to Malawi he has worked as a Research Associate in the Soybean and Cowpea Breeding Programme at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). In thie role he worked towards improving soybean and cowpea production in Malawi and Eastern Zambia through the development, introduction and promotion of new and improved varieties.READ CASE STUDY
Keterina works as an Agricultural Extension Development Officer for the Limphasa Extension Planning Area and works with 517 farmers, of which 80% are women. Since returning home the skills that Keterina learnt from her course have helped to improve farming productivity, food security and income levels to local communities.
Wildon is employed by the Ministry of Agriculture as an Extension Officer. Acquiring and sharing his new skills in animal, crop husbandry and management of small businesses, has been a great asset to Malawian farmers.READ CASE STUDY
On returning to Malawi, Mcloud became a Development Agent, actively participating in policy analysis and positively impacting the lives of rural people through sustainable food production and improved income.
Humphreys works with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food security as an Agricultural Extension Development Officer. This field based position enables Humphreys to use his knowledge to help farmers to adopt improved technologies.
Thomas works for the ministry of Education, Science and Technology as a primary school teacher. He facilitates school based workshops alongside planning, organising and co-ordinating school activities.
Nessah is an Agricultural Extension & Development Officer. The knowledge she gained from the course and has since applied to training has enabled her to assist Malawian farmers and other agricultural stakeholders to improve productivity.
Joseph is currently working for the Ministry of Agriculture, in the irrigation and water development team, as an Extension Development Officer. The knowledge gained from the Marshal Papworth 10 Week Short Course has helped him improve the livelihoods of farmers in his community – enabling them to produce enough crops for their households and villagers.READ CASE STUDY
Elvis is an Agriculture Extension Development Officer for the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Management. His qualification has strengthened his knowledge and given him the confidence to work with poor farmers in his community to make a change.
University: University of Reading
Course: MSc Applied International Development
Khwima attended Bunda College in 2013, where she graduated in BSc Irrigation Engineering. She currently works for World Vision Malawi, Mulanje Area as a technical coordinator on livelihoods projects.
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Solomon has become a competent Development Programme and Policy Advisor for the Government within a Local Authority and central Government in his country.
Stephen aimed to work in the Agricultural Public Sector of Malawi to benefit the poorer communities on a wider scale.
On completion of his studies Steven returned to Malawi to continue working with Oxfam.
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