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Dr Rob Kelly

After obtaining an honours degree from the University of KwaZulu Natal in 1967, Dr Kelly joined the National Herbarium and Botanic Gardens in Zimbabwe for a 2-year spell gaining experience in the systematics of a number of plant taxa occurring in Zimbabwe. During his time here he developed an interest in plant community ecology which led to the awarding of a scholarship to study plant ecology in the south-eastern lowveld of Zimbabwe. For this work he was awarded a PhD by London University in 1974. In 1975 he took up a research post at Nuanetsi Experiment Station in the south of Zimbabwe investigating ways of increasing the production of domestic and wild animal products by manipulating the vegetation whilst at the same time maintaining the stability of the ecosystem. This work came to a halt in 1978 due to the civil war. From then until 1981 he worked on veld and planted pasture improvement via the introduction of various legume species at Makoholi and Grassland Research Station’s.

In 1982 Dr Kelly took up a position with a private company involved in the production of pasture and crop seeds. After 5 years he started his own company, Agriseeds (Pvt) Ltd, which now contributes a significant proportion of various crop seeds grown in Zimbabwe as well as exporting into the Southern African region.

Dr Kelly has for many years had an interest in small-holder farmers and their viability. From the start these farmers have participated in seed production for the company and continue to do so, especially for crops such as sorghum, millet, groundnuts, cowpeas and sunnhemp. Such farmers have also played an important role in Zimbabwe’s economy and will continue to do so into the future. At Dr Kelly’s initiative Agriseeds is currently working with the NGO community in a project investigating ways in which small-holders can improve their lives through profitable farming and increase their contribution to the national economy.

His current responsibilities include Chairman of the Agriseeds (Pvt) Ltd and Member of Market Linkage Working Group committee.


Maxwell Chikanda

Maxwell Chikanda is an Agricultural Economist with Masters of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, 1996, and Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Zimbabwe, 1988. In addition he has attended a wide range of professional courses in the field of agriculture including but not limited to Human Resources Management and Development, Policy development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. He is proficient in the application of a wide range of computer software.

He has over 18 years of public service working experience. In 1989 he joined the Department of Economics and Markets of the Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanization and Irrigation Development and rose through the ranks to a Principal Agricultural Economist. In 1997 he moved to the Department of Agricultural Education as an Assistant to the Chief of Agricultural Education and later became Chief Agricultural Education Officer and Deputy Director when he left the Ministry in December 2007. In January 2008 he joined the Private Sector at Transload Enterprises as an Operations Manager. In August 2010 he joined the Agricultural Marketing Authority as an Executive Director for Production and Operations the post he currently holds.

A combination of academic qualifications, professional qualifications and hands on experience in various field of agriculture ranging from policy, education, farming and operations molded Maxwell into an achiever, excellent communicator, a team player and able leader at Organization, Sector and National level.

He has extensive exposure to agricultural sector’s Human Resource requirements, development and management challenges. Effective communication with both public and private sector organizations and leadership skills form parts of his key attributes. He is highly skilled and experienced in preparation and value addition of reports, professional papers and speeches for presentation at local and international fora.


Mr. Richard Mbaiwa

Mr. Richard Mbaiwa is the Chief Executive Officer of Zimbabwe Investment Authority, which is Zimbabwe’s Investment Promotion Agency, with the mandate to promote, facilitate and coordinate investment by both domestic and foreign investors in Zimbabwe.

He has over 22 years of service in the public, private and quasi-government sectors and has specialized in the area of trade and investment promotion. After receiving his BSc Hons (Economics) Degree from the University of Zimbabwe in 1985, Richard Mbaiwa joined the Zimbabwe Ministry of Industry and International Trade in 1986 as a Trade Policy Officer responsible for multilateral trade negotiations.

In 1992 Mr Mbaiwa joined the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) as an Economist. In 1994 he was part of the first group of people who established Zimbabwe’s first Investment Promotion Agency then known as Zimbabwe Investment Centre (ZIC), which later merged with the Zimbabwe Export Processing Zones Authority (ZEPZA) into Zimbabwe Investment Authority (ZIA). He was appointed as the first Chief Executive Officer of ZIA.

Mr Mbaiwa obtained a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Zimbabwe in 2002. In addition, he has a number of post graduate certificates in areas such as Quality Management, Marketing Management, Attracting Foreign Direct Investment and Export Financing for SMEs.

Mr. Mbaiwa is a member of the Board of Directors of the Cairo based COMESA Regional Investment Agency (RIA), whose responsibility is to promote and coordinate investment in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern African countries.


Mr. Prince Kuipa

DED Zimbabwe - 2009 – Member of the team of experts hired to do an assessment of the potential for producing and utilizing Renewable Energy Technologies at Small scale farming level in Zimbabwe.

Non State Actors Forum (NSAF) Zimbabwe – Member of the NSAF board of Governors 2009 – Present

Fair Deal In Cotton Contract Farming Project- Southern Africa Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU) – Project Manager 2009 -2010 (Formation of the ZFU National Cotton Growers Association)

National Sanitary and Phyto-sanitary (SPS) Coordination Committee member: 2009 - present

Agricultural Marketing Authority (AMA), Cotton Marketing Technical Committee (CMTC) member: 2009 – Present

Commodity Exchange in Zimbabwe (COMEZ) Interim Board member – 2010

- Present


Mr. Shadreck M. Tsimba

Shadreck graduated from the University of Rhodesia with a BSc-Agriculture Honors degree in 1975. After this, joined the Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Research and Specialist Services as Lecturer at Chibero College of Agriculture. In 1979 joined the then Department of Conservation and Extension (CONEX) as a Training Specialist.

At independence in 1981, was promoted to Chief Training and Extension Officer (CT & EO) of the newly formed department of Agritex. Qualified for Masters in Adult Education – Agricultural Extension degree at the University of Zimbabwe in 1982. As CT & EO was responsible for staff development. During stay in the positior, Agritex improved to become one of the best extension organisations in the SADC region, then. Widely travelled on extension study tours and related activities to Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Nigeria, Zambia, United Kingdom, USA, Canada, the Netherlands and Denmark.

In 1988 was the Director of Wanslydale Farmer Training Centre for ten years and was responsible for training small holder farmers. Trained well over 20 000 small holder farmers in various aspects of smallholder agriculture.

Became a member of the National Farmer Training Board, established by the Ministry of Agriculture, and then National Farmer Training Co-ordinator with a Danida/Ministry of Agriculture, Agriculture Information and Training Project.

In 2002 joined PricewatersHouseCoopers Rural Development Consultants and was sent to work as an expatriate Extension Advisor to the Government of Mozambique for 4 / years.

Currently, employed by the Zimbabwe Commercial Farmers Union as Head of Capacity Building and is responsible for all field operations.