Dr. Maria Wanzala-Mlobela is an agricultural economist with over ten years of experience working on African agricultural policy and market development issues. She worked for the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) for 14 years and was seconded to the African Union’s New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) as the Senior Fertilizer Policy Specialist during her tenure at IFDC. Her areas of specialization include analyzing the functioning and performance of fertilizer markets, fertilizer policy and regulatory frameworks, and the formulation of policies and programs to address constraints and improve market performance. In her current position at AFAP, Dr. Wanzala is responsible for the development and implementation of AFAP policy initiatives for policy and regulatory improvement facilitation to create a more enabling environment for the increased commercial supply of fertilizer in sub-Saharan Africa. This entails: proposal development; fundraising; program design and implementation; policy research and analysis; provision of policy services to the private sector, national governments, and regional bodies; and technical backstopping.
Dr. Wanzala has a PhD in agricultural economics from Michigan State University in the United States of America.