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Head of Programs, Research, Monitoring and Learning, National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi (NASFAM)
Dr. Richard Petautchere is the Head of Programs, Research, Monitoring and Learning for the National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi (NASFAM), Malawi’s largest independent farmer-owned agribusiness. In this capacity, Dr. Petautchere is responsible for the operational success of NASFAM, ensuring seamless program development and delivery, and quality control and evaluation. As a member of the executive management team, he participates in strategic planning and budgeting initiatives in addition to problem-solving. He has also worked as General Manager for NASCOMEX, NASFAM’s commercial subsidiary.
During the last 15 years, Dr. Petautchere has focused his work on program development and management, value chain development, policy and advocacy, empowerment and resilience, institutional strengthening, market systems, and quality assurance. An economist by training, Dr. Petautchere obtained his PhD from the University of Verona, Italy, and holds MA and BSc degrees in Economics from the University of Malawi.
Before joining NASFAM, Dr. Petautchere was a Program Manager with the Malawi Economic Justice Network (MEJN), a coalition of over 100 civil society organizations in Malawi committed to poverty reduction by promoting equitable distribution of economic resources and opportunities. During his period at MEJN, he managed two separate programs: Budget Advocacy and Economic Literacy.
Dr. Petautchere also served as a Marketing Executive at Celtel Mw Ltd and an Economist with the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development, Malawi Government.