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Dr Chimimba David Phiri assumed office as FAO Subregional Coordinator for Southern Africa on 15 April 2013.

He holds a Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) degree from the University of Malawi (1981); a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Wales (1984) and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics and Development Economics from the University of Cambridge, UK (1991).

Subregional Coordinator for Southern Africa: Chimimba David Phiri

Dr Phiri started his career in 1981 as Projects Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture in Malawi. He then joined the University of Malawi, where he was Lecturer in Agricultural Economics until 1987.

He joined FAO at its headquarters in Rome in 1991 as Policy Economist in the Economic and Social Development Department. From 1998 to 2008, he served in the Cabinet of the FAO Director-General, where, as senior aide to the Director-General, he was involved in the policy direction and overall management of the Organization.

In September 2008, Dr Phiri was appointed Chief of the Policy Assistance Support Service in the Technical Cooperation Department. In this position, Dr Phiri was the focal point for FAO’s support to the African Union and its NEPAD programme, and he chaired the Organization-wide Task Team for such cooperation.

Dr Phiri is also the FAO Representative in Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Botswana.