Burkina Faso Consulting Team
Dr. Abdalla Dao
Dr. Abdalla Dao is a plant breeder at Institut de l’Environnement et de Recherches Agricoles (INERA), a national agricultural research institute. He conducts research and development (R&D) on maize, wheat, and quinoa, with focus on yield improvement, diseases resistance, adaptability to climate change, and genetic diversity. He coordinates the production of maize early generation seeds at INERA. Abdalla collaborates with national and international seed companies in his research, and with government organizations to test new maize varieties. He trains maize seed growers and postgraduate students in agronomy. Abdalla is a Mandela Washington fellow for Young African Leaders Initiative and Borlaug fellow. Abdalla completed his Ph.D in Plant Breeding from the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) at the University of Ghana, Legon.
Dr. Valentin S. Edgar Traore
Dr. Edgar Traore is a Research Associate with the National Agriculture Research Institute in Burkina Faso (INERA). As the principal rice breeder his research activities are focused on developing new high-yielding, disease-resistant rice varieties with good grain quality as well as developing high-yielding and nutritious okra varieties to address hidden hunger (malnutrition) in Africa. He works as a seed expert with the Ministry of Higher Education/Research and Innovation in the Smallholder Agricultural Productivity Enhancement Program for Sub-Saharan Africa (SAPEP). His role in the project is to supervise INERA breeders in the process of rapid approval of new crop varieties adapted to SAPEP intervention areas. He also supervises the breeders' activities for the production of early generation seed and foundation seed in partnership with privates seed companies. Dr. Edgar holds a PhD in Plant Breeding from West African Center for Crop Improvement (WACCI) / University of Ghana-Legon.
Burundi Consulting Team
Astere Bararyenya is a research scientist at National Agriculture Research institute (ISABU) with over 16 years of experience in agricultural research and development. His main focus is potato and sweet potato breeding and variety release. Mr.Bararyenya is a passionate advocate for improving smallholder farming systems and has produced several publications on Burundi’s seed industry including the Burundi seed sector development assessment, the seed entrepreneurship assessment and the development of the Burundi seed policy and regulation protocols. Mr. Bararenya has led several research projects on enhancing small-scale seed quality at local and regional levels. Astere holds a Master’s degree in Agricultural Sciences and Engineering from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) and is currently finalizing his PhD research in plant breeding and biotechnology at Makerere University.
Ernest Vyizigiro is a researcher at Burundi National Agricultural Research Institute (ISABU) with over 10 years’ experience in agricultural research and development. He has designed, implemented, and monitored several agricultural projects; and worked with farmers’ organizations, NGO’s, and the private sector on seed value chain initiatives. He worked with the National Biotechnology Laboratory at Gisozi Research Station for four years, during this time he was the head of research on vegetatively propagated crops including Potato, cassava, sweet potato, banana and taro. He is currently the head of Gisozi Regional Research Station and manages the Potato Research program there. He holds a Masters’ degree in Crop Science from Makerere University and a Bsc in Biotechnology from Mostaganem University (Algeria) and has attended professional trainings on seed systems in Belgium and Kenya.
Côte D'Ivoire Consulting Team
Dr. Louise Akanvou
Dr. Louise Akanvou is a maize breeder, senior scientist, Head of the Genetic Resources Department at the National Agricultural Research Center in Côte d'Ivoire. Her responsibilities include coordination of genebanks for conservation of cash crops, food crops, and animal genetic resources; management of data on genetic resources, documentation of exchanged genetic resources, authorization permits and phytosanitary certificates. She also works to make foundation seed of promising varieties available to seed producers and to farmer groups for multiplication. She is supervises masters and PhD students and also consults on studies related to climate change and plant varieties with national and regional institutes.
An agricultural engineer with degrees in agronomy and agricultural economics, Esse Kouadio has served as the Deputy Director of the Seed Control and Certification bureau of Cote D’Ivoire, responsible for the maintenance of the national catalogue of species and varieties cultivated in the country. He brings 32 years of experience in agricultural development projects and programs. In addition to his deep knowledge of seed production practices and certification, Mr. Kouadio is also well versed in biotechnology and biosecurity issues related to the sector. He has consulted as an agricultural economist for projects with the FAO, both nationally and internationally.
Ingénieur Agronome, Titulaire d’un Diplôme d’Agronomie Approfondie (DAA) en Agroéconomie, option Développement Agricole, mention Commerce International des Produits Agricoles (INA PARIS Grignon), je suis depuis Juin 2004, Sous-Directeur des Semences et Intrants, Responsable du Service Officiel de Contrôles et de Certification des Semences végétales et chargé de l’élaboration des Catalogues des Espèces et Variétés cultivées en Côte d’Ivoire. Je totalise 32 ans d’expérience dans les programmes de développement agricole. En plus des connaissances approfondies dans le domaine de la production, du contrôle et de la certification des semences, je possède aussi des connaissances en Biotechnologie et en Biosécurité. Je suis Consultant en Agroéconomie à la FAO dans l’exécution de plusieurs projets au niveau national et international (Guinée-Bissau).
