Mandela Adajagsa is a social development worker with over seven years of experience in community development. He is currently working directly with smallholder farmers, persons with disabilities and youth in the Women’s Integrated Development Organization (WIDO) as a Program Manager. The organization is based in the Bono, Bono East, Ahafo, Ashanti, and Upper West regions of Ghana, where Mandela leads a team of fifteen staff to reach out to over 8,000 smallholder women farmers to improve their livelihoods through sustainable farming in the maize, vegetables, and soy value chains. Mandela is a passionate advocate against economic discrimination of women and children, and is achieving community-oriented results through the formation of groups, networking, and partnership with NGOs and community leaders. Mandela holds a Bachelor’s degree in Integrated Development Studies and a Master’s of Philosophy in Environmental and Resource Management from the University for Development Studies in Ghana. Mandela hopes to become a renowned rural development consultant who will expand smallholder farmer’s rights within major policy frameworks.