Prof. Mandivamba Rukuni

Professor Mandivamba (Mandi) Rukuni

Professor Mandi Rukuni
Director of the BEAT Doctoral Academy
University of Science and Technology (NUST)

Author of "Being Afrikan"

Mandi is He is an experienced development policy analyst and strategist in a variety of sectors including business, finance, government, and education. A Zimbabwean national, Mandi is currently Director of the BEAT Doctoral Academy through which he is Professor Extraordinaire, University of Africa, Zambia, and adjunct Professor at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. His career started 36 years ago with the University of Zimbabwe and served as Professor and Dean of Agriculture. He subsequently worked with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for 11 years as Director for Africa Programs.

I believe that by the year 2030 Africa will have made a mark on the global food and agricultural product markets. Africa's has its own quite economic revolution happening right now where the fast pace of urbanisation is creating a unique form of indigenous commerce. Smallholders farmers are cashing in and a new class of Africa's rural middle class of people earning even $4 average a day, are experiencing rapid change in dietary patterns, consumption patens and rural lifestyles. For development strategists and policy makers this offers greater scope for supporting rural communities. With improved infrastructure, telecoms and therefore improved agrologistics,  the rural future will be more vibrant, and with greater efforts towards sustainable intensification of Africa's agriculture, Africa will be providing the world in the future with what the industrialized world will be missing everywhere else- fresh and healthy food products, a clean environment and ecosystem, and countryside worthy of global visitors."
Mandi Rukuni

In this role, he has served as a consultant to countless organizations, which include the World Bank, European Union, USAID, DFID, CIDA, Rockefeller Foundation, Winrock Foundation, and McKnight Foundations.  Further, Professor Rukuni served on several international boards: CIAT, IFPRI, Institute of Development Studies (Sussex), and several corporate and parastatal boards in Zimbabwe; Kingdom Bank; Triangle Ltd; Hunyani; Zimsun Hotels; Blue Ribbon Industries; Zimnat Life; Grain Marketing Board, the Agricultural and Rural Development Authority, and the Agricultural Research Council.

He has over the last 5 years devoted a significant amount of effort as strategic advisor to the Africa Union/NEPAD programs including Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), Land Policy Initiative (LPI) and the Rural Futures Program. He has received several honours and awards and has published 15 books and more than 100 articles.

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