FPI Governance Structures:
For accountability and transparency in our work, we have put in place strong governance structures, these structures are responsible for policy development and implementation, project activity implementation as well as monitoring and evaluation.
FPI Leadership Structures and their functions:
1) International Executive Council (IEC);
2) International General Council (IGC);
3) International Executives (IE);
4) Regional Councillors (RCs) ;
5) National Executive and community structures led by farming communities and field officers, many of them volunteers.
International Policymaking structures:
The structure is led by the FPI Presidium, Elfas Mcloud, Shangwa (Founding Member) and Tamika Williams
This office’s duties are on Operations Administration management (OA) it manages the policy development and implementation processes, project activity tools, and standards involved with operating, administering, managing and maintaining any programs and activity systems in FPI.
The policy-development office works with all policy-making structures across the world that include continental leadership under the 7 Vice Presidents, the Regional leadership under the International General council and the regional councillors.
The International General Council is led by Continental Vice Presidents and their regional leadership structures.
Working together with these structures we become the Chief Policymakers of the FPI, we work to make the organisation functional and attractive to donors, funders and to work in harmony with different host governments across the world. These structures stand as the FPI project monitoring systems, from grassroots, regional, continental and internationally.
International Project implementation and management structures:
This structure is led by the International Executive, which falls under the leadership of the CEO Professor Kevin Wilson a renown USA economist who is the boss of the organisation and leads FPI sitting on both the IEC and the IGC, not as a policymaker but as its ex-officio, the CEO is the ley leader of FPI, besides leading FPI project he also influences policy-making processes and policy adoption as he is the one who shapes the FPI activities through his day to day leadership of the organisation.
The CEO is deputized by his many deputies from different levels who have different functions at the regional and international levels, first amongst the leadership are the following officials:
The Office of the Finance Controller (Fin-Co) Internal Auditor or Compliance Executive, this is a very crucial office that carries a responsibility for the setting up of Financial policies, implementation, auditing, recruitment of finance admin staff as well as managing FPI Finances at community, national, regional and International levels, Continental, Regional and national levels, this office also set up, works and monitors with fundraising and marketing teams.
The office of the Senior Executive Director, who is responsible for Capacity building, is an important office responsible for shaping our leadership into what we expect to get out of them, starting from starting branches, setting up of structures, management and operations.
The office of the Senior Executive Director responsible for the Agroecology project, this office has several sub-offices attached to it in line with several activities under the Agroecology project.
The office of the Executive Director, responsible for membership and the Microfinance Credit Scheme, this office is held by a person with both financial and admin skills and a good track record in handling and managing people and money, they are responsible for recruitment, data management and running self-help microfinance credit schemes.
The office of the Executive Director, responsible for Monitoring and Evaluation, this office looks at the input-transformation-output processes and enables a search for efficiency and optimization by rearranging or changing the processes ( Deliverables on all our activities)
Executive Director responsible for Integration of technology into Agriculture, This office integrates effective knowledge management strategies, incorporating the producer's knowledge and responding to the technology user's needs.
With the above structures at the international level, FPI is going far and will win on all its projects.
FPI Governance is composed of 6 constitutional governance structures namely:
The International Executive Council (IEC):
This is the FPI’s highest International Governing body, currently led by the Executive President and founder of the FPI, composed of 4 officials: the Executive President, the Deputy Executive President, the Chief Executive, and one Executive Member.
The governance body is responsible for the approval of projects and policies agreed upon by the International General Council (IGC). The body meets 3 times each year physically but holds several online sittings to approve and deliberate on matters arising from the organisation's operations; this Executive arm of the FPI meets with all governance bodies at regular intervals.
The International Executive or the (International Secretariat) :
The international Executive is the FPI Secretariate, a body that is led by the Chief Executive Officer who is deputized by several Senior Executive Directors. These two are the most important individuals in FPI as they are the leaders of the organisation and who give strategic direction at the international level, this body runs and operates FPI on daily basis and consists of different program officials, working at the FPI HQ and as well as Continental and regional offices, it recruits membership and employees makes program decisions and implements agreed on activities across the world working with country chapters in consultation with the IGC structures and the approval of the IEC, the International executive meets with the IEC on several occasions both virtually and in person.
