She holds Masters of Science in Agricultural Economics and Bachelor degree in Agricultural economics and agribusiness from the same university (SUA).
Currently Ms Mapunda is finalizing her PhD in Development Economics with research project titled land rights and rural livelihood improvement in Tanzania; Opportunities or contraints? at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Ms Mapunda is knowledgeable in advanced econometrics quantitative techniques using STATA software and value chain analysis.
Moreover, she has attended a number of international professional courses; Economic Experiments in Developing Countries: Methods and Applications University of Groningen, the Netherlands and project designing, implementation, monitoring and, evaluation of microfinance and agricultural marketing projects using propensity score matching and double difference estimation techniques in Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Not only has that she also attended a course on project and time management.
Ms Mapunda has also attended Regional Training of trainers (ToT) course on gender and macroeconomic policy, planning and budgeting by gender training institute Tanzania under the Gender Networking Program (TGNP) in Dar es Salaam Tanzania.
Ms Mapunda has been actively engaged in research activities as a co-investigator in a project titled Innovations and markets for Lake Victoria Fisheries” funded by DANIDA and a principle Investigator of the project titled collaborative governance for sustainable land management between commercial and subsistence crop producers in Kilosa and Kilombero Districts, Tanzania.
The project was funded by the Center for Development and Environment (CDE) of Switzerland. She has also been involved in a project on an assessment of the nature and underlying courses of urban food insecurity and malnutrition in Tanzania. The case of Mwanza, Arusha, Dar es Salaam and Mbeya cities.
The work was funded by FAO through Bureau of agricultural consultancy and advisory service (BACAS). Academically, Ms Mapunda has attended a number of conferences; International Conference on Cooperation or Conflicts? Economics of natural resource and food, and International Conference on Food in Africa, Wageningen University, the Netherlands.
Ms Mapunda highly value multidisciplinary team work and networking.