Mrs Catherine Audrey Wandale
Human Resource & Administration Manager
Industry / Sector
Agriculture & Allied Services
Catherine Wandale (mostly known as Cathy to most of her colleagues) is an experienced and seasoned Human Resource and Administration Practitioner who likes to work in a challenging set up that offers operational management with a good opportunity for growth. Currently she is the Human Resource and Administration Manager for Greenbelt Authority (GBA). In the job for one-and-half years, her main focus areas include Talent Acquisition and Management; Compensation and Rewards; Performance Management; Training and Development and Staff Welfare. Further, Cathy oversees the procurement of GBA’s goods and services in line with the Public Procurement Act; she guides and interprets GBA’s terms and conditions of service to staff as well as management of the administrative policies.
Prior to the current job, Cathy spent years working for the leading communications company, Airtel Malawi. She managed dozens of employees, a fleet of over 45 vehicles, significantly reduced the cost of fleet operations and inculcated a spirit of efficiency in managing company resources.
Cathy holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Resource Management (from the University of Malawi, Chancellor College) and an Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management (ABE). She also has a Certificate in Public Relations (LCCI), Certificate in Advertising (LCCI) as well as Advanced Secretarial Qualifications (Pitman).
Cathy has strong interpersonal, analytical and communication skills. She is a good organizer and possesses client liaison abilities. An effective team player, Cathy has the ability to work under pressure and meet strict deadlines.
THE GREEN BELT INITIATIVE
Government formulated the Green Belt Initiative (GBI) with the aim of using the available abundant water and land resources for irrigation to increase agricultural production and productivity, incomes and food security. GBI is to reduce the heavy reliance on the unreliable rain-fed agriculture which is susceptible to weather shocks and natural disasters (unreliable rainfall patterns, droughts, dry spells, and floods). Thus the GBI is to hedge against the negative effects of global climate change on food, nutrition and cash income security. The Initiative is consistent with both the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS II), the National Agriculture Policy (NAP), National Irrigation Policy and the National Export Strategy (NES).
Transforming Malawi into a wealthy nation with assured livelihoods and sustainable utilisation of land and water resources.
To increase sustainable irrigated agricultural production and productivity through well developed and managed infrastructure for comprehensive utilisation of land and water resources as well as effective service delivery
In order to achieve the above Vision and Mission, the Initiative has the following specific objectives:
a) To increase area under sustainable irrigation;
b) To increase production and productivity of crops, livestock and fisheries technologies;
c) To improve market access and linkages;
d) To increase volumes and quality of value added products; and
e) To improve access to other socio-economic infrastructure within the context of rural growth centres.
1.2 Pilot Sites
In the first phase of the programme implementation, Government identified four pilot sites to be developed. These are: Nthola-Ilora-Ngosi in the area of Traditional Authority Kalonga in Karonga district covering 1000 hectares, Chikwawa Scheme in the areas of Traditional Authoririties Mwaza, Makanjira and Khombeza in Salima district covering 6293 hectares, Malombe scheme in the area of Traditional Authority Chowe in Mangochi district covering 500 hectares, and Chilengo scheme in the area of Traditional Authority Makuwira in Chikhwawa district covering 500 hectares.
2.0 PROGRESS TO DATE
2.1 SALIMA SUGAR PROJECT
Government is implementing a Sugar Project at Chikwawa Scheme in the area of Traditional Authorities Khombedza, Mwanza and Makanjira (Msosa) in Salima district. Government procured the 6293 hectares of land from Press Agriculture for the development of this irrigation scheme. Sources of water are Lake Malawi and Lingadzi river. The project envisages production of sugarcane on about 6000 hectares of land and production of sugar and sugar products. The Scheme has implementation arrangements focusing on smallholder commercial farmers, medium scale commercial farmers and a large-scale commercial grower.
2.1.1 Smallholder Farmers Cane Growers
About 250 smallholder farming households from within the project area have been allocated 530 hectares of land for sugarcane production. Each farming household is allocated 2 hectares of land. Government has over the past four years been constructing the 530 hectares hampered by financial challenges. The construction of the scheme is being completed by Salima Sugar Company.