DR-Congo Consulting Team
Christophe Asanzi holds a PhD in Entomology-Plant Pathology with several professional papers and publications to his name. He has over 40 years of experience in agricultural research and development through the distribution of improved crop technologies (varieties and cultural practices), teaching and management. He dedicated 14 years to maize research focusing on integrated pest management, disease control and seed multiplication. Christophe worked with World Vision International in several management positions for over 19 years. He was instrumental in the design and implementation of research and capacity building programs that benefited research technicians, extension agents and small holder farmers in South Sudan, Angola, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Haiti and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He was involved in emergency response programs to save life and rehabilitate agricultural infrastructure in order to build resilience against future shocks to food security. He also served as the food security and livelihoods advisor to South Sudan. Christophe served as a consultant with Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) managing a seed system development program in Democratic Republic of Congo. In addition, he served as a professor at the Faculty of Agronomy at the National Pedagogical University, DRC. Currently, Prof. Asanzi works with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Kinshasa.
Mr. Alfred N. Mutundi holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Crop Production (Crop Science Major) from the University of Goma, DR Congo. He works with the National Seed Service (SENASEM) DR Congo. He has experience working with many local NGOs including the Research Group of Action for Eco-Development (GRAED), coordinating projects in North and South Kivu provinces. He has also worked as a facilitator for many international NGOs including Tear Funds, Action Aid International, mercy Corps, training farmers and seed producers associations. Mr Mutundi pursued a Master of Science Degree in Seed Technology and Business Management at the University of Nairobi, College of Agriculture (CAVS), Kenya under AGRA Masters Scholarship through the Capacity Building project.
Nyembo Kimuni Luciens
Dr. Nyembo holds a PhD in Agricultural Sciences. With more than 15 years of experience in plant breeding, he has published extensively on the subject in international journals. At present he serves as the Head of Department of Crop Science and Director of Plant Breeding and Biotechnology Research Unit at the Université de Lubumbashi, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences. He is also the National Vice-President of the Scientific Committee of the Congolese Network of Actors of Innovation (in french RCAI) and the Honorary assistant Director in the Office of his Excellency the National Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock of the DRC, where he represents the country in several international conferences on agriculture and nutrition.
Abdias Niangisi Utono
Abdias Niangisi Utono, 44 years old, is an agronomist; He obtained his engineering degree in 2004 at the University of Kinshasa, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences with a major in Crop Production. Expert in agricultural entrepreneurship and development of lucrative projects / business plan. He has more than a decade of experience in implementing crops that improve subsistence farmers revenue. Working with crop adaptation research and seed production projects (case of IITA, USAID, NGOs.), He has acquired a proven experience in the seed production sector (and in the implementation of crop trials). In 2016, he was awarded the title of expert in agricultural entrepreneurship and in the development of lucrative projects, within the MASHAV center in Israel. Agriculture Advisor to the Governor of the former Bandundu Province from 2012 to 2014. Several times, chief operator of projects in rural areas. He managed the largest project in the former Bandundu province, which consisted of supporting farm households in the villages with the following crops: maize, rice, groundnuts, cowpeas and cassava. Manager of the Agricultural Department of the American NGO TIFIE Humanitarian and the Catholic Religious Congregation in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Chief enlightenment officer of Independent the consulting and agricultural services company (ECOSAC).
Ethiopia Consulting Team
Dr. Bezabih has extensive experience in food security, integrated rural development, agribusiness and value chain development, market studies, institutional studies (cooperatives, microfinance), project designing and evaluation works, natural resources management, climate smart agriculture, gender analysis, WASH projects, seed, vulnerability studies, and policy analysis.
He has been involved in multiple agriculture-related consultancy projects across Africa in countries such as Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Sudan and Uganda. He has conducted assignments for organizations including Sasakawa Africa, Oxfam America, Oxfam GB, Save the Children, USAID, United National Development Programme, World Food Program, Action Aid, World Bank, Federal Cooperative Agency, IFPRI, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, among others. Dr. Bezabih holds a Doctorate in Agricultura Economics, and previously served as the Vice president at Haramaya University, Deputy Director of Research at Oromia Agricultural Research Institute (2004-2005), and is currently the General Manager of Hedbez Business PLC (since 2006).
