Making a difference in the lives of African farmers.
Elijah’s extensive professional career has been guided by his passion for horticulture - and the impact it can have on communities. He is the managing director of SEVIA, a joint programme between East-West Seed and Rijk Zwaan, which focuses on improving the skills of smallholder farmers in Tanzania.
“My position allows me to express myself well in a field I love and make a difference in farmers’ lives. I like collaborating with EWS Knowledge Transfer because they have a lot of experience in Asia in empowering the farmer to produce better vegetables and also change their lives. This is something we are also trying to emulate in Africa,” he says.
It is very important because there is so much untapped potential. My market needs knowledge transfer and I am happy to be part of it. I am a horticulturist to the core, whatever else I might do, I believe that the future of food security on my continent lies in vegetable production.
He describes his appointment as MD of SEVIA as the “pinnacle” of his career, which spans three countries and various horticulture-related fields such as research, trade and NGO work.
Current position : Managing Director, SEVIA
Works for East-West Seed since : 2014
Based in : Tanzania
University of London (Wye College), England
Masters in Tropical and Subtropical Horticulture and Crop Science
University of Zimbabwe
Bachelors Degree (Honours) in Agriculture; Crop Science
Tsukuba International Agricultural Centre, Japan
Certificate in Vegetable seed Production