Emanual (Emil) van Wyk
Emil Van Wyk is the Country Director of AgriSmart Zambia. He is also the Director of the Regional Centre for Horticultural Innovation for Southern Africa in collaboration with Rutgers University, New Jersey and serves as member of the International Advisory Board for Horticulture as the Africa representative.
His main field of expertise is in agriculture business, new crop ventures, irrigation and water management, market facilitation and community development. As a former successful South African farmer that produced fruits, vegetables, herbs and medicinal plants he has developed new crop production and specialty fresh market vegetable crops and herbs in South Africa and over the last 15 years he has worked and consulted in the agricultural sector in China, Ethiopia, the Philippines and Peru. Van Wyk also specializes in the analysis of value chains of horticultural crops, feasibility studies for new enterprises and operations.
“My ongoing motivation in this position is to see first-hand that through the implementation of our projects we are making a daily positive impact on the lives of people we assist.”
“Emil Van Wyk has a wealth of experience in managing agricultural projects in multiple locations around the world over the past 20 years including South Africa, China, Philipines, Ethiopia and Zambia.
He brings a unique skill set to his projects with his commercial agricultural acumen and his ability to galvanise, motivate and guide impoverished rural communities to successful sustainable projects.
Emil’s first project in Zambia to empower 5000 outgrower small farmers in multiple locations has exceeded all expectations and was concluded over a three year period.
His hard work and people skills have created a strong team and an extensive network within Zambia which offers a platform for the implementation of commercial and community based agricultural projects on a much wider scale.
Emil understands what it takes to create new agricultural projects in rural Africa. He is a person who always finishes what he starts and can be relied upon as a trustworthy dependable development partner for Zambia.”
Programmes manager, Lusaka Region
Kenneth has a Diploma in Horticulture from the National Resource Development College (NRDC) in conjunction with the University of Zambia. He works mostly on projects in the field.
“My position with AgriSmart Zambia has been a good learning experience for me as it allows me to do a range of activities within the agricultural sector. Working with small farmers is my main passion.”
Programmes Manager, Southern Region
Muunga has a Certificate in General Agriculture from the Twin Fountain Agricultural Training Institute in Kalomo, a Diploma in Crop Sciences from the Zambian Open University and a Diploma in Social Work form the Zambian Open University. He is responsible for programme implementation in the Southern Region.
“The vision behind the organisation is to help vulnerable communities in Zambia’s rural areas. I work with villagers every day and see how people in rural areas have to cope with many hardships as well as how we are making a difference to their lives with our efforts. I wish that we could do more.”
Programmes Manager, Eastern Region
Lupiya has completed two short courses in China. The first one was a six week course in Ecological Agricultural practices presented in the Hubei Province in 2010 and the second one was a six week course in Rainwater Harvesting and utilisation presented in the Guangzhou Province in 2011. He is responsible for programme implementation in the Eastern Region.
“I love my job and my colleagues as well as what we do every day. Our country director is an inspiration and through his humble and practical approach, positive reinforcement and motivation efforts we see our farmers grow and smile.”
Programmes Manager, Northern Region
Goodson studied Agricultural Science at High School and has a number of years of experience in the field.
“Helping rural people overcome some of their biggest challenges on a daily basis makes me love my job.”
Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Mwangala has a Diploma in Social Work and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) from the University of Zambia and is currently completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management at Zambian Open University.
“I have always has a passion for helping people and working for AgriSmart Zambia, I see that things are improving and developing on the ground level in my country. AgriSmart Zambia has really helped me to develop my career and I plan to continue working with the organisation.”
Christabel has a certificate in Accountancy from the Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants (ZICA). She is currently completing an Accounting Diploma through the British ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants). She has also completed the Grant Management inside an NGO training presented by USAID (United States Agency for International Development). She is responsible for all AgriSmart Zambia’s office financial administration.
“I enjoy working for AgriSmart as it has given me the opportunity to grow my skills and develop my career.”
Tomaida is the AgriSmart Zambia office assistant.
“I enjoy working for AgriSmart Zambia because I like the people I work with and what we do to help other people.”
Office assistant and agricultural assistant