Mugwagwa - Agriculture Manager - Harare, Mashonaland East, Zimbabwe

Mabasa Mugwagwa

Harare, Mashonaland East, Zimbabwe


Agriculture Manager


I am an excellent agricultural business strategic planner-farm planning and agricultural projects planning. Implemented dairy and beef livestock projects for over 10 years at ARDA. Have Certificate in Artificial Insemination (AI). Currently running a 200 beef herd (brahman and Tuli) in Mashonaland West.

Work History


Self-Employed Women's Association

Key Result Areas
i. Sewaz short and long term (strategic) plans development and implementation
ii. Sewaz membership mobilized for micro savings and micro lending schemes
iii. Managed business and entrepreneurship development training/capacity building of women groups
iv. Sewaz income generating micro projects identification
v. Sewaz programmes monitoring and evaluation
v. Resources (financial, human and material) mobilization
vii. Networking linkages with relevant development organizations established.

Key competencies /Skills

• Strategic thinking and planning
• Excellent oral and written communication skills (English)
• Results oriented
• An effective team work promoter and player; and • Implementation and coordination


May 2009 - July 2010

Agricultural Rural Development Authority (ARDA)

Key Results Areas
i. Arda Short, Medium and Long term strategic plans development
ii. Authority (ARDA) resources management - funds mobilization from Government, the Private Sector and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Arda management
iii. Strategic Plans implementation, coordination and monitoring
iv. New Business opportunities identification and development e.g. Joint Ventures/Partnerships/Alliances, Rehabilitate operate and Transfer (ROT), Build Operate and Transfer (BOT), Agro-Processing Ventures, Contract Agriculture.
v. Development of bankable business proposals (crops and livestock)

Key Competencies/Skills
• Effective oral and written communication:
• Excellent Team Building skills and talent.
• Highly self motivated
• Exposure to practical strategic planning, writing project/funding proposals, high level team management as well as implementation of farm/business plans.
• Possession and Application of Project Appraisal Techniques
• Working knowledge of information and communication technology (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint)


Key Result Areas

i. Managed strategic planning and implementation of dairy development activities (Value Chain management) in 28 smallholder dairy projects in 8 provinces.

Key competencies
• Multidisciplinary management and analytical skills
• Strategic planning and management
• Organizational transformation and Change Management
• Excellent communication and writing skills (English)
• Results oriented
• Team work promotion

DEPUTY DIRECTOR (Field Operations)

Dairy Development Programme

Key Result Areas
i. Managed dairy development programme field operations with field technicians (20)-extensionists and specialists (cattle breeders, economist, nutritionists, dairy processors and marketers)


Dairy Development Programme

Key competencies
• Ability to carry out market research
• Ability to draw up effective market plans and budgets
• Possession of public relations skills
• Results oriented
• Ability to build and sustain an effective team
• Effective team player in a professional sales team
• Clear understanding of the value chain concept and management
• Possession of customer care skills
• Sales promotion acumen
• Pricing strategies for niche markets
• Building and Sustaining brand loyalty
• Training and supporting Field Sales staff
• Established a fully fledged Marketing department (Staffing, M&E System etc)
• Met over 80% sales targets for perishables and over 95% for non perishables
• Launched a bi-monthly marketing magazine/newsletter
• Contributed articles to the bi-monthly National Agricultural magazine (The Farmer, 2002-2004)

Wagenigen University

August 1995 - December 1995

3. Visited South African Dairy Industry as part of a high -powered delegation of the dairy industry leadership with a view to understanding issues surrounding the deregulation of the industry in 1992.
4. Visited 8 USA Universities with a University of Zimbabwe (UZ) delegation drawn from the Departments of Economics, Agribusiness and Food & Family Sciences in 1996.
5. Attended a Milk Processing and Marketing Course at Oenkirk in the Netherlands for onward training of Smallholder farmers in an effort to enhance viability and profitability of smallholder dairy projects through value addition of milk in 1998



Key Result Area

i. Coordinated applied research, farmer mobilization, training, project implementation, monitoring and evaluation for small holder dairy development activities (milk production, processing and marketing).


Agricultural and Technical Extension (Agritex)

Key Result Areas
i. Planning, Implementation and monitoring of smallholder irrigation schemes that emphasized production of food crops for household consumption and income generation (livelihoods and food security).

Qualifications & Certifications

Strategic Business Management

Chinhoyi University of Technology

Rural Development Planning

University of Zimbabwe

Rural and Urban Development

University of Zimbabwe

Chibero College of Agriculture

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