Fikre Mulugeta Wordofa
Mr. Wordofa has more than 19 years of experience in the design, planning and implementation of development and humanitarian projects related to the seed sector, nutrition and food security, agriculture, climate change, humanitarian drought response, agribusiness and marketing. He has played a key role in the coordination of agriculture cluster, and served as the Co-Chair of the Emergency Seed Working Group under the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Mr. Wordofa holds a Masters’ degree in Agronomy from Haramaya University in Ethiopia, and has received certificates and training in seed security, humanitarian reliefs, climate change and rural development from institutions in Africa, Europe and Asia.
Ghana Consulting Team
Samuel Yao Adzivor
Mr. Adzivor has over twenty-five years’ experience in seed quality assurance systems and seed industry development. He is has served in various roles in the seed industry in Ghana including Municipal Director of Agriculture, Department of Agriculture, in the Volta Region, Deputy Director and Head of the Ghana Seed Inspection Division (GSID), Plant Protection and Regulatory Services Directorate of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Co-ordinator of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) Grant Seed Policy Action Node (SPAN) Project, Technical Representative responsible to the Plant Protection and Regulatory Services Directorate (PPRSD). Mr. Adzivor received his academic training from Delta International University of New Orleans, USA, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, and the University of Ghana, Legon.
Mr. Wobil has over 30 years working experience in the agriculture sector in Ghana. He served as the Executive Director of the Grains and Legumes Development Board (GLDB) in Ghana which is responsible for the production and distribution of foundation seed in Ghana, and also manages the National Seed Security stocks. He has also served on the Management Board of the Crops Research Institute, and on the Steering Committees of various projects. Mr. Wobil was educated at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana and the University of Reading in the United Kingdom.
Kenya Consulting Team
Kennedy Fredrick Oyugi
Kennedy holds MSc in Agricultural and Applied Economics and BSc in Agriculture. In addition to his academic training, Mr Oyugi has worked in the Kenyan agricultural sector for over 15 years. He currently serves as the Programme Officer in charge of policy advocacy at the African Biotechnology Stakeholders Forum, and has previously served as the Cooperatives Officer for the Government of Kenya in addition to providing short term consultancy services such as socio-economic impact assessments, farmer trainings, and as the rapporteur for the Seed trade Association of Kenya (STAK) 2018 Annual Congress. Kennedy has been part of Kenyan TASAI consultancy team since 2014.
Esther Mujuka is currently pursuing her PhD in Agricultural Economics at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. She has worked as a consultant for the International Center of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) and SNV, assessing the potential economic impact of integrated pest management and AgroNets. She has also worked for the Ministry of Agriculture as an agribusiness officer, coordinating the implementation of agribusiness related projects including the National seed and fertilizer subsidy programme (NAAIAP). Mujuka has considerable experience in economic analysis of development projects targeting rural households particularly for crop protection. She has published on economic impact of integrated pest management in Kenya.
Liberia Consulting Team
Alaric N. Mienwipia
Alaric N. Mienwipia holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (BSc) in general agriculture from the University of Liberia, and a Master of Philosophy Degree (MPhil) in Crop Science (Agronomy) from the University of Ghana. He has more than nine years of experience as an entrepreneur, extension agent, agronomist, and farmer, and also as a lecturer at the University of Liberia. Alaric is currently contributing to enhancing farmers and other extension agents’ knowledge, and is also interested in crop improvement and soil conservation as a way of sustainably managing the environment. He is currently serving as Assistant Director, Department of Regional Development, Research and Extension, Ministry of Agriculture, Liberia.
Quaqua S. Mulbah
Quaqua Sumo Mulbah has been working for more than ten years with farmers, agripreneurs, policymakers, and other stakeholders to increase productivity and enhance growth in the agriculture sector of Liberia. He has contributed to the implementation of various agricultural research and development projects, and has led technical capacity building programs for farmers and other agricultural practitioners throughout Liberia. Dr. Mulbah is interested in Plant Stress and Disease Management, and is currently leading an effort to develop new resilient and high-yielding varieties of rice and other food crops at Liberia's Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI). He holds a BSc. in Agronomy from the University of Liberia, and an MSc. (Crop Science) and PhD (Plant Breeding) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in the Republic of South Africa.
Malawi Consulting Team
Richard Kachule is an Agricultural Economist with a bias in Agricultural Marketing. He is currently working as a Research Fellow at the Center for Agricultural Research and Development (CARD) of the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources. He is also involved in teaching in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics offering courses in Agricultural Marketing; Seed Policy; Farm Business Management; and Policy Analysis both at undergraduate and graduate levels. Richard has strong policy analytical skills and has vast experienced in conducting research and consultancies especially in the field of agricultural marketing, livelihoods impact assessment, monitoring and evaluation of projects. He previously served as the Deputy Director for the Agricultural Policy Research Unit (APRU), a Policy Research Unit within CARD.
