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Knight Chambalika Mhango
Knight Chambalika Mhango
Course: Marshal Papworth 10-week Short Course
University: Harper Adams University
Year of completion: 2019

Knight is a farmer and animal health community worker. He works as a volunteer for Self-help Africa and is based in Karonga district.

His roles and responsibilities are:

  • Capacity building of farmers through farmer field school
  • Monitoring of livestock farmers
  • Support farmers in feed formulation
  • Training farmers in manure making
  • Ensuring that disease control measures are being followed

Knight hopes on returning home he will share all his new skills with his farmers through farmer field school, which will lead to increasing food security, nutrition status and income at household level. Therefore, promoting sustainable development of the nation at large.

Charity Chimphamba Phiri
Charity Chimphamba Phiri
Course: Marshal Papworth 10-week Short Course
University: Harper Adams University
Year of completion: 2019

Charity is a Development Facilitator working for Self-help Africa in the Karonga District of Malawi. She attended the Pentecostal Life University in 2019 – Qualification BSc in community development.

Her roles and responsibilities are:

  • Facilities information and training of farmer field schools & other groups
  • Capacity building of community based facilitators
  • Support farmers to conduct research through FFS (farmer field school) groups
  • Monitoring project activities and data collection
  • Planning and documentation of reports and success stories

Charity hopes that she will gain new skills and knowledge from the course that will help her to effectively support farmers through FFS approach and contribute to the achievement of the project goals.

Wisdom Jaccoh Nyondoh
Wisdom Jaccoh Nyondoh
Course: MSc Environmental Forestry
University: Bangor University
Year of completion: 2017/18

Wisdom is single. He attended The Catholic University of Eastern Africa in 2014 – Qualification – BSc Sustainable Human Development.

Wisdom is working for an NGO, Kaporo Foundation Commutrust, as a Project coordinator. His roles and responsibilities are:

  • Design and implement rural reforestation projects
  • Develop project proposals
  • Organise environmental conservation workshops
  • Mentor village forest committees
  • Engage students and communities in tree planting

Upon completion of the course Wisdom hopes to work with the government and NGO sector to establish sustainably managed forests within customary owned land, so as to bring forest resources close to the people at village level, while maximizing collective responsibility of the beneficiaries.

Gilbert Chikwama Banda
Gilbert Chikwama Banda
Course: MSc Animal Welfare and Conservation
University: Writtle University College
Year of completion: 2017/18

Gilbert is married. He attended University of Malawi in 2008 Qualification – Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture (Animal Science).

Gilbert is currently working as a Program Manager Animal Well-Being for Heifer International in Lilongwe Malawi. His job involves:

  • Over all coordination of Livestock activities
  • Capacity building of staff and farmers
  • Coordinating supply of livestock and associated items
  • Facilitating the adoption of improved innovation and advanced technologies to enable production efficiency , safety & sustainability
  • Documentation and dissemination of best practices

On completing his MSc Gilbert would like to form community animal welfare committees aimed at bringing awareness to communities on animal awareness issues for domesticated animals, given that there is a huge knowledge gap as far as animal welfare is concerned.

Lucy Mitole
Lucy Mitole
Course: Marshal Papworth 10-week Short Course
University: Moulton College
Year of completion: 2017

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 Moyo
Chrissy Moyo
Course: Marshal Papworth 10-week Short Course
University: Moulton College
Year of completion: 2017

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.

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Yamikani Yafeti
Yamikani Yafeti
Course: MSc Community Water and Sanitation
University: Cranfield University
Year of completion: 2016/2017

Yamikani is currently working for the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Department through National Resources Authority (NWRA) as a Water Recourse Officer.

Phillip Philemon Haraw
Phillip Philemon Haraw
Course: MSc Applied International Development
University: Reading University
Year of completion: 2016/2017

Philip is currently working as a Secure Livelihoods Coordinator for International NGO Voluntary Services Overseas in Malawi.

Offerings Taju
Offerings Taju
Course: MSc Environmental Water Management
University: Cranfield University
Year of completion: 2015/2016

Offerings currently works as an Irrigation Engineer for Government of Malawi.

Bakhita Mkwingwiri
Bakhita Mkwingwiri
Course: Marshal Papworth Short Course
University: Shuttleworth College
Year of completion: 2015

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 Chimpesa
Veneless Chimpesa
Course: Marshal Papworth Short Course
University: Shuttleworth College
Year of completion: 2015

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 Kavuta
Barbra Kavuta
Course: MSc Climate Change & Development
University: Reading University
Year of completion: 2014/2015

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 Kankhuni
Francis Kankhuni
Course: Marshal Papworth Short Course
University: Shuttleworth College
Year of completion: 2014

Francis works for the Ministry of Education, science and technology as a Primary school teacher.

Allan Katola
Allan Katola
Course: Marshal Papworth Short Course
University: Shuttleworth College
Year of completion: 2014

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 Matumbi
Monica Matumbi
Course: Marshal Papworth Short Course
University: Shuttleworth College
Year of completion: 2014

Monica’s present occupation is Community Agriculture Radio Officer.

Charrison Tengatenga
Charrison Tengatenga
Course: MA Social Development and Sustainable Livelihoods
University: Reading University
Year of completion: 2011/2012

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.

