Steering Group

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Mrs. Mariann Bassey Orovwuje


Mrs. Mariann is a Program Manager in the foremost Nigerian advocacy non-governmental organization, Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN). ERA is the Nigerian chapter of Friends of the Earth International – a network of 76 national grassroots groups, campaigning to protect the environment and to create sustainable societies. Mariann is also the Coordinator of Friends of the Earth Africa’s Food Sovereignty Campaign. In addition she is on Friends of the international (FoEI) Steering Committee of the Food Sovereignty Program. In 2009 she was the representative of FoEI Food Sovereignty Program in FoEI’s Program Integration Team (PIT). An eleven people team, put together to integrate FoEI’s programs, from regional perspectives to a global vision; from thematic specificities to a holistic approach of mobilization, resistance, and transformation towards building sustainable societies. Mariann is a Lawyer, as well as an environmental, human and food rights advocate. She has demonstrated ability and drive to provide leadership while at the same time being a great team player. She started out as activist for Students’ Rights at the University and she was eventually elected the Attorney- General of the Students’ Union Government.


Mr. Vuningoma FAUSTIN


Mr. Faustin is Rwandan by nationality and married with five children. He obtained his first degree in social sciences, majoring in administrative sciences from Kigali Independent University in Rwanda and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Maastricht School of Management in The Netherlands, majoring in project management. He possesses vast experience working with both the public and private sectors. He is well conversant with strategic planning, organizational development, human resources management team building and project management.

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Mrs. Ali Aii Shatu


Ali Aii SHATU was born on the 21st of July 1975 in North West Region of Cameroon.  She joined the National Veterinary School Jakiri in 1998 and came out with a Higher National Diploma in veterinary Nursing in 2000.

In October 2000, she was recruited as Gender and Women Promotion Programme Coordinator in MBOSCUDA and has served in that position for six years and was later elected to MBOSCUDA Board as Finance Sub Committee Chairlady in 2010, a position she still holds.

For her extensive experience and excellence Mrs. Ali was elected to represent the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Co-ordinating Committee (IPACC), a network of 150 indigenous peoples’ organizations in 20 African countries in AFSA. She has also been IPACC’s focal point on Food and Agriculture related issues.

In November 2016, Mrs. Ali was elected to the AFSA board as a Treasurer.

A mother of three, two sons and a daughter Mrs. Ali devoted herself to the food sovereignty movement that promises her children a better future.

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Madam Elisabeth MPOFU


Madam Elizabeth is an organic farmer and activist who works tirelessly for the betterment of smallholder farmers. She is the current General Coordinator of La Via Campesina, the international peasant movement comprising some 164 local and national organizations in 73 countries in the defense of small-scale sustainable agriculture as a way to promote social justice and dignity.

Elizabeth is a founding member and Chairperson of Zimbabwe Smallholder Organic Farmers Forum (ZIMSOFF) and Board member of Eastern & Southern Smallholder Farmers’ Forum (ESAFF), organizations which promote sustainable farming practices and the majority of whose members are women. She is currently working with African rural women leaders to build a grassroots movement that advances rural women’s rights across the continent.

In the 80s and 90s, Elizabeth has been the Chairperson for the Association of Zimbabwe Traditional Environmental Conservationists (AZTREC) In 2016, she was appointed by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO) as its Special Ambassador for the International Year of the Pulse for Africa.

Elizabeth’s recent opinion column in the global magazine Farming Matters shows her deep interest in gender equality, women pastoralists, and traditional crops. She was featured in a series on food and seed sovereignty and is a regular speaker at events.

Elizabeth served in AFSA’s former steering committee. She was elected to serve a second term as Board Member of AFSA representing La Via Campesina in Africa.

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Dr. Chris is a Kenyan national, holds a PhD in geographical/environmental sciences from Cambridge University, UK and is a Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Society (FCCS). He has a Master’s degree in development planning from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, and was a visiting graduate student at McGill University in Montreal (Canada) in the 1982/83 academic year. Chris has had an extensive academic career spanning over 20 years at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, where he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Science. He has published extensively in international referred journals such as Housing Studies, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Development and Change, Geoforum, Third World Planning Review, among others. Chris has also consulted for various local, regional and international organizations.

Dr. Macoloo has extensive experience in international development, having worked for a number of development organizations such as Practical Action (formerly Intermediate Technology Development Group – ITDG) and SNV/Netherlands Development Organization. He is currently the Regional Director for World Neighbors in Africa based in Nairobi, Kenya. World Neighbors, a founder member of the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA), is a US-headquartered international development organization that strengthens capacities of local organizations in Africa, Asia, Latin America & the Caribbean in the fields of sustainable agriculture, livelihoods, natural resources management and health. Chris is responsible for leading the Africa team in the strategic, human resource and financial management of World Neighbors’ programs in five countries: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mali and Burkina Faso. He played a critical role in the formation of the PROLINNOVA country platform in Kenya and is currently a member of the National Steering Committee of PROLINNOVA Kenya. He is a member and Co-Chair of PROLINNOVA Oversight Group (POG) which is the policy making organ of the PROLINNOVA international network, currently represented in 18 countries worldwide. Therefore, Chris has a solid professional background that blends international development experience with academia and research, a nexus that is essential for an effective development expert. Chris is married with two teenage children.

Jean Paul Sikeli, COPAGEN – Member

Mrs Josephine Atangana, PROPOAC – Member