Mike de Klerk has 40 years of experience as a smallholder agriculture, rural development and agricultural finance expert. Mike has a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Cape Town. Mike presently lives in Pretoria and has worked widely in the Southern and Eastern African region.

Mike’s skills as a subject specialist and team leader/manager allow him to do policy/strategy analysis/formulation, feasibility studies, business planning, budgeting, due diligence assessment, mentoring, capacity building, monitoring and evaluation, workshop design, facilitation.

Mike’s previous work projects include:

  • Consultant, International Fund for Agricultural Development (for Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries): Development of an Integrated Agricultural Finance Policy Incorporating the Micro-Agricultural Financial Institutions of South Africa Programme
  • Consultant, Vumelana Advisory Fund (for First Rand Foundation/First Rand Empowerment Foundation): Land Reform in South Africa: Reform and the Strengthening of Agriculture and the Rural Economy
  • Team Leader, United Nations Development Programme: Socio-Economic Impact Assessment of Communal Land Tenure Bill, 2015 and Communal Property Associations Amendment Bill, 2015 (for Department of Rural Development and Land Reform)
  • Agriculture Expert and Technical Advisor to PositivePlanet, previously PlaNet Finance (for FinMark Trust) to undertake study in Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia ‘to develop an appropriate approach for accelerating the inclusion of women into agricultural value chains’