I joined CABI’s main African office in Nairobi as the Coordinator for Knowledge and Innovation Systems and am now the Senior Global Director for Development Communication and Extension.
I have a PhD in ruminant nutrition from Newcastle University and 18 years experience of designing, implementing and managing research and development projects in tropical and temperate environments. I previously worked for the Natural Resources Institute (NRI) in the UK on projects in Africa and Asia, before joining the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in 1999. My research interests evolved from an early focus on livestock nutrition and production into a more general approach to feed resource utilisation and farming systems.
During the past few years my research interests have focused on understanding how knowledge is generated, spread and utilised.
I previously took on responsibility for developing and managing a portfolio of projects and my current remit is to oversee all projects within the Development Communication and Extension theme. I see my role as championing the innovation systems approach within CABI, working with those already taking on board these new ideas to raise awareness within the organisation.
CABI has a regional centre for Africa in Nairobi. Agriculture is essential for sub-Saharan Africa’s economic growth and yet average crop yields in Africa are among the lowest in the world. Over 80% rely on it but many face challenges in growing sufficient good quality produce.
Legume crops play a key role in household nutritional security and incomes but production is in decline. To rectify this, the Legume Alliance is trying to get information about growing common beans into as many smallholder farming households in Ghana and Tanzania as possible. This work will also look at information targeting different gender groups. Allowing them to achieve sustainable intensification that will increase incomes and help attain nutritional security in the region.
Start: 01/06/16 -End: 31/12/19
Soil fertility across much of sub-Saharan Africa is poor, which is a major constraint to improving farm productivity and farmer livelihoods. To combat this there is now wide recognition of the need to integrate increased fertilizer use with other aspects of soil fertility management. This project aims to contribute to improved efficiency and profitability of fertilizer use within the context of Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) practices.
Start: 15/07/13 -End: 15/07/17
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