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Manager, Agriculture and Economic Diversification Programs
As Manager, Agriculture and Economic Diversification Programs, Rizvaan Khan supervises the Agricultural Transformation Initiative’s program development and operations. He is responsible for securing internal and external partners to design, implement, and manage grant and investment programs that provide income diversification opportunities for smallholder farmers in Malawi.
Rizvaan has more than 18 years of commercial and developmental experience in the agriculture and horticulture sectors. He has spent much of his career in Africa, working in Malawi, Mozambique, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. In his previous positions, Rizvaan supported the development and funding of agriculture-based commercial out-grower schemes in Malawi and promoted business linkages of commercial farmers to markets. He also served as a Business Associate for AgDevCo, where he oversaw general program and investment operations, scoping potential investments that were applicable to country portfolios.
Earlier in his career, Rizvaan was a Senior Business Advisor for TechnoServe Inc., where he developed and advised horticulture and agriculture development initiatives. Rizvaan also oversaw business management and development for the USAID-funded EMPRENDA (Empowering Private Enterprise in the Development of Agriculture) program that developed horticulture activities in the Beira Corridor in Mozambique.
Rizvaan is based in Malawi and is fluent in Portuguese, Chichewa, and English. He has a Higher National Diploma in Horticulture Studies from Hadlow College, Tonbridge, United Kingdom.