Dirk Lange, UFH

Dirk Lange is a German citizen who is fluent in his mother tongue, English and Spanish. He has worked for the Gesellschaft für Technishe Zusammenarbeit mbH (GTZ) in Germany, Washington, Latin America and the Caribbean, and especially Paraguay, the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) in Italy and Paraguay, and the Eastern Cape Department of Agriculture (ECDoA), South Africa, on numerous rural development and Conservation Agriculture projects. During his duties in Paraguay he worked closely with Rolf Derpsch, arguably one of the foremost CA experts in the world today.

Dirk was first in the Eastern Cape in 2005 while on leave, when he helped to organise, prepare and moderate a workshop on CA experiments in that province to compare soil preparation techniques, crop rotations and green manure cover crops. During this consultancy he also visited CA projects in Swaziland and Lesotho.

He then gained an MSc with distinction in Applied Development Studies from the International Rural Development Department of the University of Reading, UK, in 2006 for which his dissertation was titled 'Top-down development interventions with an adaptive approach - the case of the Eastern Cape Massive Food Production Programme, South Africa'

Dirk Lange returned in October 2006 to provide consultancy services to the ECDA, together with Richard Fowler, to identify a project and its strategy for the up-scaled introduction and adoption/adaptation of CA in the Northern part of the Eastern Cape–now the CAT project. Since 2007, he took up his present position with the University of Fort Hare (UFH) as the Project Manager of the Conservation Agriculture Thrust in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.