Executive Director: Rex Chapota

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Rex Chapota is a highly experienced and dynamic development communication and rural development specialist with a passion for a holistic and sustainable development for Africa.

Rex is the founding Executive Director of Farm Radio Trust, and has previously worked for Farm Radio International as a National Research Coordinator for a ground breaking action research project known as the African Farm Radio Research Initiative (AFRRI)-Malawi Office.

He has an academic background in Agriculture specifically rural development and extension at the Diploma and Bachelors’ level from the Bunda College of Agriculture - University of Malawi, and a Masters of Science in Managing Rural Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies - University of London.

Rex has more than 14 Years of vast experience in project design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, grants management, advocacy and development communication in areas ranging from Sustainable Development, Agriculture and Agro Enterprise Development, Health and HIV/AIDS.

Rex's grant management experience was gained from various donor agencies including USAID through the PEPFER funding mechanism, DFID, NORAD, Netherlands Government, AUSAID, EU, Irish AID, IFAD, AGRA and other corporate private sector donors such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Coca Cola Foundation.

He has also offered professional consulting services and published papers in farm radio programming, Agro enterprise development, HIV and AIDS, adolescent sexual & reproductive health, orphans and vulnerable children Programs, agriculture and sustainable livelihoods, youth empowerment and child development, and natural resource management sectors.

Before joining Farm Radio International in 2007, Rex had worked both in the public and civil society sectors with institutions such as the National Youth Council of Malawi, Care International, Plan International and Hope for the African Children Initiative.

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