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Danisa Matebesi
Danisa Matebesi

Country – Zimbabwe

Writtle University College

Course – MSc Crop Production (Horticulture)

Danisa is married and has two children. He attended Gwebi Agricultural College where he obtained a higher national Diploma in Horticultural science 2000-2001, University of South Africa – 2015 Qualification B Tec Horticulture.

Danisa currently works for the Ministry of Higher Education at Harare Polytechnic in Zimbabwe, as a Horticulture Lecturer. His roles and responsibilities are:

  • Plan and implement all learning activities
  • Review horticultural curriculum for horticultural extension officers, Research on new technologies
  • keep student records and supervise all learning activities
  • Visit students on industrial attachments for assessment
  • Invigilate all learning (coursework and final exams)

Danisa thinks that knowledge and skill transfer is key in development, so will on returning home facilitate training of smallholder farmers through workshops, short learning programmes and exhibits. His extension officers will be enabled through a review of the curriculum.

Taruvinga Lament Magwiroto
Taruvinga Lament Magwiroto
Course: MSc Communication for Development
University: University of Reading
Year of completion: 2019

Country: Zimbabwe

University: Reading University

Course: MSc Communication for Development

Taruvinga attended University of Zimbabwe where he qualified in 2017 in B.Ed. Adult Education. He is working for the University of Zimbabwe as chief technician in animal house welfare. His roles and responsibilities are:

  • Manager (overall)
  • Technical expert ( Animal health and welfare)
  • Practical demonstrator for agricultural and veterinary students
  • Regular animal welfare inspections & farm visits
  • Extension advisor for outside clients

On returning home Taruvinga would like to establish an agricultural extension resource centre. It would offer technical backstopping advisory services to field level development workers and provide specific professional enhancement course for these field level extension workers.


Elias Phiri
Elias Phiri
Course: MSc Community Water and Sanitation
University: Cranfield University
Year of completion: 2013/2014

Elias is currently a Programme Officer responsible for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) with the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development in Harare. Since returning home Elias has shared his new found knowledge with other members of staff and his community.

Munyaradzi Chickerema
Munyaradzi Chickerema
Course: MSc Livestock Production Science
University: Writtle College
Year of completion: 2013/2014

Munyaradzi is employed as an Argicultural Consultant specialising in rural community development. His main responsibility is to train and exchange innovations for sustainable agriculture practices within the rural communities of Zimbabwe, Zambia and Namibia. The Masters Programme provided Munyaradzi with innovative ways to implement livestock production.

Ashley Mudungwe
Ashley Mudungwe
Course: MSc Environmental Informatics
University: Leicester University
Year of completion: 2010/2011

Ashley is employed as a Cheetah Education and Research Officer for The Markell Zimbabwe Trust. He works with NGOs sharing much needed sustainable development and geographical knowledge for ongoing conservation programmes.

Chamberlain Mupundu
Chamberlain Mupundu
Course: Msc in International Horticulture
University: Writtle College
Year of completion: 2008/2009

Chamberlain put into practice the market development experience and horticulture knowledge he acquired over his year of study. He plans to start a smallholder fresh produce out-grower scheme with a central pack house aiming to move from the domestic market into export.

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