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Staff Members

Nelson Mudzingwa


National Coordinator:


Nelson is one of the founding members of ZIMSOFF and also the founding coordinator having worked tirelessly to establish a Secretariat in 2013. He is a holder of a National Diploma in Agriculture from the Mlezu College of Agriculture which is a government owned institution which was established in 1958 and is located in the Midlands province of Zimbabwe. An avid farmer, Nelson farms in the Shashe Block in Mashava, just outside Masvingo.  He has won awards for his water harvesting techniques and continues to promote farmer saved seeds in the quest to enhance food and seed sovereignty.

Fiona Chipunza


Programme Officer


Fiona holds of a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Journalism and Media Studies from the National University of Science and Technology in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. An avid reader, Fiona has experience in the development sector having been with a Southern Africa regional think tank for 4 years. She was previously with ESAFF in the regional office before joining ZIMSOFF in 2016. In line with ZIMSOFF’s vision, Fiona hopes to be a key liaison between small scale farmers and their targeted stakeholders

Natsai Manenji

Natsai Manenji

Finance Officer

Holder of an HND in Accounts from Masvingo Polytechnic. Natsai has 14 Years with Non-Governmental Organisations. Having joined ZIMSOFF in 2014, Natsai was instrumental in setting up a separate ZIMSOFF accounting system to enable ZIMSOFF to report and vouch for its expenses separate from La Via Campesina. Natsai is a cheerful, hardworking individual with knowledge of finances and great communication skills. She looks forward to securing enough funding for the organization to fulfill its strategic goals.

Patience Shumba

Patience Shumba

Admin Secretary

Patience is a competent Administrator with more than ten years’ experience in office administration, procurement, asset management as well as logistics.  Patience is a holder of a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Business Management. She joined ZIMSOFF in 2013 as a Secretary from CARE International where she was Project Secretary.   She has the ability to work with others as part of the team to produce the best plan of action suitable to produce optimum results good for the whole team.