Project Members

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Abubakari Mzanda IITA Tanzania
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Adilson Massimane IITA Mozambique
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Akinson Tumbure Soil Productivity Research Laboratory Zimbabwe
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Allan Ochieng

Allan Ochieng is a PhD student within N2Africa in the second phase and an Assistant Lecturer in the department of Plant Sciences, Microbiology and Biotechnology in Makerere University, Kampala Uganda. His research is focusing on understanding factors behind the erratic response to inoculation of climbing beans in Uganda, the four chapters of his research will focus on the diversity and enumeration of indigenous rhizobia in the Montane and Mt Elgon high farm lands Agro-ecological zones, checking the competitiveness of the native strains, greenhouse testing of potential strains and field trials of  potential inoculants that can be used by bean farmers to improve productivity which is embedded in the N2Africa objectives.

Uganda
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Alpha Kamara IITA Nigeria
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Andrew Farrow GeAgrofía

I am a self-employed consultant at GeAgrofía, and guest researcher Plant Production Systems group, Wageningen University, Wageningen, Netherlands. I provide spatial analytical advisory and technical services, such as environmental characterisation, socio-economic and crop modelling, statistical analysis, partner liaison, and geographical data management.

I previously worked at CIAT where I was the spatial analyst for all CIAT-Africa activities, specialising in spatial analysis of climatic variability and agricultural market chains, priority setting and targeting. I was co-leader of The Global Agricultural Trial Repository www.agtrials.org and a task force leader (2007-2008) of the Lake Kivu Pilot Learning Site, Sub Saharan Africa Challenge Programme.

The Netherlands
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Anthony Raymond Epel IITA

Anthony Raymond Epel is the N2Africa Project-Uganda, Data Analyst. He holds MSc. Research Methods Degree from JKUAT-Kenya. Before joining N2Africa, he was a part-time lecturer at Kyambogo University-Kampala; where he facilitated the teaching of Biometry, Research Methodology and Computer Applications. Prior to that, Anthony was a Research Fellow at International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE-Nairobi)-Biostatistics Unit; where he worked on Analysis of Compositional data from Insect Behavioural Studies. He has worked as a research assistant at (MAAIF)-STATFA project.  He has extensive experience in working with smallholder farmers. At N2Africa, he is responsible for developing / implementing agronomic protocols, management of agronomic trials, data (collection, analyses and management), report writing, training and working with dissemination partners among others.

Uganda
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Arnold Sylvester Amppiah IITA Ghana
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Aron Othieno IDFC

Aron Othieno is the N2AFrica Field Liaison Officer, Northern Uganda. He is a Soil Scientist with four years of experience in farmer participatory research. Interest is to develop and utilize knowledge in supporting and improving agricultural productivity of rural communities for sustainable livelihood, food security, poverty reduction and good health through working with research institutions, local communities and non-governmental organizations.

Uganda
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Ashenafi Gunnabo Hailu

I am a PhD student at Wageningen University and Research, sponsored by N2Africa Project. I was born on 17 January 1983 in Gidole, SNNPR, Ethiopia. I did Bachelor Degree in Biology (2003-2006) and M.Sc. in Applied Microbiology (2001-2011) both at Hawassa University (formerly named Debub University).

I started the current Sandwich PhD study in September 2014. My PhD study focuses on “Understanding the legume genotypes and Rhizobium genotypes interactions in Common bean and Chickpea in Ethiopia”. So far, I investigated the infectiveness and effectiveness of chickpea and common bean nodulating several previous rhizobial collections; isolated new common bean nodulating rhizobia; studying the phylogenetic diversity of both chickpea and common bean nodulating rhizobia (yet to be finished); Chickpea and common bean genotypes imported from ICRISAT India and CIAT Colombia, respectively; the genotypes were multiplied in the greenhouse; and currently running GL x GR experiment in both genotypes and their respective rhizobial strains.

Rhizobia isolation, nodulation and effectiveness test and Genotype by genotype interaction study have been underway in Ethiopia whereas molecular characterization of the rhizobial strains has been underway at Wageningen University and Research in Molecular Biology Lab.

Ethiopia
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Bamuleke Kube IITA D.R. Congo
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Basit Alabi IITA Ghana
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Bassey Ukem IITA Nigeria
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Benjamin Dzorgbenyui Ahiabor CSIR Savanna Agricultural Research Institute

Research Scientist/Pastor

Ghana
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Berasain Bernado Argentina
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Birhan Abdulkadir ILRI Ethiopia
Charlotte Schilt WUR The Netherlands
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Charlotte Schilt Wageningen University and Research (WUR)

Charlotte Schilt is responsible for the preparation of newsletters (the N2Africa Podcaster) and project administration as member of management team for N2Africa. She is the face behind n2africa.office@wur.nl

The Netherlands
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Comfort Ojo Nigeria
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Connetie Ayesiga IITA

Is the Business Development Officer, N2Africa Project-Uganda. She is a Social scientist and holds a Masters of Arts in Rural Development from Makerere University with five years of experience in facilitating Business Development Services among smallholder farmers with a focus on Agribusiness, Market Development, farmer organizational development, project implementation and Monitoring and Learning.

Interests: Reading, travelling and working with the vulnerable people

 
Uganda
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Daniel Brain Akakpo IITA Ghana
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Eric Doe IITA

Eric Doe is the Business Development Officer (BDO), N2Africa project-Ghana. He holds an MBA in Project Management with a strong agricultural development background from first degree. He is a meticulous BDO who beliefs in team work to deliver great performance. Has over ten (10) years experience working with smallholder farmers and value chains, in agricultural production systems and agribusiness development.