International General Council
The International General Council (IGC):
This is an international governing body made up of 7 Vice Presidents from 7 continents, they serve a 3-year term and can stand for re-election, these 5 Vice Presidents rotate the IGC Chairpersonship for 12 months each year. This means the IGC Chair will be moved to one continent every 12 months. They are followed by regional chairpersons, and amongst these regional chairpersons one who is elected to be the Executive Chairperson who deputies the continental Vice President and sits as the acting vice president in the absents of the Vice President, these Chairpersons are elected from the 6 representatives from each country branch who meet once each 3 years at an International General Assembly, the 6 members are as follows: Country Board Chairperson, Deputy and Treasurer, Country Director, the Deputy Country Director and Senior Program Officer. The Continental Vice president reports to the IEC while the rest of the continental regional teams report to the continental vice Presidents.
They meet with the IEC once every 4th year for the International General Assembly and 3 to 4 times each year with their committees to deliberate and conduct monitoring and evaluation of policies and projects agreed upon by the General Assembly, as well as to propose new policies to be submitted to ICE, the IEC meets.
The Continental Councilors:
These are continental board members elected to represent their regions in the continental council, out of this group we have 5 who sit as regional Chairpersons and report to the IGC, heading the 5 continents across the world, with a mandate to lead monitoring and evaluation of the FPI activities and policy implementation as well as the election of senior councillors for regions. 2 country Board members and 2 country executive members from each country form the continental council and serve a 3-year term; these teams report to the Continent's Executive Chairperson, who in turn reports to the continent's Vice President. Executive Chairpersons and country counsellors will be inducted into sub-committees that carry out different duties and responsibilities for a period of 3 years in their continents and regions, they report to the IGC Chairperson. These teams meet twice each year in a designated country and once every month virtually to report and discuss projects and challenges in their regions.
The Regional Councillors: These are 6 member teams from each country composed of the following country leadership: Country Board Chairperson, Deputy and Treasurer, Country Director, Deputy Country Director and Senior Program Officer and are led by the Regional Chairperson, who coordinates FPI activities in their region.
They report to the regional chairperson who in turn reports to the continental Executive Chairperson.
These teams meet once every 3 months in their region for monitoring of projects as well as planning and implementation of policies from the Continental Council, they also meet once every month virtually for reviews and report back on progress and challenges in their countries.
1-Board Chairperson (1)
2-Deputy Chairperson (1)
4-Vice secretary (1)
6-Board committee members (7)
1-Country Director (1)
2-Deputy Country Director (1)
3-Finance & Admin Officer (1)
4-Human Resources (1)
5-Senior Program officer (1)
6-Deputy Program officer (10)
8-Office assistants Unlimited
The two national structures above are two national governing bodies that give shape to what Farmer's Pride International is at the international level, they form country structures that implement FPI's policies and country agroecology projects working with farmers, their farming community, governments and the donor and investor communities. The two groups also engage community volunteers.
STAGE OF ENGAGEMENT WITH FPI
Please read the information below to get an understanding of the stages to be followed when setting up a Farmers Pride International branch/chapter
ELFAS MCLOUD Z. SHANGWA
Executive President & Founder
Born in Zimbabwe to a farming family and now based in Botswana, Hunter, as he likes to be called, took up the farming challenge to another level during his high education studies by getting involved in Agriculture training projects, and later to China where he got most of his expertise in agroecology. In 2010 working with Chinese Agriculture Universities and NGOs, he established the Zimbabwe/China People to People Agriculture project launched in Harare by both Chinese and Zimbabwean Government officials.
Hunter has set a target to create 1 million Agroalighed jobs by the time he turns 75
Hunter is a multitalented leader, business development and capacity-building consultant in NGO/NPO policy development and implementation, international published author, ICT technician, website developer, trainer and facilitator in different disciplines. He is also the Institute of International Peace leaders Ambassador of Goodwill as well as its Botswana and Zimbabwe country Director.
The Deputy Executive President position at FPI, with duties on setting up and administration of policymaking structures, FPI development management and linkages.
Tamika is a mother, wife and avid environmentalist who is a gardener and artist. An educator with an excess of twenty-two years, she taught elementary school and then English Language, Literature and Environmental Awareness at St James College in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
She was raised on a farm by her grandparents so she is most comfortable and feels at home in Farmers Pride.
Along with her husband and adult son, they own and operate the Ahhh…Ras Natango Gallery and Garden, a renowned Tourism Entity in the mountains overlooking the city of Montego Bay.
The Williams family transformed a cliff into the oasis it is today, which is the family’s major source of income, which also employs individuals from the community. A sustainable environmental business rated Number one out of 44 things to do on Trip Advisor and listed as the number one place to shop by USA Today
Living in one with Nature, she employs environmental practices on the property, which is also her home. Harvesting rainwater sustains both home and business, composting for soil and using homemade remedies for the control of garden pests.
