Macpherson Nthara (Malawi)
Chief Land Resources Conservation Officer
Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, Malawi
Master of Integrated Water Management
2013/14 IWC Alumni Ambassador (Malawi & Tanzania)
Since graduating in 2012, Macpherson has gone back to Malawi where he currently works as a Chief Land Resources Conservation Officer for the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security. Macpherson also acts as Secretary General for the Rainwater Harvesting Association of Malawi.
What did you enjoy the most while studying at IWC?
“The learning environment was excellent: from the course material presented by experts in their fields to the interactive nature of the course delivery. The methods of assessment used by IWC suited an adult learner like me. This degree has broadened my horizons on water management issues. It has taught me to think outside the box and, lastly, but not least, it has given me confidence to argue and put across my points during conferences or meetings.”
Has your IWC Masters degree helped you in achieving your career goals?
"Since working as a Chief Land Resources Conservation Officer, our office has been facing many challenges and the need for integration cannot be over-emphasised. My work involves capacity building in land and water management, land use planning, policy analysis and programme development. I am also involved in rainwater harvesting initiatives across the country both as a practitioner and consultant.
In my current role, I have to work with a number of people from other sectors who have an interest in the land. By applying integrated water management principles, we have been able to avoid sectoral conflicts and promote equitable use of the land based resources."