Dr Lindiwe Majele Sibanda is the Vice President for Policy and Partnerships at the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). AGRA’s vision is to catalyze and sustain inclusive agriculture transformation in Africa by increasing incomes and improving food security for 30 million smallholder farmer households. Her role includes facilitating strategic partnerships for business growth, mobilizing public and private sector for an enabling business environment, and structuring affordable and accessible financial products for SMEs and smallholder farmers across 11 countries in Africa.
Dr Sibanda has over 25 years of multi-disciplinary experience in agriculture and rural development, public and private sector reforms and management. This experience includes supporting government ministries of agriculture to streamline their activities and create a conducive environment for the private sector; and, establishing and strengthening state and non-state actor evidence-based policy advocacy platforms.
Globally, Lindiwe is a recognized leader in agriculture, climate change and nutrition. She is a serving member of, World Economic Forum Council on the future of Food Security and Agriculture; the Australia ACIAR Policy Advisory Council, the SDG Target by 2030 Champions 12.3, the EAT-Lancet Commission on Sustainable Healthy Food Systems, the United Nations (UN) Committee for Policy Development (CDP); and the African Union Commission (AUC) Leadership Council. She has received numerous awards for her contribution towards agriculture and food security, including the Yara Prize in 2013. She holds a Masters and PhD in Agriculture from the University of Reading, UK. Prior to joining AGRA, Lindiwe was the CEO of the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), active in food and nutrition security across 17 countries.