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FCP Team

Dr. David Amudavi (PhD)

Dr. Amudavi is the Director of the Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT) and Coordinator of the Biovision Farmer Communication Programme (FCP).

Dr. Amudavi has a wide range of experience within the agricultural sector. Prior to joining BvAT he was a senior lecturer at the Egerton University in the Department of Agricultural Education and Extension. He has supervised many graduate students and published widely in international journals, contributed to book chapters, and presented several research papers at national and international conferences. He has also been involved in several international consultancies relating to livelihood improvement, technology transfer among smallholder farmers and strengthening of agricultural extension systems in Sub-Saharan Africa for various international organizations.

David holds a Ph.D. in Adult and Extension Education with minors in Developmental Sociology and Natural Resource Management (NRM) from Cornell University in the USA; M.Sc. in Agricultural Science from The University of Melbourne University, Australia, and a B.Sc., in Agricultural Education and Extension from Egerton University, Kenya. Dr Amudavi was a postdoctoral fellow with ICIPE’s Push-pull project: ‘Creating smallholder led growth through ‘push-pull’ technologies in Eastern Africa.’

Dr Amudavi is responsible for ensuring smooth operations at the Biovision Africa Trust and coordinating activities of the Farmer Communication Programme. Specific duties include supporting staff capacity development; links FCP with partners; and supports resource mobilization and advocacy for promotion of ecologically sustainable agriculture.  

David can be reached on; damudavi@biovisionafricatrust.orgdamudavi@biovisionafrica.org

 

Robertson Julius Nyikuli

Robertson is the Senior Accountant at the Biovision Africa Trust.

Mr Nyikuli holds a B.Com in Finance from Kenya College of Accountancy University and he is also a member of Institute of Certified Public Accountant of Kenya (ICPAK) and Institute of Credit Managers Kenya ICM (K).He is Currently Pursuing his Masters in Business Administration (MBA-Finance) at United States International University

Robertson has more than 10 years of diverse experience in financial accounting, Project and Grant Accounting, Fundraising and donor reporting. He has solid background in auditing, taxation, budget preparation and system implementation. Prior to joining BvAT, Robert worked for Cimbria Group of Companies, Aga Khan University and ICIPE.

At BvAT, Robert is involved in ensuring the financial controllership and integrity of all the Biovision Africa Trust’s programmes. He is also charged with providing consolidated financial plans,Budgets and reports for the projects. 

Robertson can be contacted on:  rnyikuli@biovisionafrica.org

 

Lucy Wandia Macharia

Lucy Wandia Macharia is Administration Assistant at the Biovision Africa Trust.

She holds a Bachelor degree in General Management and a diploma in Purchasing and Supplies Management.

Prior to Joining Biovision Africa Trust, Lucy worked for the Norwegian Church Aid in South Sudan and the International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE). She has a working experience of over 5 years.

Lucy’s responsibilities at BvAt include; packaging and distribution of TOF and Mkulima Mbunifu magazines and assisting in administrative functions for the BvAt programmes (EOA and FCP)

Lucy Macharia can be reached on: lmacharia@biovisionafrica.org

 

Hudson Wereh

Hudson Wereh Shiraku is a Programme Assistant at the Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT) for the Farmer Communication Programme (FCP) and the Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) Initiative.

Hudson is an Environmentalist, Rural Development and ICT for Development professional with over five years experience. Hudson is sustainable agriculture advocate and he has been involved in developing training content on sustainable farming innovations. He has been involved in proposal writing, project implementation, M&E for sustainable development project within the Results Based Management (RBM) paradigm. Hudson also has expertise in video production, data analysis, GIS and Geographical Indications. He has worked with the African Union, Lifetime Consulting and ICIPE. Hudson Wereh is also a blogger, researcher, science and creative writer.

Hudson Wereh holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science Degree and he’s pursuing a masters in the same area. He holds a diploma in Project Management and short courses in ICT4Dev, GIS, Video editing, proposal writing and M&E. He is also a beneficiary of a Master’s of Science in Integrated Drylands Management under the auspices of the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH)

Hudson is engaged by both the FCP and EOA programmes. His responsibilities include managing two websites of the programmes – generating content in different formats (video, text and pictures) and uploading on the websites, supporting outreach activities, data management, raising awareness of programme activities and resource mobilization.

Hudson can be reached on; hshiraku@biovisionafrica.org

 

Peter Kamau

Kamau is the TOF Magazine Editor.

He is a seasoned Journalist with over 25 years of experience.

Peter Kamau has experience working with different  organizations in the areas of journalism and rural development. Some of the organizations he worked with prior to joining BvAT include; the Nation Media Group, African Union- Inter-Africa Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), USAID, SNV-Netherlands and the World Bank.

At the Biovision Africa Trust Peter Kamau is charged with conducting research and identifying relevant content and writing articles for the magazine. He is also involved in editing all the externally sourced articles, layout and proofreading of all articles for the production of The Organic Farmer magazine in consultation with the Chief Editor. He is also charged with maintaining a network of partners for the project.

Peter Kamau can be reached on; pnjuguna@biovisionafrica.org

 

John Kibor Cheburet

John Cheburet is The Organic Farmer (TOF) Radio Manager at the BvAT’s Farmer Communication Programme.

Mr Cheburet holds a B.A degree in Media Journalism and Creative Writing from Moi University and he has also undertaken short courses in Information Communication Technology (ICT).  

John Cheburet is a seasoned journalist with over eight years professional experience as a broadcast journalist, specializing in development media and radio production. Mr Cheburet is also an ICT-for-Development enthusiast – having worked on applications and websites.