Mali Consulting Team
Dr. Sokona Dagnoko is a national of Mali, who obtained her Master of Science (MPhil) in Animal Science with a major in Nutrition from Laval University, Quebec (Canada) and her PhD in Plant Breeding and Genetics with minor in International Agriculture from Cornell University, Ithaca (New York). Her expertise in conventional and molecular plant breeding was acquired from the Cornell Maize Breeding Program and the Cornell Institute of Genomic Diversity. Dr Sokona’s work experience includes project leadership and implementation for organizations such as CORAF/WECARD, CTA, ISSD, AVRDC, ICRISAT and others. Since 2015, Dr Sokona has served RUFORUM as a member of its Technical Committee and recently as a member of the Steering Committee of its TAGDev project (Transforming African Agricultural Universities to meaningfully contribute to Africa’s Growth and Development) funded by the MasterCard Foundation.
Siaka Dembele holds diplomas in Plant Breeding and Biotechnology, and has over twenty years of experience as a researcher in plant breeding and plant genetic resources management. The high yield cotton varieties he helped develop are cultivated throughout Mali and in the region at large. His experience in biotechnology and biosecurity have contribute to initiatives for regional institutions such as CILSS, CEDEAO and UEMOA. Since 2007 Dr. Dembele has worked with such institutions to develop and implement harmonized seed sector policies and regulations in West Africa and the Sahel. His experience managing research teams includes guidance to several initiatives developing maize, sorghum, groundnuts, cowpeas and millet varieties, as well as agricultural research stations in Mali.
Diplômé en génétique et amélioration de plantes et en biotechnologie végétale, j’ai acquis mon expertise à la fois au niveau national (Mali) que régional (CILSS). J’ai exercé pendant plus de vingt (20) ans la profession de chercheur en sélection végétale et dans la gestion des ressources génétiques végétales. J’ai ainsi développé de nouvelles variétés performantes sur le cotonnier qui ont été produites au Mali et dans la sous région. Mes compétences dans le domaine des biotechnologie et biosécurité ont été affirmées au cours du développement de règlementions nationale et sous régionale de biosécurité pour le CILSS, la CEDEAO et l’UEMOA. Dans le domaine des semences végétales, j’ai ainsi conduit depuis 2007 la politique semencière des institutions sous régionales précédemment citées et qui a porté sur le développement et la mise en œuvre d’une règlementation semencière harmonisée en Afrique de l’Ouest et au Sahel. En matière de gestion scientifique des programmes et équipes de recherche, j’ai assuré la coordination scientifique de plusieurs programmes, notamment des cultures pluviales (mil, sorgho, maïs, niébé, arachide…), et aussi dirigé des centres et station de recherche agricole au Mali.
Nigeria Consulting Team
Dr. S. Adesola Ajayi
Professor Ajayi is an agricultural science and development expert with more than 25 years’ teaching, research, and management experience. He is an acknowledged research leader on seed systems, agricultural innovations and enterprise development, climate impacts, value chain analysis, agricultural policy dialogue and mentorship of early career researchers. He has participated in several national and continental agricultural policy dialogues and regularly facilitates national stakeholders’ meetings on seed sector development, improving crop productivity and increasing farmers’ income. He has also managed several projects for national, regional and international organizations like the National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC, Nigeria), West and Central African Council for Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), UN Women, GIZ/AFC International, Winrock International/United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Catholic Relief Services (CRS), among many others. He has trained several master, doctoral, and postdoctoral students.
Deborah Bala is a seasoned trainer, researcher, agronomist and plant breeder with over 25 years of practical experience. Her expertise is in seed testing, seed multiplication, seed distribution and training. She taught agricultural science and was for 4 years the Head of Science, Technical and Vocational Department at St. Mary’s College, Lagos. She also offered her expertise as a resource person and trainer at several seed workshops and conferences in Nigeria. Deborah served as the Agronomist and Technical Adviser to the Executive Secretary of the African Groundnut Council, Kano. Currently, she is the Principal Agricultural Officer at the North West Region of National Agricultural Seeds Council. She holds an Msc in Plant Breeding and Bsc in Agriculture – Agronomy from Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria.
Folarin Sunday Okelola
Folarin Sunday Okelola holds a Master's Degree in Seed Science and Technology and is the Senior Technical Adviser to the Director General (DG) National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC). He previously served as Regional Seeds Production Specialist for the West Africa Seed Program(WASP) coordinated by CORAF/WECARD in Dakar and was a Seed System Specialist for the World Bank funded West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP) in Nigeria. Okelola consults with many national and international organizations including the Seed Entrepreneurs Association of Nigeria (SEEDAN), African Seed Trade Association (AFSTA) and AfricaSeeds. He is also a member of the Access to Seed Index (ASTI) Expert review committee for the Regional Index for Western & Central Africa.
