PLENARY SPEAKERS

Lead Speakers for Symposia

Dr. Chiji OjukwuKeynote Speakers

Dr. Chiji Ojukwu is Director, Agriculture and Agro-Industry Department, African Development Bank, Cote d’ Ivoire. He was Manager, North, East and South Regions in the Agriculture and Agro-Industry Department (2007 – 2010), Regional Director, at the Bank (2011 – 2013). He also held positions of senior, principal and chief agricultural economist from 1997 to 2007. He has taught and written many papers in the area of project analysis He holds a Ph.D. and a Master’s Degree in Development Economics and Project Planning from the University of Bradford, United Kingdom and a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture (Agricultural economics) from the Obafemi Awolowo University,  Ile-Ife, Nigeria.

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Dr. Marco WopereisDr. Marco Wopereis is Director General AVRDC-The World Vegetable Centre Shanhua, Taiwan. He has global expertise in agricultural science and management. He previously served as Deputy Director General and Director of Research for Development of the Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) in Benin and Director of the Annual Crops Department of CIRAD France. He also worked for the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) in Togo, the West Africa Rice Development Association (WARDA, now AfricaRice) in Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire and for the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines. His specific strengths include fostering productive, action-oriented partnerships for efficient and effective research among international research institutes, national research systems, the private sector and community organizations.

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N. K. KrishnaK. Krishna is Kumar Deputy Director General (Horticulture), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) New Delhi. He earned his Ph. D from University of Hawaii, USA in 1993 and served as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at UC Davis, California (2002-03). Thereafter, he was scientist (Agricultural Entomology) at the Indian Institute of Horticulture Research, Bengaluru and at various times served as Head of the Division, Chairman of Institute Technology Management Unit, Project Monitoring and Evaluation Cell; Research Management and Co-ordination Unit and; Director (In-Charge).He has three patents and more than 132 publications in peer reviewed journals. He presently serves at Bioversity International, New Delhi, India.

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Abdou TenkouanoBiotechnology, Genetic Improvement and Seed Systems

Dr. Abdou Tenkouano holds a PhD in genetics (1993) from Texas A & M University. He worked at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture and AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center. He now serves the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development as Executive Director.

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Dr. Robert AsieduDr. Robert Asiedu is a Director at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Nigeria where he leads research on Biotechnology and Genetic Improvement. He has responsibility for West Africa. His previous positions include Deputy Director, Program Leader, and Project Coordinator. He worked at CIMMYT, Mexico before joining IITA.

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Dr. Folake SamuelNutrition, Recreation and Health

Dr. Folake Samuel holds a B.Sc (Food Science and Techniology), M.Sc and Ph.D (Human Nutrition ) degrees. She had postdoctoral training at the Centre for Sustainable Livelihoods, Vaal University of Technology, South Africa. She is a recipient of the postdoctoral fellowship of African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD). She is also Co-Principal Investigator, Bioefficacy Trial on Biofortified Yellow Cassava in Nigeria in Collaboration with Wageningen University funded by Harvestplus (2014 to date), Editor-in-Chief of the Nigerian Journal of Nutritional Sciences and Head, Department of Human Nutrition, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Her interests straddle the Agriculture, Nutrition and Health nexus.

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Dr. Dyno KeatingeClimate change mitigation and adaptation strategies along the value chain

Dr. Dyno Keatinge has global expertise in crop agronomy and he has worked at ICARDA, IITA, ICRISAT and AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center. He is CEO of Tropical Agricultural Development Advisory Services (TADAS).  His driving concern is to help attain the indicators of Sustainable Development Goal 2 and abolish malnutrition worldwide.

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Hon. Prof. Dr. Karamoko DiarraHigher Education, Extension and Gender Issues

Hon. Prof. Dr. Karamoko Diarra holds two PhD degrees in Life Sciences from Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar where he has worked since 1989, he has worked as a consultant to many prestigious institutions and NGOs. He coordinates a Masters Program in Agroecology and a Doctorate Program in horticulture. He is the Vice-President of the African Association of Insect Scientists (AAIS) and the current President of the Entomological Society of Senegal (ESS). His broad research interests include sustainable management of horticultural production systems, entomology, biodiversity studies in relation to environment and its use as bio-indicator of pollution, wastewater and its impact in urban agriculture.  His current research focuses on ecologically-based management of insect pests in vegetable crops including and agricultural practices and landscape management.

