Richwell Musoma from Zimbabwe was one of the two students recently awarded the NFP MA-CoFin scholarship from EP-Nuffic. “Knowledge and awareness of efficient water management is vital in Zimbabwe, the region and the rest of the world.”
“I feel so honoured to be awarded the prestigious co-finance scholarship through EP-Nuffic (NFP MA-CoFIN). Being given this award makes me feel so lucky and thankful to the funders. Without this scholarship, it would have been impossible for me to enroll on the programme especially judging from the economic challenges that my country is faced with. Thanks again to the NFP MA-CoFIN!”
Richwell Tryson Musoma is a 31-year old Zimbabwean who works for the Department of Irrigation Development in Zimbabwe, which falls under the Ministry of Agriculture. He holds a Master of Science in Rural Development and Natural Resources Management (Sweden, 2016) and a Bachelor of Agricultural Science: Crop Sciences (Zimbabwe, 2008) as well as several training in water resources management.
He has seven years of experience in land and water resources management as well as farming systems. “While I am so passionate about sustainable agriculture, rural livelihoods and integrated water resources management, I am eager to develop my skills in business management and organisational leadership.” That’s why he applied for the scholarship to do his MBA with a Major in Water Management at Business School Netherlands and, as one of the first two students ever at BSN, was awarded the scholarship.
You are a Provincial Irrigation Agronomist, tell us a bit about what your role entails.
“My role as an Irrigation Agronomist positions me for the following tasks among others:
- Provision of agronomic expertise in the irrigation agriculture development in the province;
- Identification of potential irrigation projects/programmes, beneficiary selection and participatory irrigation appraisals;
- Provision of sustainable water and land management;
- Farmer and stakeholder capacity development on sustainable land and water development as well as rural livelihoods and food security;
- Development and coordination of irrigation development toolkits as well as sustainable irrigation development guidelines.”
How would you describe the current water management situation in Zimbabwe?
“One of the major challenges facing the country as far as water is concerned relates to arrangements for sharing the resource among different users. Different sectors, agriculture and industry have competing needs and this is likely leading to unsustainable water management.”
How vital is awareness of this situation and challenges?
“Water remains a critical resource globally. Just like the United Nations Environment Programme’s Agenda 21, knowledge and awareness of efficient water management is vital in Zimbabwe, the region and the rest of the world. These elements help promote sustainable water management/development and enhance public capacity to address water issues.”
What does the Department of Irrigation Development do to contribute to improvements?
“The Department of Irrigation Development in Zimbabwe falls under the Ministry of Agriculture. It is responsible for the country’s agricultural irrigation development services. It strives to offer these services at utmost level of transparency, accountability and professionalism to the benefit of all irrigation stakeholders and sustainable economic development of Zimbabwe. Its core-values are: timely service delivery, honesty, integrity, professionalism and accountability. The organisation’s focus is on overall planning, designing, construction, suitable operation, maintenance and management of irrigation schemes, irrigation research and the provision of irrigation development, advisory and regulatory services to irrigation clientele.”
How do you – through this MBA – hope to contribute to improving the situation?
“Among other strategies, there is a need to frame policies that are aligned to promote sustainable use of water resources. This may include assessment of pricing policy for water services and arrangements for cost recovery.”
How do you find the programme so far and what has been the eye-opener?
“I am so excited about the programme! It was designed with busy working professionals in mind and its innovative approach is flexible. It has lived to my expectation and I am motivated to turn my entrepreneurial dreams into reality. Its emphasis on learning to learn (Action Learning) has been my key learning point and an eye-opener so far.”
What personal or professional skills do you hope to improve during the programme?
“Through this esteemed MBA, I hope to develop both personally and professionally. The active learning and reflection approach will enhance my managerial and leadership skills allowing me to become better in decision-making and creativity. I also hope to develop complex problem-solving techniques.”