Adesanya Fatimoh Oluwatoyin
Adesanya is a seed expert with over 8 years of experience in agricultural research and development, science and technology as well as industry. She has extensively researched on cereals and pulses specifically rice, soybean, sesame, acha, sugarcane and castor. Her expertise is in grain quality testing, seed purity testing, grading and quality control, seed trials and grain production. She has also contributed towards food security in Nigeria through management, production and distribution of high quality seed and her participation in several national and international agricultural policy dialogues on seed development, crop improvement and productivity. Presently, Adesenya is a senior researcher at National Cereals Research Institute Badeggi, Niger State, Nigeria. She has widely trained on Plant Variety Protection, Quality Maize Seed Production and Marketing, Integrated Rice Management, Breeder seed production and Agri-Business. She holds a Bsc in Agribusiness Management from Onabanjo University, an Msc in Crop production and protection from Obafemi Awolowo University and is currently pursuing her PhD in Crop Production and Protection at Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. She is a member of the Association of Seed Scientists of Nigeria, Agricultural Society of Nigeria and Genetic Society of Nigeria.
Mozambique Consulting Team
Ms. Alda Tomo has been a researcher at the Socio-Economic Studies Center (CESE), Institute for Agricultural Research of Mozambique (IIAM) since 2005. Alda holds a Masters’ degree in Agricultural and Resources Economics from Michigan State University, United States, and a Bachelor’s in Agronomic Engineering from Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique. Ms. Tomo has an extensive experience conducting surveys and carrying out socio-economic research in agriculture and natural resources. She has worked on a wide range of topics, including: economic evaluation and impact assessment of development interventions, climate change vulnerability assessment, climate smart agriculture and early generation seed.
Maria Estrela Alberto
Mrs. Alberto has over 20 years of experience working in the field of agriculture, mainly crop varieties research and development, with focus on the rice, seed production, seed industry. She is very familiar with the Mozambican seed legislation, and the harmonized seed regulations under SADC countries, with good knowledge of public and private seed sectors in the context of Mozambique. She led the variety registration and release Repartition at the Seed Department between 1999-2005 and between 2006-2008 at the National Directorate of Agriculture. She has participated in several seed surveys across the country in collaboration with FAO and ICRISAT. She has been involved in several studies on the seed sector including a study on the Status of the Seed Security in Mozambique (2004), A brief analysis of the Vegetable Seed Industry in Mozambique (2013), An Overview on international seed companies in Mozambique (2013), among others. Maria has worked for the several seed companies in Mozambique. She is presently working at the Seed Department and, partially as the Executive Secretary of The National Seed Dialogue Platform/Association for the promotion of the seed sector in Mozambique. Maria holds a Masters’ degree Agriculture Science (Plant Breeding and Biotechnology) from the Queensland University in Australia, and a Bachelors’ degree in Agronomy (Plant Production and Protection) from Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique.
Rwanda Consulting Team
Ngerero Nkuriza Gervais
Mr. Nkuriza is an agricultural engineer who’s 38 years of experience includes lecturing at Universities, project management, and seed value chain expertise. His expertise in seed systems spans variety development, production and marketing, quality control and certification, seed policy and regulations, and plant breeder’s rights. He has worked in rural sector development and agriculture issues in Rwanda, Burundi, and Democratic Republic of Congo (RDC).
Dr. Clement Urinzwenimana is a plant breeder and seed expert. He received his PhD in plant breeding from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, in 2016. He holds two MSc degrees- in Seed Science and Technology from Sam Higginbottom Institute of Agriculture, Technology and Science, Allahabad, India, 2011, and another in Agribusiness management from the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India University, Tripura, 2011 India. He was awarded a BSc in Agriculture and Rural Development with specialization in crop production by the University of Rwanda in 1998. He has worked in various agriculture organizations in Rwanda and published five papers in peer-reviewed journals, which found that the use of improved seed can scale up agricultural production. He is a member of National Variety Release committee and Principal advisor of National Seed Association of Rwanda.
Senegal Consulting Team
Dr. Ndiaye specializes in agronomy (on-farm diagnostics, farming techniques for grains and legumes, biological nitrogen fixation by legumes, technology transfer, among other areas) and agroforestry systems (diagnosis and spatial approach on nitrogen fixation by leguminous trees in natural agroforestry systems across the country, biodegradation of pruning leguminous trees, and crop-tree interactions among other areas). Dr. Ndiaye received his Doctorate in Agronomic Sciences from the National School of Agronomy and Food Industries in France, and his Masters’ degree in Agronomy and Soil Science from the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, in the United States. He has worked extensively in the agriculture research field in Senegal, and is currently the Senior Agronomist at l’Institut Sénégalais de Recherches Agricoles (ISRA), based in St. Louis in Senegal.
