Lydia Mtchotsa

Design Monitoring & Evaluation Officer
World Vision Zambia
Lusaka, Zambia

Lydia graduated from the University of Zambia with a Bachelor of Science. She is now employed as a Design Monitoring & Evaluation Officer for World Vision Zambia. She previously worked as an Agribusiness Officer for PLARD Zambia where she was responsible for supporting activities related to agriculture and rural development. Lydia would like to use her gained knowledge to better contribute to the development of strong agriculture value chains in Zambia by providing practical solutions.


Martin Mwansa

Provincial Marketing Coordinator
Food Reserve Agency
Mansa, Zambia
Thesis: “Pecuniary and Non-pecuniary Value in Zambia’s Bean Supply Chain”

Martin earned his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Zambia. He currently works for Zambia’s Food Reserve Agency as a Provincial Marketing Coordinator. Upon completion of the program, he hopes to continue providing consulting services to agribusiness related projects in order to help farmers connect to outside markets.


Sosthenes Mwansa

Senior Credit Officer
Vision Fund Zambia
Lusaka, Zambia
Thesis: “Comparative Investment Analysis for Small Scale Broiler and Layer Enterprises in Zambia”

Sosthenes graduated from the University of Zambia with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Sciences. He now works for Vision Fund Zambia as a Senior Credit Officer. Sosthenes has a passion for agriculture and his country’s food safety that spurred him to enter the program. He dreams of using his MAB experience to help agriculture become Zambia’s tool for wealth creation and poverty alleviation.

Sunga Chalwe

Sunga Chalwe

Sunga Chalwe is in her fifth year studying agricultural economics. She successfully finished her attachment by doing field work and working with the ministry of agriculture in Zambia. She looks forward to seeing a poverty free Zambia that is self-driven, which she believes can be done by promoting diversification to profitable crops.

She considers it a privilege to be part of the Pulse Value Chain Initiative because it is the beginning of new research on underutilized crops that are de-emphasized in production, yet are vital in alleviating poverty and malnutrition. In addition, she is motivated by the need to fill the information gaps because there is so little research on the marketing of pulse crops.


Natasha Chilundika

Natasha is in her fifth year studying agricultural economics. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a master's degree in agricultural economics or economic policy analysis, and later to get her doctorate.

She enjoys reading, watching movies, spending time with family and friends, watching soccer and playing volleyball.

She hopes to work for the World Bank or International Monetary Fund in Zambia because of the institutions' influence on policy decisions in developing countries. She wants to work for the government later and contribute to developing her country.



Esther is in her final year as an undergraduate in agricultural economics. She enjoys reading, television, music, dancing, swimming and sports news. She also enjoys politics and marketing, and says she finds economics fascinating.

She hopes to pursue a master’s degree in agriculture economics or marketing, and later find a career where she can make difference in the world. She would like to work with such organizations as the United Nations on programs that promote agriculture and deal with agriculture policy issues. She also would like to take up lecturing one day and make a positive contribution towards future generations. She is excited to be part of the Pulse Value Chain Initiative because she believes it will make a positive difference in peoples’ lives.

Agness Msyece  

Agness Msyece

Agness is a meritorious fifth-year student in agricultural economics. She is interested in studying and offering solutions to developmental problems inherent in most developing countries. She says this is mainly because her passion and motivation has been to see people escaping the poverty trap.

She says she enjoys being “sophisticated but simple”. She likes to network with other people and hopes to travel around the world to meet new people and learn about different cultures. She is thrilled to be a part of the Pulse Value Chain Initiative because it is an opportunity for her to live her life-long passion but also to acquire skills to contribute to the economic development of many nations.

Edna Ngoma  

Edna Ngoma

Edna is a fifth-year student in agricultural economics. She enjoys reading, swimming and cinema. She also likes spending time with her classmates, as they're not only her fellow intellectuals but also her best friends. She enjoys discussing politics.

She graduated high school as the highest performing student and says she has been privileged to be exposed to courses at the University of Zambia on economic and scientific concepts. She is honored to be part of the Pulse Value Chain Initiative project.Edna hopes to join the private sector and venture into agricultural insurance firms to gain hands-on industry experience.

Later, she hopes to obtain a master's degree and specialize in agricultural international trade and finance, or obtain a master's of business administration. She also hopes to contribute to her country’s policy formulation and analysis, and in the long term, also acquire a doctorate.


Paul Chimuka Samboko

Chimuka is in his fifth year studying agricultural economics. He enjoys reading magazines, watching and playing soccer, playing chess and karate.

As a student on professional assignments, he worked as a research assistant with Harvest Help Zambia under the project for the reduction of poverty. As a student on attachment, he worked with the Agricultural Development Support Project in the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives under the monitoring and evaluation unit. He also has served as a school-course research assistant responsible for questionnaire design, data collection, entry and analysis.

Chimuka's research interests focus on the forces leading to agricultural output growth with special reference to technical, allocative and economic efficiencies. He hopes to further his studies in computational courses.