Paul Falakeza Fatch

Chairperson of African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS)

Paul Falakeza Fatch is a Malawian extension and rural development professional who has worked since 2005 in the agriculture sector. He is the Chairperson of African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS). From 2005 to 2015 he worked in Malawi’s Ministry of Agriculture in various extension positions, and from 2015 to date as a lecturer at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR). He holds various advisory positions in extension professional bodies, notably as the Chairperson of African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) since 2019, and Secretary General for Malawi Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (MaFAAS) since 2012. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Rural Development and Extension, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Extension, both from the University of Malawi (UNIMA). He has published 5 articles in peer reviewed journals. Paul Falakeza Fatch has contributed to establishment of country fora for extension in Africa by championing the establishment and operation of MaFAAS, one of the pioneers AFAAS country fora from which lessons are replicated elsewhere in Africa. He also contributed to the development of guidelines for extension approaches, methods, and tools in Malawi such as lead farmer, harmonized demonstrations, harmonized programming, farmer’s field school, and development of training manuals for extension staff in Malawi, resulting in 21 major official documents for Malawi. He has coordinated and managed high impact projects such as the 2009 to 2013 Support to Agricultural Extension and Training Services Project (SAETS) funded by Flanders Government, 2009 to 2015 Agriculture Sector Wide Approach Support Project (ASWAp-SP) funded by various donors, and 2016 to 2019 Crops for Healthy Diets: Linking Agriculture and Nutrition (HealthyLAND) funded by the German Ministry of Agriculture.