Sierra Leone Consulting Team
Aiah Steven Ngaujah
Mr. Ngaujah has over 25 years of experience in agricultural research and development, and in training stakeholders in quality seed production. He started his career as a Research Assistant at the Rice Research Station in Rokupr, where he has contributed to the development of lowland rice varieties tolerant of abiotic and biotic stresses. He has also been involved in the development of rainfed lowland rice varieties with AfricaRice’s Lowland Rice Breeding Task Force and served as the Focal Point and Coordinator of Africa-Wide’s Rice Breeding Task Force activities in Sierra Leone. Mr. Ngaujah was Project Manager and Coordinator of AGRA PASS 011 Rice Project of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). He has conducted consultancy assignments on behalf of CARE International and the World Food Program among others, in Sierra Leone. He holds a BSc in Agriculture General and an MSc in Crop Science from Njala University, Sierra Leone and has co-authored a number of journal publications. He is currently a Research Officer at the Sierra Leone Agricultural Research Institute.
Dr. Momoh Yusif Turay
Dr. Turay is a seed systems expert and Director of the Sierra Leone Seed Certification Agency. He has contributed to seed sector development in Sierra Leone by championing the drafting and enacting of the Sierra Leone Seed Bill into law. He has developed manuals for seed certification and accreditation, phytosanitary certification, and variety release and registration. Dr. Turay is also in charge of the variety release system and Registrar of the Variety Release and Registration Committee, where he succeeded in developing the National Catalogue of Crop Varieties. He is also the Secretary to the National Seed Board of Sierra Leone which is responsible for providing policy guidance and overall performance of the Seed Certification Agency. Momoh holds a BSc in Botany with honors from the University of Sierra Leone, an MSc in Crop Science from Njala University, Sierra Leone and a PhD in Seed Science from the University of Reading, United Kingdom. He is married to Fanta and has two children.
South Africa Consulting Team
Professor John Derera
John is an agronomist who combines technical and business qualifications (PhD in Agronomy and MBA). His current research portfolios at the University of KwaZulu-Natal include Program Manager: Plant Breeding MSc for Africa and leader of the newly established Agricultural Research Council (ARC) - Collaboration Centre for Smallholder Farmer Development. He is a specialist in Seed Technology, Postharvest Entomology, Plant Breeding Design and Management, Data Management & Analysis. He conducts research and development (R&D) in specialty maize: green maize, popcorn, vitamin A enrichment, enhancing resistance to contamination by mycotoxins and adaptability to climate change. He is a consultant for the private sector, public sector, international research organisations and non-governmental organisations on policy, strategy and technology development. As a specialist John gives lectures and technical support to postgraduate students in West, East and Southern African Universities. John has graduated more than 35 PhDs and has published more than 100 research articles. John is married to Evelyn and they have 2 boys.
Dr. Marnus Gouse
Marnus is a researcher at the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP), a research unit conducting market and policy driven research in South and Southern Africa, in association with the Universities of Pretoria and Stellenbosch. He joined BFAP following a Gates Foundation supported Post-Doc fellowship in the Department Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development at the University of Pretoria, where he completed his PhD in 2012. Collaborating with and supported by various international research institutions and development and funding agencies, Marnus has spent most of his research and academic life studying the actual and potential socio-economic and farm-level impacts of genetically modified crops, with special focus on resource poor farmers. Marnus has been invited to various international conferences and seminars to present his research findings and experience and to contribute to a number of edited and peer reviewed books on agricultural biotechnology and its impacts and applications. Marnus’ publications have been widely read and cited - in February 2017 he had an h-index score of 13 and an i10-index score of 17.
Dr. Wynand J. van der Walt
Walt helped form the South African National Seed Organization (SANSOR) in 1989 and served as its General Manger for 10 years. In February 2000, Dr. van der Walt changed his role to SANSOR Project Manager and kept busy as director of both the African Seed Trade Association (AFSTA) and AfricaBio. He is now an Honorary Life Member of AFSTA. Walt is currently a consultant in agricultural biotechnology and has published widely on the biotechnology and seed systems in South Africa. Prior to his doctorate, Walt worked as a civil servant with the Department of Agricultural Technical Services in South Africa. Walt recieved his PhD in genetics from the University of Wisconsin, U.S.A.
