Senior agricultural economist at the National Agricultural Marketing Council, Dr Ndumiso Vusumuzi Mazibuko believes patience is key to building a career you can be proud of.
Inspired by effecting the change he wants to see, one of his proudest achievements was being able to influence legislative policies that transformed the agricultural sector, promoting effective use of land and creating more household food security, especially in rural areas.
Since obtaining his PhD in Agricultural Economics, he’s played a critical role in the execution of the statutory levy system that has helped the commercial agricultural sector generate funding for research, export markets and production, turning the sector around since its deregulation in 1997. Additionally, he championed the formulation of a national infrastructure plan for agro-logistics and rural economies that formed part of the 18 Strategic Integrated Projects administered by the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission.
“I’m keen on incorporating science and economics in an effort to revolutionise economics and improve the living standards in a country where approximately 14.8 million people go to bed hungry and there is a lack of jobs and opportunities for youth in rural areas. I’d like to keep making a contribution to more people accessing a better life,” he says.
Mazibuko is invested in his goal to generate funding to further transform the agricultural sector and ensure that it’s competitive, sustainable and viable. “I believe that through good policies and effective implementation, the sector can play a meaningful role in addressing food security, unemployment and inequality,” he adds.