Masimula - Conservation Agriculture - Mbabane, Hhohho, Swaziland

Ndumiso Masimula

Mbabane, Hhohho, Swaziland


Conservation Agriculture

  • Full time
  • Part time
  • One time
  • Contract
  • Temp


Conservation Agriculture is a farming approach based on a set of principles, namely minimum tillage, crop rotation/association and maintenance of permanent soil cover which form part of climate smart agriculture

Work History

CA & Crops Development Task Teams

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations as Crop

production officer where Im responsible for the training of field officers for government and Non- Governmental Organization (NGO) on Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) through workshops and establishment of crop demonstrations under the Swaziland Agricultural Development Program. In this program I develop training material including crop factsheets and manuals on Conservation Agriculture, Agroforestry, Crop Husbandry Practices, Roots and tubers and Community based seed production. I support the Ministry of Agriculture on farming inputs distribution for establishing crop demonstrations by farmers. I supervise the GAP demonstrations by providing constant monitoring and data collection. I participate in regional, RDA meetings to review and recommend the GAP implementation modalities. I also participate in the CA & Crops Development Task Teams and ensuring their recommendations are implemented in the field. Promotion of household fodder conservation among participating farmers and develop factsheets to guide farmers of planting and management techniques of the species.

Food and Agriculture Organization

I joined the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations as a Conservation Agriculture. My main task was to conduct training of government and NGOs Extension Officers, traditional Chiefs and their Inner Council, Farmer Organizations in Swaziland and Politicians on the principles of Conservation Agriculture (CA). I was also responsible for the planning and implementation of CA through establishment of field demonstrations used as farmer learning sites and advising the Procurement Unit on appropriate CA equipment to be procured. I also supervised the distribution of farming inputs and CA equipment in all the four regions of Swaziland. I led the organization of CA field days, including the data collection activities and support the on-the-job training of farmers, extension workers, school children and other vulnerable groups including support groups.
I assisted with the organization of the activities with the farmers' communities and in the learning-by-doing process of CA within their communities. I also supported in the identification of local communities and government counterparts to organize and set up demonstration fields using lead farmer and Farmer Field School learning strategies in Swaziland.
I also supported the establishment and drawing of terms of reference for the CA Task Force of Swaziland where I also developed CA training material. I also facilitated the formation of CA regional committees to coordinate CA at regional level.

Assistant Food Security Coordinator

Food Security

My main task was conducting training of farmers and Extension Officers on CA and Sustainable Agriculture. I also advised on suitable CA equipment to be procured for rural community farmers. I also assisted the Food Security coordinator selecting beneficial farmers to establish Test and Validation Units /demonstration plots. I was also responsible for establishing collaboration with communities in South Africa and Mozambique who were part of the CA approach of farming. I also participated in the development of CA manual for the Africa Region used by Extension officers. I also supported the training of Orphans and vulnerable children in 3 Sebenta Schools in Shewula community on sustainable agriculture approaches to food production where I trained the teachers and the children. I develop guidelines on the preparation of low inputs agriculture

Reason for leaving: resignation

Project Coordinator

2003 - 2005
Within the period I worked for a joint venture CA project between COSPE and FAO which was aiming at creating awareness on conservation agriculture in Swaziland. In this project I worked as Project Coordinator where I was responsible for the establishment of plot for testing the new concept of CA with close supervision by FAO Experts on CA. My major task included planning, monitoring and evaluating the field activities with a lot of coordination aspect. I also prepared quarterly reports on progress attained at field level and mobilized farmers as well as selection the Test and Validation Units (TVUs). I also collaborated with communities in Goba in Mozambique and Maputaland in South Africa in the frame of Transfrontier Cooperation. I represented the project in international forums where I presented the Swaziland experience on CA in countries like Kenya, Italy, South Africa and Mozambique. I also supported in the management of the Shewula Mountain Camp through the supply of local produced food ingredients for the food for tourists.
Reason for Leaving: end of Project

Natural resources and Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator

Shewula Trust

I was mainly dealing with establishment of the Shewula Nature Reserve through conducting awareness meeting Community Based Natural Resources Management. I also sensitized the local schools on the importance of Natural Resources management with support from part time consultant. I was during this period when I founded the reviving of indigenous crop program by the farmers from Shewula through exchanging local crops among themselves without money involved. I also participated in conducting vegetation and wildlife survey in the Shewula Nature Reserve in preparation for the drafting of the management plan of the nature Reserve.

Reason for leaving: seconded by Shewula Trust to Coordinate CA Project full time

Field Officer

Simunye Sugar Corporation

where I was responsible for sugar field management including chemical weed control, cane seed preparation, fertilizers application and planting and irrigation using sprinkler, furrow and drip systems.
Reason for leaving: end of contract

Qualifications & Certifications


University of W

Shewula Secondary



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