Tanzania Consulting Team
Mr. Temu is an independent agronomist and consultant working with medium and small-scale farmers in Tanzania. He conducts training on various agricultural topics including land management, soil health, seed selection and management, crop protection, irrigation, among other topics. Part of the training usually entails setting up demonstration farmers (farmers field school). Mr. Temu has conducted consultancy assignments on behalf of several organizations including SCOTTS, a Dutch fertilizer company Holland, Dow Agroscience, a US company dealing in crop protection, Russell IPM UK, a - Biopesticides company, Triachem Tanzania Ltd, among others. Mr. Temu is a member of the Tanzania Horticulture Association (TAHA) and the Tanzania Coffee Association (TCA).
Filbert Mzee Nkatola
Mr. Mzee is an agriculturalist who specializes in the horticulture sector, addressing issues related to pest management, seed management, and crop nutrition. He has worked with various companies including Balton Tanzania Ltd, Suba Agro Ltd, Lachlan Tanzania Ltd, International Fertilizer Development Centre (IFDC) and ACDI/VOCA. Mr. Mzee holds a degree in Horticulture and an MBA in Corporate Management. He is a member of the several associations including the Tanzania Agro-Dealers Association (TANADA), Tanzania Horticulture Association (TAHA), Horticultural Professionals Association of Tanzania (HOPAT) and of Crop life
Uganda Consulting Team
Mr. Chris Ibyisintabyo
Chris has over 16 years experience in rural development, he has worked with private agricultural companies, agricultural projects, and farmers organizations and private sector based agribusiness associations. He worked for the tobacco industry in Uganda for 5 years both at field and at middle management level. He worked with Uganda National Agro Input dealers association for more than 3 years, where he was the programs/Agribusiness officer under the AGRA funded project; the Agro dealers Strengthening Network project for Uganda (ANSU). Chris is currently working with Uganda seed Trade association (USTA) as the Executive Secretary. He holds a masters in Business administration (Executive MBA degree) at Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI) a Bsc in Agriculture (Agric Economics) from Makerere University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Procurement and Supply chain management from Uganda management institute and a Diploma in Agribusiness and export management from Galilee college Israel.
Miriam is an agricultural economist with over 14 years of experience in the agricultural sector with specific expertise in research and development, gender, agribusiness, rural development, economic analysis, policy and advocacy. She is a seasoned coach in the areas of gender, research policy and advocacy having trained for International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), The International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF) and AgriproFocus Hub Uganda among others. She conducted extensive research work around investment opportunities in the agricultural sector for International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and later served as the head of gender mainstreaming unit at the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa, (ASARECA). Miriam has 10 years of experience encompassing gender mainstreaming, policy analysis and advocacy, market analysis and institutional arrangements with ASARECA. She has 11 publications and was involved in the development of several policy briefs for ASARECA. Currently she is serving as a coach for IFDC staff, enhancing staff gender equality competencies and developing the project gender strategies and action plans. She is also presently the Director at Green Ambiance Limited (GAL), a company focused on gender, agribusiness and rural development. Miriam holds an Msc in Agricultural Economics and a BSc in Agriculture from Makerere University Uganda.
Mr. Emmanuel Mubangizi
Emmanuel has over 30 years of balanced experience in agricultural extension, farm business management, marketing, logistics and administration of agricultural entities ranging from agricultural extension, warehousing and logistics, agricultural commodity processing, seed value chains development in Uganda, farmers associations and agro input dealer training including agribusiness and seed technology curriculum development. Emmanuel has worked as Extension officer in the Ministry of Agriculture in Uganda (ten years), Produce Marketing Board (government Parastatal as silo manager) (nine years) and Private sector seed industry in Uganda (eleven years). At the moment, Emmanuel is a Seed Business Advisor, part time lecturer at Makerere University, College of Agriculture and Environmental sciences and trainer in the private sector and Board member Uganda National Agro Dealers Association (UNADA) in Uganda. Emmanuel holds an MSc Seed Technology and Business degree from Iowa State University, a B.Sc. Agriculture (Hons.) from Makerere University, and a Diploma Business Management. He has also participated in various professional short courses related to agricultural development.
Ruth is a seed industry expert with over 35 years of experience in the private seed sector, policy environment, small holder inclusion as well as scientific aspects of research and development. She worked as the Executive Director (6 years) for Sustainable Agriculture for Rural Development (SARD), a local NGO in Uganda focusing on improving household incomes and food security among small scale farmers. She was the Executive Secretary for Uganda Seed Trade Association (USTA) Kampala, Uganda and offered her expertise in seed business development to the African Seed Trade Association (AFSTA), Nairobi, Kenya. Ruth is the founder and currently the Executive Director for the Africa Entrepreneurship and Agribusiness Center (AEAC) Gomba, Uganda, a for profit organization working to empower small holder farmers using profitable seed multiplication models. She holds an MSc and Phd in Agriculture-Plant Breeding from Makerere University. She also holds the 2006 annual award for women achievers by the Forum for African Women Educationists (FAWE) Uganda Chapter.