Her philosophy is mending broken pieces. She loves to sing, dance works in her community with the youth. Tamika is passionate about life and embraces all of Nature.
Location: Jamaica Responsibilities: International
Deputy Executive President & Partner
She brings her experiences in Agroforestry, Agrotourism, horticulture and the interdependency and importance of the flora and fauna in any area. Representing Latin America and the Caribbean. She serves as an executive member of two organizations in Jamaica. She brings a wealth of experience in the constitution and policies to Farmers’ Pride International.
Kevin E. Wilson (Nonprofit CEO & International Development Educator) Kevin Wilson who is taking up the Farmers Pride International
Partner and Chief Executive Officer position.
Kevin Wilson is an educator/scholar in international development and an accomplished leader in the NGO sector. He currently serves as the leader of Farmer’s Pride International and as an Executive Board Member to the Millennial Legacy Foundation, which serves the East African Community through the US Government’s “American Spaces” Project.
In addition to his work in the NGO sector, Kevin is also a passionate educator in the field of international development, having taught and run programs at both the secondary and university level. He has taught classes and presented on multiple topics pertinent to the field of development including youth economic empowerment, rural development through agro-finance, and the role of the private sector as a driver of sustainable development.
He additionally has a Degree in International Relations from American University & graduated with Honors from the University of Richmond. Currently, his work, teaching, & research focus on emerging trends in agro-entrepreneurship, “self-help” microfinance in developing countries, and the economics of entrepreneurship in fragile states/developing economies. He also sits as the Executive member of the FPI IEC
Location: United States of America
Prof. Kanchan Kumar Bhowmik
Vice President for ASEAN Block and Brand Ambassador
Serving as Brand Ambassador for FPI in Asia and at Large
He completed his Honors’ Graduate (B.Sc-Ag) & Master Degree (M.Sc_Ag) in Agriculture under State Agriculture University/ Bidhan Chandra Krishi
Viswavidyalaya (B.C.K.V) and Research work (Leading to Ph.D./Incomplete) on fertilizer management at Rural Development Centre, IIT, Kharagpur. He received the National Award (Rank 88 in West Bengal from the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education) under the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India, All India Science Talent Search Award, Achievement cum Diagnostic Award in Mathematics as well as National Fellowship under Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR).
International Executive Secretary
Laone Mopipi has earned herself the position of FPI Executive Secretary as a reward for her hard work and expertise in the areas of administration and corporate governance, her duties are international and she leads a team of personnel assistants and communication officers for FPI and sits as the Executive member of the FPI IGC.
Vice President for the Africa Block & Senior Executive Director
FPI has appointed Joseph Mughogho as its Deputy Chairman for the African Bloc and doubles as the Senior Executive Director with responsibilities to lead African bloc and Capacity building and skills development looking at his expertise in the area of human resources and organisational development, and Joseph is working with FPI Farming communities economic empowerment activities across the world. He sits as the Executive member of the FPI IGC
Taking up the role of finance controller for FPI Jonah brings
into FPI over 34 years of experience in Finance management, ICT, Consultancy, Insurance and Banking environments. Jonah is currently working on a project as a Project Manager for a South African telecommunications company.
His professional journey has seen him work as an Accounts Officer, Programmer, Analyst Programmer, Systems Analyst, Systems Development Manager, Consultant Manager, Senior ICT Consultant, Finance Officer and Enterprise Systems Manager.
Phayth is the Personnel Assistant to the FPI Executive Chairperson and works in the Executive Secretary's office on events planning, communications and compliance duties.
Phayth brings in vast experience in the areas of information and technology as well as administration.
Councillor & IGC Executive member
Gare Rijntjes is a councillor for the Tourism sub-committee as well as the FPI IGC executive member responsible for International Agrotourism projects, she also sits on the FPI Botswana as the Treasurer of the FPI Botswana board, Gare Rijntjes works with the Deputy Executive President Tamika Felina Pommells Williams on Agrotourism projects and she is tasked to set up agrotourism projects in all countries across the world where FPI is working with local branches.
Gare Rijntjes is a mother of one daughter, married and is the founder of Net Dew Travel. A qualified professional Travel Specialist with more than 16 working experiences in the Tourism industry specialising in Sales and Reservations. Her work is to sell tailor-made packages for Self Drive Safaris, budget and luxury mobile Safaris, Fly-in Lodge to Lodge Safaris, Scenic and Helicopter flights over the Okavango Delta and many other tourism-related options to suit clientèle 's taste.