Carlos Malita

Mozambique Project Manager International Institute of Tropical Agriculture

Experienced agronomist and agribusiness professional, program (project[1] & portfolio) manager, with speciality skills in market systems development practices (trained MSD/M4P[2]), agriculture value chains[3]; agribusiness and extension services development. Experienced in working with the public, private sectors and non-governmental organizations (possesses very good network of contacts in both sectors). With more than 10 years of working experience in the design, management and implementation of business development, market systems, research and development initiatives aimed at improving market functions and relationships, making partnerships work more effectively (Making Partnerships Work[4]) in creating sustainable local development and changes (local economic development[5]). Interested and passionate for agriculture, inputs distributions systems, resilience, climate-change, extension services, rural development and technology dissemination. More than 12-year work experience in facilitating the establishment and operation of small businesses, rural cooperatives and farmers associations, creating markets opportunities, linkages and relationships between formal and informal sector actors, to increase availability, access and use of improved technologies for increased productivity, production, employment, food security, income generation, resilience and livelihoods in Mozambique. During  the last 6 years lead a consortium of four Agriculture Research Institutions, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture - IITA, Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical – CIAT and International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics – ICRISAT together with Intituto de Investigação Agrária de Moçambique - IIAM, led the implementation of an activity that aimed at increasing adoption of improved technologies, income, and food security households in northern Mozambique. The activity improved the national seed system by increasing production and supply of foundation and certified seeds; scaling out adoption of technologies and improving the national dialogue in the seeds and fertilizer sectors. Through this initiative, led the development of seed business enterprises and community-based business; provided capacity development for business, farmers and other organizations in issues related to seed business development, seed multiplication, inspection, certification, inputs distribution, business planning, record keeping and marketing.

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