Fidelis Sindani
Fidelis Sindani
Course: MSc Applied Development Studies
University: University of Reading
Year of completion: 2009/2010

Contributes to the national development of Malawi as a Development Specialist / Analyst.

Martha Muluta
Martha Muluta
Course: Marshal Papworth 10 Week Short Course
University: Shuttleworth College
Year of completion: 2012

Martha currently works as a Field Officer for the Malawian government, helping non-governmental organisations and farmers to start viable businesses.

Lonjezo L Masikini
Lonjezo L Masikini
Course: MA in Rural Development
University: University of East Anglia
Year of completion: 2007/2008

Lonjezo works for an organisation that is helping smallholder farmers to overcome the serious issues of rural development.

Maurice Mantchombe
Maurice Mantchombe
Course: MSc Applied Development Studies
University: Reading University
Year of completion: 2011/2012

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.

Victor Kumwenda
Victor Kumwenda
Course: MSc Horticultural Crop Production
University: Writtle College
Year of completion: 2012/2013

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.

Enford Kanyimbo
Enford Kanyimbo
Course: MSc Applied Development Studies
University: Reading University
Year of completion: 2011/2012

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.

Susan Kumwenda
Susan Kumwenda
Course: MSc in Communication for Innovation and Development
University: Reading University
Year of completion: 2013

“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.”

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Eliza Uledi
Eliza Uledi
Course: Marshal Papworth 10 Week Short Course
University: Shuttleworth College
Year of completion: 2013

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 buy ativan online cheap 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.”

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Akusainda Siska
Akusainda Siska
Course: Marshal Papworth 10 Week Short Course
University: Shuttleworth College
Year of completion: 2012

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 Sefasi
Gracian Sefasi
Course: Marshal Papworth 10 Week Short Course
University: Shuttleworth College
Year of completion: 2011

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 Salililka
Shadreck Salililka
Course: Marshal Papworth 10 Week Short Course
University: Shuttleworth College
Year of completion: 2011

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.

Chipaso Nkhonjera
Chipaso Nkhonjera
Course: MSc Applied Development Studies
University: Reading University
Year of completion: 2010/2011

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 Nguluwe
Violet Nguluwe
Course: Marshal Papworth 10 Week Short Course
University: Shuttleworth College
Year of completion: 2012

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 Ngirazie
Lee Ngirazie
Course: MSc Water Management
University: Cranfield University
Year of completion: 2012/2013

Lee works for World Vision International at the Malawi office where he has spear-headed the community development work providing overall leadership and management.

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Lumbani Mwafulirwa
Lumbani Mwafulirwa
Course: Msc in International Horticulture
University: Writtle College
Year of completion: 2008/2009

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.

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Keterina Moyo
Keterina Moyo
Course: Marshal Papworth 10 Week Short Course
University: Shuttleworth College
Year of completion: 2012

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 Mchina
Wildon Mchina
Course: Marshal Papworth 10 Week Short Course
University: Shuttleworth College
Year of completion: 2013

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.

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Mcloud Kayira
Mcloud Kayira
Course: MSc Applied Development Studies
University: Reading University
Year of completion: 2010/2011

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 Gong’a
Humphreys Gong’a
Course: Marshal Papworth 10 Week Short Course
University: Shuttleworth College
Year of completion: 2012

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 Fungatira
Thomas Fungatira
Course: Marshal Papworth 10 Week Short Course
University: Shuttleworth College
Year of completion: 2014

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 Chipata
Nessah Chipata
Course: Marshal Papworth 10 Week Short Course
University: Shuttleworth College
Year of completion: 2013

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 Before
Joseph Before
Course: Marshal Papworth 10 Week Short Course
University: Shuttleworth College
Year of completion: 2013

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.

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Elvis Banda
Elvis Banda
Course: Marshal Papworth 10 Week Short Course
University: Shuttleworth College
Year of completion: 2012

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.

Khwima Mkhala
Khwima Mkhala
Course: MSc Applied International Development
University: University of Reading
Year of completion: 2019

Country: Malawi

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.

Her job involves:

  • Provide technical leadership in implementation of livelihood projects
  • Capacity building of farmer clubs in climate smart agriculture
  • On job coaching and mentoring of 4 front line staff
  • Linking horticulture and legume producer groups to markets
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Solomon Mkumbwa
Solomon Mkumbwa
Course: MA in Rural Development
University: University of East Anglia
Year of completion: 2006/2007

Solomon has become a competent Development Programme and Policy Advisor for the Government within a Local Authority and central Government in his country.

Stephen Chikuse
Stephen Chikuse
Course: MSc in Sustainable Management
University: Leicester University
Year of completion: 2006/2007

Stephen aimed to work in the Agricultural Public Sector of Malawi to benefit the poorer communities on a wider scale.

Steven Kuliyazi
Steven Kuliyazi
Course: MSc in Social development and Sustainable Livelihoods
University: University of Reading
Year of completion: 2008/2009

On completion of his studies Steven returned to Malawi to continue working with Oxfam.

Duncan Kochelani
Duncan Kochelani
Course: MSc in Development and Project Planning
University: University of Bradford
Year of completion: 2008/2009

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