Our Ambassadors

Access Agriculture ambassadors are volunteers who promote the work Access Agriculture is doing in their respective countries.

Bangladesh
Benin
Cameroon
Congo
Ghana
India
Ivory Coast
Liberia
Madagascar
Malawi
Mali
Nigeria
Rwanda
Tanzania
Uganda
Zimbabwe

Bangladesh

Honorary Ambassador for Asia
Shaikh Tanveer Hossain
holds a Ph.D. in agriculture from Ehime University, Japan and works at the Asian Productivity Organization (APO), an inter-governmental organisation based in Tokyo, Japan. In 2011, he received the Organic Farming Innovation Award from the International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements (IFOAM) and in 2015 he received the Hivos Social Innovation Award. He is former Vice-President of IFOAM–Asia and a current advisory group member of the Sustainable Organic Agriculture Action Network (SOAAN).
Harun-Ar-Rashid
received his MSc in Agronomy from the Bangladesh Agricultural University and his MSc in Crop Physiology from Reading University, UK. He has worked in agricultural R&D and extension for 35 years for government agencies, NGOs, national and international organizations and for the private sector. Harun-Ar-Rashid is the founding director of the Agricultural Advisory Society (AAS), a leading national agricultural NGO. Since 2005 Harun has disseminated and used farmer-to-farmer training videos across Bangladesh.

Benin

Bokossa Thiburce Siodine
holds a research master's degree in biostatistics. He has more than 5 years of experience in data collection and processing in agriculture and currently works in monitoring and evaluation of several projects in the agricultural field. His commitment as an Access Agriculture Ambassador is to encourage agribusiness start-ups as well as agricultural students to use the Access Agriculture video platform.
Maliki Agnoro
is a graduate of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences from the University of Abomey-Calavi. He is a young Beninese professional who has a decade of experience in supporting the rural world and the promotion of youth entrepreneurship. His aim is to promote effective agricultural training for farmers and rural businesses through the Access Agriculture platform.
Mahugnon Nehemiah Kotobiodjo
obtained a master's degree in agricultural sciences from the Faculty of Agronomy of the University of Parakou, Benin. Currently, he provides training to play a vital role in rural development. His aim is to transform the rural world in a sustainable way by disseminating Access Agriculture videos of innovative solutions.
José Herbert Ahodode
is an agricultural socio-economist, CEO of Crystal Agro Business, which is a consulting, training, communication and agricultural advisory company. Through activities and in association with professional agricultural organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other rural actors, he plans to promote the work of Access Agriculture in North Benin. This will also involve working in synergy with partners, development projects in the field with a view to promoting learning through videos. His company has an active presence on social networks and plans a website for 2020.
Romuald Ulrich Assogba
holds a Master of Arts degree in Rural Economics and Extension and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Agricultural Extension and Advice from the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences at the University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin. He is currently working in the area of promotion of organic and ecological farming. Passionate about agricultural advice, more specifically organic farming, he is also responsible for the Monitoring and Consulting Agency in Organic and Ecological Agriculture (ASCABE) and is a founding member of the Benin Association of Agricultural Extension and Consulting Professionals (ABPVCA). By agreeing to be an Access Agriculture ambassador, Romuald wishes to promote agricultural training videos on organic and ecological farming to producers and agricultural extension services both nationally and internationally.
Jean-Jacques Senou Osseni Zinsou
is a consultant expert in strategy and business transformation in Benin. He regularly sends out agricultural information to websites, newspapers, radio stations, TV stations. He also blogs on agricultural issues and writes for other social media channels. Together with a team, he is planning to create a web platform of targeted partners. He and his team-mates are negotiating to establish a local newspaper column to talk about agricultural advices. They are also planning to launch an agriculture advisory program on local radio and an agriculture TV program. As part of this, they are negotiating with BB24 TV channel for the dissemination of a program on targeted agricultural value chains. Jean-Jacques intends to target youth and women to inform them about Access Agriculture and Agtube video platforms through various communication channels and networks.
Nimatou Kourouta
is a biotechnology technician specialising in Agribusiness at the African University of Technology and Management (UATM) GASA in Cotonou, Benin. As an Access Agriculture ambassador, she plans to promote agriculture in Benin through the dissemination of Access Agriculture videos and innovations.

Cameroon

Awe Baina Modeste
is an agro-zootechnician engineer with a master’s in Integrated Rural Development and currently a PhD candidate in Integrated Rural Development. He is a business advisor in the Youth Agropastoral Entrepreneurship Promotion Program (PEA-Jeunes). At PEA-Jeunes program, he supports young start-ups in the creation and scaling up of their businesses in the agro-pastoral fields. The current pool of this program is five thousand young entrepreneurs and the workforce is still growing. He has acquired proven experiences in various structures working in rural development: agro-pastoral entrepreneurship, giving supports and advice to agro-pastoral farms and community activities. As an ambassador, he wants to promote the activities of Access Agriculture in his professional networks in the agriculture sector such as FASA Alumni.

