Evaluation Team Member
Paul Thangata has extensive experience in project management and implementation, evaluations, policy analysis, institutional development, designing strategic and operational plans for agricultural institutions. From 2008 to 2012, Paul was a Research Fellow with IFPRI based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where he conducted policy and capacity development research on organizational efficiency and effectiveness of agricultural R&D institutions. Before this he was the Agricultural Economist (based in Botswana) for the SADC Secretariat’s SADC MAPP program and the creation of the Centre for Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CARDESA, now CCARDESA). Paul previously worked at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), based in Zimbabwe, where he coordinated the economics of Gender and HIV/AIDS and scaling up strategies for SADC regional projects. While with ICRISAT in Malawi (1992–‐1995), Paul was instrumental in the scaling up of new groundnut varieties and the promotion of income generating activities to reduce malnutrition, especially in female-‐headed households and other vulnerable groups. From 1988–‐1992, Paul worked with Malawi’s Department of Agricultural Research, where he conducted research in genetic and agronomic evaluation of rice, sorghum and millet. Paul is a Malawi national and holds a Ph.D from the University of Florida, Gainesville, USA, and an M.S. degree in Rural Development from Edinburgh University, Scotland.