With strong strategic management and stakeholder's engagement skills. He is the unofficial deputy to the country coordinator.

Ghana
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Esther Chinedu Nigeria
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Esther Ronner WUR

Esther Ronner is doing her PhD within the N2Africa project and is based at Wageningen University. Her PhD focuses on the effects of the large-scale dissemination of improved legume technologies on smallholder farmers. She assessed the implications of variability in soybean yield observed on farmers’ fields in northern Nigeria, and is currently working on the co-design of improved climbing bean production practices and their adoption and adaptation among smallholder farmers in highlands area of Uganda. Before starting her PhD, Esther Ronner was involved in the initiation of N2Africa project activities in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda during the extension of the project to these three countries, and in data analysis of agronomy, demonstration and dissemination trials and impact assessment.

Esther holds an MSc in International Land and Water Management from Wageningen University and an MSc in International Development Studies from Utrecht University. She gained field experience in Kenya and Mali, and at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Netherlands
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Eva Thuijsman WUR

Eva Thuijsman works with N2Africa as a research assistant.

The Netherlands
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George Ucheibe IITA Kubwa

Ucheibe George is the Business Development Officer, N2Africa Project-Nigeria. He is a social scientist and holds two Masters degrees in Development Studies and Banking & Finance from Bayero University Kano, Nigeria with over nine years of experience in facilitating Market Linkages, Trainings and Monitoring among smallholder farmers with a focus on Partner Management, Agribusiness, Market Development, Farmer Cooperative Strengthening, Project implementation & Monitoring and Learning.

His Interests include: Reading, Travelling, working with smallholder farmers and listening to rock music.

Nigeria
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Ibrahim Muhammad Kadafur IITA Nigeria
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Ilse de Jager Wageningen University and Research centre (WUR) The Netherlands
Isaac Balume Kenya
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Isaac Chabata University of Zimbabwe Zimbabwe
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Jajua Mohammed IITA Nigeria
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Jibreel Mohammed Basit Urban Agriculture Network-UrbANet Ghana

Development Practitioner

Ghana
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John Ssekamwa IFDC

John Ssekamwa is a Field Liaison officer, Eastern Region, N2 Africa, Uganda. He is a Soil scientist with four years of experience in farmer participatory research and agronomy. John’s interests Improvement of farmers’ livelihoods through deployment of yield enhancing technologies and to deepen my knowledge and analytical skills through interaction with farming communities and researchers  from diverse disciplines.

Uganda
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Joseph Abikoye IITA Nigeria
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Josephine Ongoma Kenya
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Justine Onyinge IITA Uganda
Kisetu Nassary Eliakira Tanzania
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Kojo Ahiakpa Ghana
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Labija Enemona Blessing IITA Nigeria
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Lorraine Odhiambo IITA

Kenya
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Mark van Wijk The Netherlands
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Mazvita Murwira SPRL Zimbabwe
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Mwantumu Omari IITA

Miss Mwantumu Omari is a career scientist with Msc in Agricultural Economics and BSc in Food Science and technology at Sokoine University of Agriculture. Since 2012 to date, she has been working with International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Currently she is working as Business Development Officer under N2Africa Project “Putting Nitrogen Fixation to work for smallholders farmers in Africa. Previously  Mwantumu she was working as  food technologist under CFC program on “Small scale cassava processing and vertical integration of the cassava subsector in Southern and Eastern Africa-Phase II (CFC/FIGG/43)” specifically to monitor, supervise and coordinate cassava processing technologies activities to cassava processors, cassava smallholders farmers and other related actors along the cassava value chain. Mwantumu has experience on working with national and International organization including Kilimo Trust, TAGMARK, SUA, TADENA, and WOPATA in promoting agriculture technologies, income, food and nutrition security to small holder’s farmers in Tanzania.

Tanzania
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Nancy Karanja University of Nairobi

Professor in Soil Ecology, and Director of Microbial Resources Centre,University of Nairobi. She has may years of  experience in BNF with legumes in SAA including managing inoculant production and use by farmers.She has also coordinated urban agriculture and it plays in ddressing food insecurity and livelihoods to the urban poor and rother elated issues  in SSA and has published widely in this subject. She is involvedinsupervising three MSc students at the  University of Nairobi ,under the N2Africa project.

Kenya
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Osman Fudailu IITA Ghana
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Racheal Nerima IITA

 Racheal Nerima is the Finance/Administrative Assistant N2Africa Project-Uganda,. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and certificate in Strategic procurement and logistics Management.  Prior to joining the N2Africa, she was the Grants and Projects accountant, college of Agricultural & Environmental sciences, Makerere University; She has experience in Finance/Administration of donor funded projects. She is responsible for coordinating and providing administrative and logistical support, and maintaining financial records and budget monitoring.

Uganda
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Robert Atawura IITA Ghana
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Roger Rukundo Rwanda
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Samuel Mutuma Patrick Ministry of Agriculture

Involved in follow up analyses of EIA data

Kenya
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Shehu Dandago Mahammad IITA Nigeria
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Tamiru Amanu ILRI Ethiopia
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Tatenda Kainga University of Zimbabwe Zimbabwe
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Wytze Marinus WUR The Netherlands