We have the inspiration and experience of Aad Kessler on our team. Aad is from WUR, who strongly believe in the force of of collaboration to make this world more sustainable, and that this can only be achieved when people are self-reliant and driven by shared visions of a better future. Aad is the founder of PIP approach in Burundi, and convinced that the principles of the approach and the resulting change in mind-set are applicable to all layers of society: from the most vulnerable to our policy-makers.
Laurie is the bridge between Uganda and the Netherlands and also between the partners in the Manafwa team. She works for WUR, but based in Uganda. She likes inspiring people and creating a forward driven enthusiastic team-spirit, where-ever she goes. As an agronomist she works a lot with farmers and aims to build new bridges and innovation pathways, based on the PIP philosophy. She is the always busy young spider-in-the-web in our team, doing research (her PHD) and development at the same time.
Frank from Makerere University, our Manfwa expert! He has over twenty years of experience with natural resources management and rural development in the Mount Elgon region. Driven by his desire to make a contribution to community development through research, he has conducted numerous participatory research programmes, and is convinced that Manafwa has potential to reclaim her position as a food-basket for Uganda, in balance with the National park.
Charles is a youthful enthusiast who will mobilise the youth in Manafwa in our reforestation and environmental education activities. He is very dynamic and always eager to try out innovations that motivate young people: In 2015 he won the UNFCC youth video Award and in the same year the Commonwealth Youth Bright Ideas competition. In 2012, he won the World Merit Global Ambassador Award and traveled around the globe to inspire the youths; he is young, but already full of life experience.
She's from Kyambogo University and a powerful lady who knows how to get institutional stakeholders onboard. She is very happy in organizing all stakeholder meetings, running up and down doing behind the scenes communications and things, to make the project implementation successful. But having done her PHD research in the Mount Elgon region, she feels much at home among the local farmers, is excited to help improving their local livelihoods, and is fulfilled when hearing their stories.
Christopher is from A2N. He is driven by the desire to meaningfully impact lives of vulnerable needy people, especially by promoting agro-ecological technologies and practices among smallholder farming communities. Having a farm of his own close to Kampala, Chris understands how difficult farming can be, and what land stewardship actually means. Transforming smallholder farmers into self-confident communities who are able to determine their destiny is what mainly drives his work.