Zambia Consulting Team
Francisco is a Chief Seeds Officer at the Seed Control and Certification (SCCI) of the Ministry of Agriculture in Zambia. He obtained a BSc Agricultural Science Degree at the University of Zambia in 1990, Master of Science Degree in Seed Technology from Edinburgh University in 1997 and PhD in Plant Breeding from the University of Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa in 2008. He is married with two children. Francisco joined SCCI in 1991 where he has served in various capacities. He has headed all the three technical sections of SCCI namely; Variety Testing, Registration and Protection; Seed Systems and Inspections, and; Seed Testing. Between 1999 and 2004 he served as the country’s Seed Quality Assurance Manager and ensured that seed services were provided in accordance with international standards. He is a Part-time lecturer for MSc courses: Seed Systems, and Seed Science. He is currently responsible for variety testing, registration and protection in Zambia and is also a Contact on OECD Seed Schemes in his country.
Dr. Watson Mwale
Dr. Watson Mwale is a senior seed technology expert with over 37 years of experience. Skilled in program design, coordination and management, he has developed strategic partnerships between the seed industry and setting up engagement platforms at the national level. Apart from having served as the Director of the Zambia Agricultural Research Institute, he has also worked as a consultant for USAID, FAO, World Bank and the Gates Foundation in Zambia. He also serves on the board of Musika Development Initiatives Company that promotes markets and trade in agriculture in Zambia.
Zimbabwe Consulting Team
Mr. Munyaradzi Jonga
Munyaradzi is an agronomist and seed production specialist with vast experience in agriculture and the seed sector in Zimbabwe. He got agricultural research and extension experience working in the fertilizer and seed industries. His key achievements and reputation were earned in the seed industry as a Seed Production and Quality Assurance Manager for Seed Co Ltd. This function allowed Munyaradzi to be part of critical panels, committees, associations and seed systems networks dealing with seed production development and administration in Zimbabwe, eastern and southern Africa. Munyaradzi has also contributed to agriculture and seed sector development through training of seed growers and seed industry personnel during formal workshop presentations and field training. He published a practical seed production manual to assist upcoming seed growers and seed production personnel. Munyaradzi obtained BSc and Master’s degrees in Crop Science as well as an MBA from the University of Zimbabwe. Seed sector development and management has become the biggest passion for Munyaradzi.
Dr. Claid Mujaju
Claid is as the Head of Seed Services Institute of Zimbabwe in charge of Seed Certification and Control, Variety Release System and Registrar of Plant Breeders’ Rights. Claid has contributed to agriculture and seed sector development through participating in bringing acceptance of seed policy harmonization to regional member states within SADC and training seed industry personnel during formal training workshop. He has been a resource person in areas of genetic resources and seed systems for regional and international organizations. He has consulted widely on seed systems with AFSTA, COMESA, ICRISAT, FANRPAN, FAO etc. He published many research papers on genetic diversity and seed systems, and has an ever-growing passion in harmonization of seed policies. Claid holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Mathematics and Biological Sciences from University of Zimbabwe), an M.Sc. in Systematics and Biodiversity from University of Cape Town and Ph.D. in Agricultural Sciences specializing in Crop Production and Product Quality from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
Patience is a holder of both an undergraduate Agriculture Honours degree and a Masters degree in Plant Breeding and Crop Improvement. For much of her early career life, commencing in 1989, she has predominantly been practicing crop breeding, variety development, and technology transfer, having commenced with cotton variety development in public research. Subsequently, she transferred to groundnut breeding, again in public research. As a result of her early work, several successful cotton and groundnut varieties were released from the public sector research program, with some still in commercial use to date. More recently, her career also spanned the private sector, where she got involved in seed production in maize and small grain legumes. Currently, she is an entrepreneur active in fruit variety introductions, evaluation, maintenance, commercial propagation and importation of a wide range of fruit tree and nut trees, including a repertoire of deciduous, subtropical, Mediterranean fruit trees, Over the years, she has engaged in agricultural consultancies in commercial and community seed production as well as fruit tree seedling and agricultural technology transfer. Her desire is to see consumers enjoy the good value-for-use attributes that improved varieties have to offer. Patience is a founding member of the Zimbabwe Plant Breeders Association (ZPBA) and is currently Administrator of the association. She is extensively involved in voluntarism, and is currently involved with KIDZCAN, a Zimbabwean children’s cancer relief PVO.