Dr Maria Wanzala: AFAP Regional Director, East and Southern Africa
IFDC Senior Scientist-Economics
Seconded to African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP)
Dr. Maria Wanzala-Mlobela is an agricultural economist with over 10 years’ experience working on African agricultural policy and market development issues. Her area of specialization is analyzing the functioning of fertilizer markets, the constraints affecting their performance, and formulation of policies and programs to address these constraints and improve market performance
Dr. Wanzala-Mlobela is currently Senior Scientist-Economics, IFDC East and Southern Africa Division. Her areas of expertise are: analysis of agricultural input markets; fertilizer policy research and analysis; proposal writing; program development; training; technical backstopping of projects; monitoring and evaluation. She has been heavily involved in the preparation of action plans for promoting the development of agricultural input markets in Africa which entailed country level assessments. Her country experiences include Malawi, Tanzania, Madagascar, Angola, Kenya, and Zambia. She has also conducted research work in Mexico.
Between 2005 and 2013, Dr Wanzala was seconded to the Program Implementation and Coordination Directorate at the African Union’s NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA). She was under the Agriculture and Food Security thematic area and her main responsibilities were: providing technical expertise to support the mainstreaming of fertilizer into the CAADP implementation process; knowledge generation and dissemination of fertilizer policy and marketing issues; facilitation and coordination of partnerships with development partners; monitoring, evaluation and reporting; and provision of technical expertise for knowledge generation to Office of the CEO.
Dr. Wanzala is currently seconded to the Africa Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) based in South Africa. She is the Senior Policy Economist and her responsibilities are: development and implementation of the East and Southern Africa Fertilizer Stakeholder’s Forum; proposal development; program design; policy research and analysis; technical backstopping, and training.