ZWIDE DEXTER JEREMr. Zwide D. Jere is the Managing Director of Total LandCare,. Mr. Jere has 30 years of experience working with rural  communities in partnership with government, non-governmental and private sector organizations. This gives him a unique privilege in handling issues that cut across these sectors. His strong capability is assessing and analyzing issues/problems of watersheds and resolving conflicts arising from resource uses by the different groups will add value to the planned program. Mr. Jere’s experience has been focused on the following areas: 1) land use planning; 2) natural resources management and environmental monitoring; 3) developing, testing and promoting soil conservation and agroforestry interventions; 4) community empowerment; 5) production of user-friendly high quality extension and training materials in the form of manuals, training kits, posters, leaflets and radio messages targeting different audiences; 6) training of trainers, extension agents and farmers in agroforestry, soil conservation, treadle pump irrigation, M&E, environmental monitoring and management, PRA, annual workplan development

Mr. Jere has special skills in the use of GIS and Remote Sensing (aerial photograph analysis and satellite data interpretation) in assessing agricultural potential; environmental monitoring; mapping natural resources and infrastructure and in other applications.



Soil Survey and Land Evaluation, International Institute for Geo-information Science & Earth Observation (ITC), Holland, 1990-1991 (Pass with distinction).


Soil Survey, International Institute for Geo-information Science & Earth Observation (ITC), Holland, 1980-1981 (Pass with credit).


Agriculture, Bunda College of Agriculture, University of Malawi, 1973-1976.



Country Director, Total LandCare Malawi, Lilongwe. Involved in registration and establishment of TLC in Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia and Mozambique as a non-government, non-profit organization focusing on natural resource management and agriculture. Main responsibility for coordination, management and implementation of field programs funded by diverse donors.

2000 – 2002

Project Manager, Malawi Agroforestry Extension Project, Lilongwe, Malawi. Project Management and Administration which included technical support in land-use planning, agroforestry and conservation practices.

1999 – 2000

Deputy Project Director, Malawi Agroforestry Extension Project, Lilongwe, Malawi. Responsible for providing administration, management, communications, and technical support to the Project Director.

1998 – 1999

Extension/Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist, Malawi Agroforestry Extension Project, Lilongwe, Malawi. Served as the chief extension/monitoring officer to coordinate and build the implementation capacity of field partners by improving extension, training and monitoring programs.

1992 – 1998

Divisional Head of the Land Resources Conservation Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, Mzuzu ADD, Northern Malawi. Primarily responsible for coordination, management and implementation of a program whose mandate included natural resources surveys and evaluation, land use planning, soil and water conservation, agroforestry and soil fertility improvement, environmental monitoring and education.

1976 – 1992

Land Husbandry Officer, Department of Land Resources Conservation, Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation. Responsible for coordination, management and technical supervision of field based extension programs with a focus on agroforestry and soil conservation, land use planning and monitoring, natural resource database management.


Bunderson, W.T., Z.D. Jere, and R. Museka. (2008).   Final Report October 2004 to September 2008, Chia Lagoon Watershed Management Project. Volume I Main Technical Report and Volume II Annexes.  Submitted to USAID Malawi March 2008.

Bunderson, W.T. and Z.D. Jere. (2008). Management for Adaptation to Climate Change:  An Integrated Model for the Central Watersheds of Lake Malawi. Paper presented to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway.

Bunderson, W.T. and Z.D. Jere. (2008). A strategic framework to support adaptation to climate change among rural communities in Malawi. Paper presented to the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Lilongwe.

Bunderson, W.T. and Z.D. Jere. (2007).  Human Resource Management Policy Manual for Total LandCare:  Volume I, Malawi, Volume II Tanzania; Volume III Mozambique.

Bunderson, W.T., Z.D. Jere, T. Wushke and P. Garside. (2006).   Crop diversification in the Chia Watershed with Improved varieties of rice and beans.  Paper submitted to USAID and the American Embassy in Malawi, November 2006.

Hayes, I.M., Z.D. Jere, W.T. Bunderson, G. Cornish and M. Mlozi Banda. 2002. Field Manual for Treadle Pump Irrigation in Malawi. Total Landcare No. 1. Lilongwe, Malawi.

Bunderson, W.T., Z.D. Jere, I.M. Hayes, and H.S.K. Phombeya. 2002. Landcare Practices in Malawi. MAFE Publication No. 42. Lilongwe, Malawi.

Noel J.C., W.T. Bunderson, I.M. Hayes and Z.D. Jere. 2000. Proposed Extension: Land Resources Conservation Department MAFE Project, Landcare Phase. MAFE Publication No. 31. Lilongwe, Malawi.

Bunderson, W.T., Z.D. Jere, Hayes, I.M., O.M. Itimu and D. Hardesty. 1999. Best-Bet Agroforestry and Soil Conservation Practices: Booklet Series No. 1. MAFE Publication No. 28. Lilongwe, Malawi.

Bunderson, W.T., Z.D. Jere, Hayes, I.M., O.M. Itimu, S.J. Nanthambwe, N.J. Mulenga and A. Umphawi. 1999. Community-Based Monitoring and Evaluation of Agroforestry and Soil Conservation in Malawi: Reference manual with data sheets on community-based assessments, transect and homestead surveys. MAFE Publication No. 24. Lilongwe, Malawi.

Kanyinji, C., Z.D. Jere, A. Saka, D. Bodzalekani, S. Mwakasungula, R. Kumwenda and  A. Khonje. 1998. National Program Document on the Government of Malawi/ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Special Program for Food Security (SPFS). Lilongwe, Malawi.

Ebonge, A., Z.D. Jere, M. Kapila and J. Pannot. 1998. Land Availability Component, a Component Study of the Customary Land Utilization Study. Lilongwe, Malawi.

Jere, Z.D. 1998. Land use/cover change analysis according to land tenure type in the Nyika National Park and Vwaza Game Reserve Border Zone Development Project area, Northern Malawi. Mzuzu, Malawi.