Congo

Jean Baptiste Musabyimana Ntamugabumwe
holds a bachelor’s degree in communication of organizations at the University of CEPROMAD in the DRC. Since 2006, he is responsible for communication, information and education at the Federation of Organizations of Agricultural Producers of Congo, FOPACNK. In 2018, he was appointed as National Coordinator of the Association of Agricultural Journalists of Congo, AJAC. His mission is to popularise Access Agriculture videos and audios to farmers in DR Congo for better agricultural production.
Pholo Mvumbi Roger
studied in management from Technical School of Higher Education in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He also has a diploma in journalism and had several trainings in the field of agriculture and climate change. He has a range of experience as president at the NGO Association for Integrated Rural Development of Nganda Tsundi Aderigas, communications officer at the Mayumbe Cocama Cocoa Cooperative and he currently works as a national executive secretary at DRCONGO ASSA. He is confident to play a leading role in the dissemination of videos and reach the largest number of people in his country and sub-region of Central Africa both in the press and as a development actor.

Ghana

Abubakari Sadik Tamimu
is a graduate student at the University for Development Studies. He has been engaged in agricultural research and training on agricultural practices in the northern part of Ghana. He believes this has enhanced his communication and innovation skills in dealing with rural farmers. As an Access Agriculture Ambassador, he wants to equip farmers with adequate information and knowledge through the Access Agriculture platform for productive agricultural practices.

India

Aakanksha Tiwari
holds a master’s degree in Environmental Science (Environmental Technology) from the Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development, Banaras Hindu University, India. She worked as a research intern at National Institute of Agriculture Extension Management, Hyderabad, and currently works as a researcher with the Environment and Climate Action team at Citizen Consumer and Civic Action Group in Chennai. She is also a member of the committee of South Asian People’s Action on Climate Crisis (SAPACC) at Hyderabad. As an Access Agriculture Ambassador, Tiwari would like to engage the innovative farmers all over India to capture and share videos of their organic efforts to grow healthy food based on indigenous methods and their self-created tools and techniques.

Liberia

Jonathan S. Stewart
holds a BSc in agriculture and has over 10 years of experience in youth development and agriculture. Currently, Jonathan is the Executive Director for Agro Tech Liberia – a youth-based non-governmental organisation where he seeks to attract youth to agriculture and agribusiness in order to reduce youth unemployment and poverty. He volunteers with several youth initiatives as mentor in peace-building, agripreneurship and educational activities. Jonathan is committed to championing youth leadership in transforming Africa through agripreneurship and entrepreneurship for “zero hunger” and economic development. Jonathan is a “green activist,” who promotes and campaigns for green environment by creating awareness on plastic waste management and climate-smart practices in Liberia.

Madagascar

Sitrakilaina Fifalianaharintsoa
holds a master's degree in food science and nutrition at the University of Antananarivo, Madagascar. He did practical research on the design of food products for the fight against malnutrition with the NGO Esperanza Joy of Children and the University of Antananarivo. As an Access Agriculture Ambassador, his aim is to share good agricultural practices and experiences in food processing with farmers, especially rural farmers through videos to give them innovative ideas.

Malawi

Patrick Khonga
holds a diploma in business management from Continuing Education Centre – Polytechnic. He has worked with an Italian non-governmental organization – CISP as finance manager for eight years. He is the founder and managing director of Chakho Farms Since 2014; specialized in horticulture, poultry, cattle and goat farming which is located in the capital city – Lilongwe, Malawi. He believes sharing agriculture practical experience through farmer to farmer videos is vital, to enhance incoming generating activities in agribusiness.
Moses Kaufa
is a media professional with a bachelor of science degree in mass communication. He has over ten years of experience in audio-visual production, publishing, community and rural development projects management, message development and translations, community mobilization and civic education, community and institutional capacity strengthening, advocacy and social media communication. Currently he is involved in farmer-to-farmer video production, supporting rural development innovations and promoting the dissemination of farmer-to-farmer videos in Malawi. And he is very hopeful to play his role as an Access Agriculture Ambassador.
Patrick Ken Kalonde
obtained a bachelor’s degree in natural resources management (land and water) from Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR). He co-founded Youth for Environmental Development- working on the issue of marine litter. He is also a co-founder of Bunda Society of Innovators, a university club that act as a platform for nurturing innovations developed by students. He has strong passion to promote sustainable land management, permaculture and sheep farming for which he is proud to be an Access Agriculture Ambassador.
Julius Mwande
holds a bachelor's degree in agriculture from Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR). He has worked as an agriculture communications officer in Balaka District. Julius has been the founder and managing director of ICT Pro Since 2017 specialising in ICT and electronic devices and appliances in Lilongwe. He believes media and ICT are powerful tools for disseminating messages to enhance the adoption of good agricultural practices and agribusiness in Malawi. Julius aims to promote agroecological knowledge through Access Agriculture videos and other materials.

