Motlatjo Maputla studied agriculture at Sir Harry Oppenheimer Agricultural High School in Limpopo, his home province. He later attained tertiary education including Masters in Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development from the University of the Free State, South Africa.
After working for the National Research Foundation (NRF) placed at the University of Pretoria, and for the Limpopo Department of Agriculture and Rural Development he joined the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in 2018 under a programme called Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme – Climate Change Adaptation (CAADP) and later the Natural Resources Stewardship Programme.
He is presently with the Bio-Innovation Africa programme as a Technical Advisor. Motlatjo is passionate about rural development using climate-smart agriculture systems to mitigate the climate change catastrophe.