Lindiwe Majele Sibanda


Lindiwe Majele Sibanda
CEO and Head of Mission
Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)

Lindiwe Majele Sibanda has held the position of CEO of the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) since 2004. Under her leadership, FANRPAN was transformed from a small sub-regional network to a global player in the food security agenda, giving voice to Africa’s position on the Green Revolution, Climate Change and the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).

Since 2008, Dr. Sibanda has been involved in the UN Climate Change Conferences (COPs) advocating for a Post Kyoto Climate Change that takes into account the impact of climate change on agriculture under the global campaign “No Agriculture No Deal.” In August 2010, Lindiwe was co-opted into the Global Development Advisory Panel, which comprises some of the world's most influential thinkers and preeminent development experts.

She serves as a trustee for three CGIARs and as adviser to numerous international food security-related initiatives. She has been involved with the Farming First global campaign, advocating for a holistic approach to sustainable agricultural development since 2008.

Dr. Sibanda has presented guest lectures on agriculture and socio-economic policies and co-convened a module on Climate Smart Agriculture for the Winter School students at the University of Cape Town. She is a regular guest lecturer at the Universities of Stellenbosch and Pretoria. From 1992-1994, Dr. Sibanda was a full time Lecturer in the Department of Animal Physiology in the faculty of Veterinary Sciences at the University of Zimbabwe. She has published multiple articles and chapters of books on agriculture, food security, livelihoods, resilience, climate change, policy processes and animal production; and on average delivers more than ten keynote addresses at global high-level food and nutrition security conferences