As the TOF Radio manager, John’s responsibilities include; Leading the planning of TOF-Radio project, overseeing and facilitating production of high quality radio programmes, creating synergies with other Biovision FCP communicational channels, strengthening the TOF’s Social media presence and the documentation and reporting on radio project activities.

John Cheburet can be reached on; jcheburet@biovisionafrica.org 

Tel Office: +254 (20) 863 2189

 

Musdalafa Okello Lyaga

Lyaga is a Project Assistant at the Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT) for the FCP’s TOF Radio.

He is an award winning Journalist who holds a B.A degree in Media Journalism and Creative Writing from Namasagali University in Uganda.

Prior to joining BvAT, Musdalafa worked with various FM Radio Stations in Kenya and Uganda such as Kenya Broadcasting Corporation tion Media, Mbale 90.1 FM Station and Waumini FM. Musdalafa has also been involved in documentary and features video production for charity; While working as a volunteer for Angaza Child Trust, he helped Youths from disadvantaged backgrounds to produce an awareness feature movie titled ‘Lust For Living’, Health, Nutrition and Educational themed features and documentaries.

Given his vast experience, Musdalafa is charged with developing content through research with farmers for both Radio and Video documentaries. Specific tasks include script writing, voicing , video recording and editing.

Musdalafa can be reached on; omusdalafa@biovisionafrica.org

 

Venancia Ndoo Wambua

Venancia Ndoo Wambua is the Project Manager for BvAT’s Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative currently being implemented in Eastern Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia) and West Africa (Mali, Benin, Senegal and Nigeria).

Venancia is an ecologist who holds a Master of Science in Range Management (Ecology option) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Range Management from the University of Nairobi, College of Agriculture and Veterinary studies. She has over 8 years experience in sustainable development in areas of agriculture, environment, livelihoods, policy and advocacy sectors both nationally and internationally. She has knowledge of small scale farming systems and rural communities in Africa having worked in South, East and West Africa developing countries such as Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Mali, Nigeria, Benin and Senegal

She has professional knowledge and qualifications in project and finance management, grants management, website management, facilitation skills, organizational capacity assessment and development, policy and advocacy skills and proposal development and  fundraising skills.

At the Biovision Africa Trust, Venancia is in charge of the implementation of the Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) Initiative whose mission is to promote ecologically organic agriculture strategies and practices among diverse stakeholders in production, processing, marketing and policy making in eight African countries (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Benin, Mali, Senegal and Nigeria). Refer to EOA website for more details on the Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative at http://www.eoa-africa.org/

Venancia can be reached on the following contacts; icipe-African Insect Science for Food and Health. P.O. Box 30772, 00100, Duduville Kasarani, Off Thika Road, Nairobi/Kenya. Tel Office: +254 (20) 863 2007/8;   Mobile:  +254 719 052 192 vwambua@biovisionafrica.org

 

 

Pauline Mundia

Pauline Mundia is the Project Manager for the BvAT’s Farmer Communication Outreach

She holds a Master of Science in Horticulture degree from Jomo Kenyatta University, a Bachelor degree in Horticulture from Egerton University and a Diploma in Community Based Development from Premese Africa. She is a certified Monitoring and Evaluation professional from Kenya Institute of Management.

Pauline has over 15 years’ experience in the agricultural sector from both the public and private sectors. She has worked as a Programme Assistant at African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) where she provided logistical and technical support to the Technical Operations Department.  She has also served as an extension officer with the Ministry of Agriculture, Kenya in various capacities, the last position being District Crops Development Officer where her  job involved co-ordination of crop development programmes and projects in the district, as well as monitoring and evaluation of all agricultural programmes in the district.

Her main duties include to manage and co-ordinate all the activities of the Farmer Resource Centres of Biovision Farmer Communication Programme and the EOA Initiative aimed at supporting exchange of information, networking of groups, the provision of skills and training.

And to enhance further collaboration with other Biovision-sponsored projects in the 4-H (human, animal, plant and environmental health) and other like-minded partners to promote dissemination of sustainable agriculture practices and technologies.

Pauline can be contacted onpmundia@biovisionafrica.org

Njeri Kinuthia

Njeri Kinuthia is the Outreach Officer for the Biovision Outreach Project.

Mrs Kinuthis holds a Certificate and Diploma in Agriculture, and community development and  a BSC in organic agriculture. She also hold a certificate in guidance and counselling and TOT..

She has a wide experience in Agricultural extension accrued from working with different communities in East Africa. As an agricultural extension officer, she has trained small scale farmers on sustainable farming practices. Before joining Biovision, she worked with the Ministry of Agriculture and farmer organizations in Kenya.

Most of her work involve  training small scale farmers on good practices in agriculture as well as sourcing out for like mind partners to work with the program. She is also involved in ensuring effective and timely submission of monthly field reports from the field staff.

Njeri Kinuthia can be reached on; nkinuthia@biovisionafrica.org

Belinda Akinyi

Belinda Akinyi Weya is the Infonet-Biovision Regional Manager at the BvAT’s Farmer Communication Programme.

She has over ten years experience in Agriculture having worked in both the public and private sector. Prior to joining BvAT she worked as a Research Technician at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) and served as an extension officer with the Ministry of Agriculture Kenya – first as a Divisional Agriculture Extension Officer and later as a District Crops Development Officer. 

Belinda holds a Bsc Degree in Agriculture from the University of Nairobi and has undertaken short courses in Good Agricultural Practices, Research Data Management, Science Writing Skills, Mentorship and Leadership Skills. She recently completed a two year fellowship program with the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD).

At  BvAT, Belinda is responsible for ensuring relevance and completeness of the www.infonet-biovision.org in complementing efforts of the other FCP channels. Hers is also to make the platform relevant and responsive to the users’ needs.

Belinda can be reached on; bweya@biovisionafrica.org