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Dr. Remi KahaneDr. Remi Kahane has been research manager for the last 14 years with CIRAD, but previously worked for 15 years for a farmers’ cooperative based in a national research center (INRA) in Dijon, Burgundy, as an onion breeder. Betweeen 2006 and 2013 he was the Executive Secretary of the world initiative GlobalHort, successively based in Taiwan, Tanzania and Italy (FAO). In 2014,  he  became the Editor-in Chief of the scientific journal “Fruits” and deputy manager of the EU-funded PAEPARD . Since 2014, Dr. Kahane has chaired the ISHS-Commission on education, training and consultancy (CMET) and he also serves as Vice-President on the organizing committee of the IHC2022 in Angers, France.

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Janice OlawoyeJanice Olawoye became a Professor of Rural Sociology in 1998 at the University of Ibadan, where she taught for 38 years and served in various capacities including Head of Department Agicultural Extension and Rural Development as well as the first female Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry.  She has developed expertise in social issues related to sustainable rural development, gender issues and social impact assessment.  She has over 70 publications in journals, chapters of books and other professional outlets and has carried out over 60 consultancy assignments for international and national development organizations.

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Dr. Thibaud MartinIntegrated pest and disease management

Dr. Thibaud Martin is scientist at CIRAD France. He obtained his PhD (Chemistry) at Toulouse University, France in the field of insecticide resistance mechanism of Helicoverpa armigera. He has vast experience in collaborating with African entomologists on themes which include crop protection in cotton with focus on insect resistance management strategy, farmer phytosanitary practices and the impact of agrochemicals used on cotton and vegetable, reduction of the use of chemical pesticides in growing cabbages. He is currently Senior Scientist (Plant Health) at ICIPE, Kenya where he leads a multidisciplinary research group of scientists   evaluating the efficiency of netting technology for protecting local and exotic vegetables under diverse climatic conditions

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Dr. David LadipoIndigenous and Underexploited fruits and vegetables

Dr. David Ladipo is a physiological geneticist and tree improvement expert. He was head of the West African Hardwoods improvement Project at the Forest Research Institute of Nigeria, and later worked at the International Centre for Agroforestry Research (ICRAF) at IITA, Ibadan, Nigeria and Cameroun as the Multipurpose Tree expert. He collected and characterized germplasm of many indigenous and exotic tree species with high potential for applications in for Agroforestry in the humid lowlands of West Africa. He is an awardee (SAA) of (IUFRO) and a Fellow of the Forestry Association of Nigeria (FFAN).

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Adebooye, Odunayo ClementAdebooye, Odunayo Clement, is Professor of Agronomy/Plant Physiology at Osun State University, Nigeria. His research focus is the study of vegetable production and stress physiology. He is the Ambassador Scientist of the German Humboldt Foundation in Nigeria and the Regional Project Manager of Canadian IDRC-GCA Project 107983 on indigenous vegetables in West Africa.

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Dr. Jane AmbukoPostharvest Handling

Dr. Jane Ambuko is a Senior Lecturer and Head of Horticulture in the Department of Plant Science and Crop Protection of the University of Nairobi. She holds a BSc (Agriculture) and MSc. (Horticulture) from the University of Nairobi, Kenya and a PhD in Agricultural Sciences (Pomology and Postharvest Major) from Tsukuba University, Japan. Dr. Ambuko is a 2012-2014 Fellow of African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) program and a 2013-2014 fellow of the Norman Borlaug Fellowship Program. She is a member the FAO High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) on Food Security and Nutrition, Project Team on Food Losses and Waste in the Context of Sustainable Food Systems. Her research interest is in Postharvest Management with a special focus on applicable low-cost technologies to reduce postharvest losses in horticultural crops value chains.

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Professor Linus OparaProfessor Linus Opara is a chartered agricultural engineer and certified food scientist. He holds degrees in agricultural engineering (BEng Hons, First Class; MEng) from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and PhD from Massey University, New Zealand. He is a distinguished Professor at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, where he holds the DST-NRF South African Research Chair in Postharvest Technology. His current research focuses on innovative postharvest technologies for reducing losses, maintaining quality and adding value to agricultural and horticultural products.

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