Mr. Benito Odala Eliasi is working with the Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU) as a Program Officer. His major responsibility includes, undertaking capacity (organizational and institutional) needs assessment for both old and new national Farmer Based Organizations in the region through consultations and developing/coordinating capacity development programs. Before joining SACAU he worked as Executive Director of Farmers’ Union of Malawi (FUM) for five years where he provided leadership and direction and coordinated all activities in accordance with the goals and objectives of the organization to promote and maintain its corporate image. To date, Benito has over 20 years of experience in providing advice to organizations on how they can enhance their capacities to effectively provide services to their members. His focus area is developing capacities in organizational strategic development, governance of organizations, policy analysis and negotiations to influence policies, advocacy as well as building and maintaining strategic partnerships with relevant stakeholders.