Anne-Cécile Delwaide is an independent management consultant with a background in agricultural economics and agricultural engineering. She has various international experiences in both private and public sectors. She led the development and implementation of an alternative financing mechanism derived from traditional contract farming in Malawi; the Chithumba model. Anne-Cécile promotes evidence-based strategic approach to rural development. In 2018, with support from MEDA and under the INNOVATE initiative; she conducted a case-study assessing the demand and uptake for the services offered under the Chithumba model. She currently provides project management services in the water infrastructure sector to local government in New Zealand.