Sibusisiwe Caroline Kamanga-Limuwa received her Master's from the University of Nairobi for her research titled: “Soil Fertility Gradients: Effects of Long-term Fertilizer Application on Soil Properties, Striga Density and Maize Yields.” Ms. Kamanga-Limuwa is known for her strong passion for effective leadership and the ability to make a difference in the agricultural sector. She has a background in forestry, and this led her to her research soil fertility and the use of fertilizers in the African context, and how this could help contribute to improved livelihoods. She was awarded a Borlaug LEAP Fellowship in 2012 and she remains grateful for the opportunity to conduct her research at the University of California, Davis, where she was able to access more technologically advanced equipment than she would have otherwise been able to use at her home institution. She completed her studies and graduated with her Master's in August 2013. Prior to graduation, thanks to the networks she created via the fellowship, she secured a job as a program manager with the Civil Society Agriculture Network (CISANET). CISANET works to address the needs of the smallholder farmers by linking agriculture with nutrition and social protection and advocating for better agriculture policies in Malawi.
The position at CISANET gave Ms. Kamanga-Limuwa the opportunity to work in a leadership position in the field of agriculture and lead a team of people thanks to the skills she gained from her experience in the LEAP fellowship. She also began mentoring upcoming future female agricultural scientists and, to date, has mentored five women. Two of her mentees have been awarded African Women in Agriculture Research and Development (AWARD) fellowships, two have been awarded scholarships to pursue their Masters’ degrees in agriculture with Transdisciplinary Training for Resource Efficiency and Climate Change Adaptation in Africa (TRECCA), and one has been awarded a fellowship with Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI)-Mandela Washington Fellowship.
In January 2014, Ms. Kamanga-Limuwa submitted a paper based on the research she conducted while at UC Davis to the 20th World Congress of Soil Scientists. The paper was accepted for presentation and, thanks to funding from AWARD, she was able to attend the conference in June 2014 in Jeju, South Korea. From May to July 2014, she joined the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) were she worked in partnership with the Pan African Bean Research Alliance (PABRA) and carried out various data analysis studies in order to better understand gender issues in agricultural research. She was able to write a proposal with partners from Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) in Malawi, University of Zambia, and Mulungushi University in Zambia to receive funding for a research project using biochar. She currently serves as a co-investigator for this project. In June 2015, Ms. Kamanga-Limuwa joined the Clinton Foundation and is currently serving there as their Trees of Hope Manager at the Clinton Development Initiative in Malawi.