PhD in Zoology; MPhil in Zoology with a specialism in Environmental Sciences;
MSc In Zoology with Specialisation in Entomology; BSc in Botany, Chemistry and Zoology
I joined CABI in 2013 and coordinate CABI’s global Plantwise programme in Asia. This includes creating a strategy for the programme according to country needs, coordination between the programme board and country teams implementing the programme, establishing links with in-country Plant Health stakeholders and establishing advisory systems that support smallholder farmers to manage pests and diseases. I also facilitate data management systems from the pilot stage and promote the sustainable use of data collected. I have experience in helping to reform existing country policy by integrating CABI’s approach and work closely with CABI’s Action on Invasive’s team, helping them to achieve their objectives in Bangladesh and India.
I have over 25 years’ experience in biological control of crop pests and pathogens, with a particular focus on weed biocontrol, behaviour ecology and tritrophic interactions of insects – used as semiochemicals as behaviour modifying substances.
I have 13 years of industry experience which includes working in research, production, quality control, regulatory affairs of microbial pesticides and pheromones. During this time I was engaged as a regional trainer in Asia, training extension staff on the utilisation of biocontrol and also a post-graduate teacher at an agricultural university, guiding post-graduates and doctoral students through their thesis. I have developed manuals on biocontrol and valuable content for extension workers and farmers.
I have been involved in numerous international projects funded by donors, such as USAID and FAO, as an IPM expert in biological control.
Pests and diseases often limit how much smallholder famers can produce. They affect crops both pre and post-harvest by reducing their value or making them unsafe for human consumption. Farmers try to reduce losses through a range of techniques, some of which have human or environmental health impacts. This project aims to understand and report on current crop protection practices and identify the most effective, safe and innovative options to integrate into GIZs programmes in 14 countries.