• EDD participation year: 2015
  • Country: Malawi

Catherine holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture-Crop Science from Bunda College of Agriculture, University of Malawi, which recently became the Lilongwe University of Agricultural and Natural Resources (LUANAR). She is also completing her Master of Science in Rural Development and Agricultural Extension at the same.

She was among the winners of the 2015 African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) fellowship, an initiative that aims to recognize women’s vital contribution to science and research. Catherine’s vision for Africa is a continent with access to the right knowledge and skills that will enable people to achieve food, nutrition and income security.

Catherine works with Farm Radio Trust, a local civil society organisation that provides innovative agricultural extension and advisory services to smallholder farmers in Malawi, particularly through radio and ICTs. As the Agricultural Advisor, her role is to develop content for agricultural radio programming by conducting research and engaging with various experts, policy makers, and smallholder farmers. She has implemented development communication projects and research in nutrition and food security, sustainable agriculture, agribusiness, women empowerment and agricultural policy.

Catherine has a passion for investing in other young people. She has recently taken up a teaching position within the Department of Agriculture Education and Development Communication at the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources where she teaches courses to do with agricultural radio programming and communications. She also mentors other young women in secondary schools within her city.