Mabel is a Rural Development Specialist/Policy Analyst and a Development Facilitator with a PhD degree in Social and Economic Geography from Lund University in Sweden. She also holds a Masters degree in Policy Studies from the University of Zimbabwe. Mabel’s first degree was in Agronomy and Plant Genetics with a minor in Agricultural Economics from the University of Minnesota, USA.
Mabel has been a Programs Director at Barefoot Education for Afrika Trust (BEAT) an organization that specialises in foundational learning in rural communities in Africa. As part of her work at BEAT, Mabel has been responsible for gender, curriculum development, systems development and learning and sharing platforms. In addition, she has conducted assignments on behalf of BEAT in value chain development in dairy, horticulture and other high value commodities as part of local economic development, organizational development and many others.
Mabel has worked as a consultant in development facilitation in areas of community development, governance, local government, gender, agricultural project management, value chain development and analysis, management, evaluation, developmental communication, land reform, social capital, civil society engagement and dialogue, communications, learning and knowledge management.
Mabel Munyuki-Hungwe has had regional experience in consulting for various organizations such as NEPAD, CAADP, FAO, USAID-ZimACP (DAI), European Union, SADC’s Food Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), OXFAM, the Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU) and the Initiative for Development and Equity in African Agriculture (IDEAA) in the following African countries: Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. Mabel has worked extensively in the promotion of families in rural areas especially in Zimbabwe following the economic crisis and land reform programme that has made rural communities vulnerable in terms of food security and broken family systems.