Mali

Sidi Yehia Tounkara
obtained an engineering degree in animal science and also a master’s degree in agricultural extension and rural development from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. He has extensive field work experience in livestock agriculture, including interacting with agro pastoralists. He has previously worked at the Pan Africa Tsetse and Trypanosomosis Eradication Campaign and at the rNational Centre of Agronomics Research of Sotuba. Currently he acts as Technologies Transfer Officer in the TAAT project, Mali. He is confident to use his skills and knowledge as an Access Agriculture Ambassador.

Nigeria

Emmanuel Akinwale
is a fisheries graduate and the founding Operations Director of Aquapro Agro Industry and Alphamate Marketing Communications in Ibadan city Nigeria. He has worked for several large fish farms and companies. He is a graduate of the Entrepreneur Development Centre, South West Center, Ibadan, and the Lagos Business School and an MSc student in Sustainable Aquaculture at the University of St Andrews, UK. Emmanuel belongs to several trade groups and professional associations including the Fisheries Society of Nigeria, British Association of Project Management Professionals and the Nigerian Association of Small and Medium Enterprises. He is an appointed training facilitator in aquaculture with FILAMAT Institute of Training and a trainer with the Federal Ministry of Niger-Delta on Agriculture skills and empowerment. He voluntarily trains farmers at Vicabels farmers, Olodo Agric Trans Cooperative Society and the Nigeria Joint Farmers Association, responsible for coaching 3000 farmers in value chain developments and poverty alleviation through sustainable agro-marketing and international market access. Emmanuel is a certified licensed Farm Assurer/GAP consultant with GlobalGAP / FoodPLUS. Currently he is consulting for Agroparks Development Company on aquaculture and farm assurance. He has won several awards including Commonwealth Scholar 2019, Dutch Government sponsored Orange Knowledge Scholar 2019, UK Government sponsored Connect Africa Business 2017 and FGN/WorldBank/Youwin 2010.

Rwanda

Francois Regis Hakizimana
has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural sciences from University of Rwanda. Currently he is working with Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) for 3 years as agriculture extension officer, focusing on maize and soybean crops. Prior to that he did an internship on sustainable agriculture at Israel/agro studies for one year and participated in fruit and vegetable growing activities. With his more than five years of experience with national and international organisations, Hakizimana is determined to promote effective agricultural training videos for the benefit of farmers and rural businesses as an Access Agriculture ambassador.

Tanzania

Nyamhanga Chacha
holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics and agribusiness from Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania. Previously he has done an internship at the Private Agricultural Sector Support Trust (PASS) on helping farmers to access market information and financial support from banks. He has also taken part in workshops conducted by Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT) and carried out special projects on organic vegetables & spices. Chacha has a keen interest in organic farming & rural development, and is hopeful to be an excellent Access Agriculture Ambassador.

Uganda

Grace Musimami
holds a Bachelor of Environmental Management from Makerere University and a diploma in Journalism. Grace is editor of Farmers Media Newspaper - Uganda’s only agricultural newspaper and is a representative on various Boards including Uganda National Farmers Federation (UNFFE) and Uganda Forum for Agriculture Advisory Services (UFAAS). He is also President of the Agricultural Journalists Association of Uganda (AJAU) and Secretary General for the Network for Agricultural Journalists in Eastern and Southern Africa. Grace’s interest lies in enhancing farmers voices for better livelihoods through good, innovative practices to improve farmers’ incomes.
Honorary Ambassador for Uganda
Sharon Againe
holds a four year Bachelor's degree in Agricultural Sciences from Earth University, Costa Rica. She has a certificate in Fundamentals of Project Management and Planning for monitoring and Evaluation obtained from Philanthropy University, USA. After her internship at Allegro Coffee Company in the US, she returned to Uganda in 2010 and started up an agribusiness called Agasha Group, which uses information platforms to connect farmers and agribusinesses to their markets, suppliers, partners and service providers. Her firm published the first Agribusiness directories in EastAfrica. Sharon was a member of the Advisory Committee Fund for Rural Prosperity and for Youth Agribusiness Network Africa. She was among the five winners for BiDNetwork Women in Business Competition for Africa, Asia and Latin America 2010. Sharon will promote Access Agriculture training videos through her network on social media; in some of the related projects implemented by her firm; and during the locally organised farmer-to-farm visits.

Zimbabwe

Joseph Musara
is a researcher and academic with more than thirteen years of agri-economics experience and a Google Scholar with an h-index of 5. He has developed and scaled-up smallholder sorghum value chains in arid parts of Zimbabwe and Zambia for the economic benefits of households and has understanding and application of a number of methodologies in econometric modeling, rural agricultural marketing, innovation adoption and food security. He believes his skills and competencies can create a positive change as an Access Agriculture ambassador.

Ambassador of the month –
September 2020

These three ambassadors stand out this month with their various and interesting engagements with their networks to give more visibility to what Access Agriculture does.

1st

Maliki Agnoro
Benin


2nd

Sharon Againe
Uganda


3rd

Aakanksha Tiwari
India

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