Country Representative for South Africa
Marisia has been the CEO for HPSA (Heifer Project South Africa) since 2009 and worked previously (2001 to 2009) for Heifer International.
She is currently leading a 5-year 100 million Rand (6 million euro) Goat Agribusiness Project with partner Mdukatshani, looking at increasing productivity, commercializing 7,000 rural women farmers and formalizing the indigenous goat market. In collaboration with Mdukatshani and the Department of Agriculture, she recently wrote a Goat Production Handbook, a Chicken Production Handbook and a Livestock Handbook. In addition, Marisia has developed training materials (getting AGRISETA accredited) for farmer and Community Animal Health Worker trainings, and a best practice guide for Community Animal Health Workers. She also developed a simple 5-ingredient goat protein block with partners that can be produced by youth in communities and established an Innovation Platform on goats bringing together stakeholders all along the goat value chain that meets quarterly.
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