Stonard has 11 years’ experience in grain handing, storage management and fumigation. He did his professional studies at Nasawa technical college in Zomba and short term studies at Bvumwe Agricultural Research Station in Thyolo. He has also attended courses in grain storage management and basic grading facilitated by Sierk YBema grain services from South Africa which has given him a solid foundation of theory to be applied to his working practice.
Stonard worked for 5 years under a Marketing Linkages Initiative USAID funded storage facility project as a warehouse manager at Mponela in Dowa district dealing with stocks receiving and dispatches. He was also training farmers on post-harvest grain handling and storage management on hunger and poverty reduction under Presidential Initiative.
His 6 years with ACE/CSL has seen him work for the first 3 years in Dowa district as a warehouse manager and another 3 years in Mchinji and Salima districts as a Regional warehouse manager where he took on additional leadership and auditing functions of warehouse managers in his assigned districts – his leading roles included supervision, inspection, carrying out fumigation services, records keeping and reports submissions across sites to senior management team.