Janet Maro is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO – Programme) of Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT), a Non-Governmental Organization based in Tanzania that is headquartered in Morogoro. For 10 years Janet was able to establish the framework for the organization, register it and make it a renowned and reputable institution in Tanzania and abroad. She leads the SAT team which currently comprises of 54 full time staff (most of which were identified and mentored by herself). SAT operates the first centre for agroecology and sustainable agriculture in Tanzania and has trained more than 6,000 farmers individually and in groups.
Janet was born in Old Moshi Village, Kilimanjaro region and has been living in Morogoro for the past 11 years together with her husband and three children. She is a graduate of Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness and holds a Master of Science in Project Management. Janet was awarded a certificate in recognition of her achievements in the category of agriculture from the Tanzania Women of Achievement Award 2013 and was finalist for the Guardian International Development Achievement Award 2014. She has presented in events both local and international, in 2015 she was a speaker at the World Women’s Forum for Economy and Society at the EXPO Milan, Italy, in 2018 she presented the case of SAT at the 2nd International Agroecology Symposium of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, Italy.
Janet’s international experience include developing the strategy for an organization in Ethiopia for an integrated training centre and as part of the Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative, she is coordinator for research, training and extension for Tanzania.
Apart from her usual work at SAT, Janet is a Board member of the Tanzania Organic Agriculture Movement (TOAM).