Grace Ngwasy Mahende

Country Manager (Tanzania), CAVA II

Grace Ngwasy Mahende is the Country Manager, Cassava: Adding Value for Africa, (CAVA II), Tanzania. She has more than twelve years of experience in the agriculture sector, where her research focused on a wide range of crops including: fruits, tea, oilseeds, tobacco and cassava.

She started her career in the tea industry at Tea Research Institute of Tanzania in 2001. At the institute, she contributed in implementing a successful value chain under the public private partnership with the WAKULIMA tea company. 

Rhoda MwanayoMahava

Zonal Coordinator, CAVA II Project

Rhoda MwanayoMahavais the Zonal Coordinator of Cassava: Adding Value for Africa Project- (CAVA II) in Tanzania. Shehas a post graduate diploma in Accountancy and MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Institute of Finance Management Dar-es Salaam and Tumaini University, Iringa, Tanzania respectively. Her research in the institutions focused on ‘Measurement of Service Quality Dimensions and their Effect on Consumer Satisfaction.’

Wilson Kivanda

Business Development Expert-CAVA II Tanzania

Wilson Kivanda is a trained Agricultural Economist from Sokoine University of Agriculture. He holds a master’s degree in Finance and Banking (MBA) from Mzumbe University,Tanzania.


He has six years work experience in the banking industry, where he was involved in different aspects of banking operations, including lending micro loansto SMEs and corporate customers. He had a stint with Private Agricultural Sector Support (PASS Trust) where he worked for four yearsas Business Development Specialist. While at PASS, he was involved in helping the unbanked masses in Agribusiness financing.

Paulo S. Enecko

Business Development Officer, CAVA II Project- Tanzania

Paulo Simon Enecko is the Business Development Officer for Cassava: Adding Value for Africa Project (CAVA II) in the Lake Zone, Tanzania. He has BSc. in Agriculture Economics and Agribusiness from Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania.

Loyce Murusuri Kaitira

CAVA II Tanzania ML&E

Loyce holds a Master of Natural Resources Management and Sustainable Agriculture from Agricultural University of Norway, Master of Business Administration; specialising in Small and Medium Enterprises Development from Leipzig University, Germany and a bachelor’s degree in Horticulture from Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania. 

Before joining CAVA II Loyce worked with Land O’Lakes Inc as a Project Coordinator under the Innovations in Gender Equality to Promote Household Food Security Program (March 2013-August 2014).  She worked with TechnoServe Inc.  as a Business Advisor in Cotton and Textile Development project (Feb 2012 –Feb 2013).

Josiana Ngowi Mgonja

CAVA II Office Management Secretary and Administrative Assistant

Josiana Ngowi Mgonja has a diploma in Administration, from Penn Foster College – Scanton Pennsylvania USA.

She has over fourteenyears’ experience in administrative work;where she was largely involved in supporting and coordinating administration activities in various organisations. Before joining CAVA II Project, Josiana worked as Office Management Secretary at K&M ArchplansLTD.