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Dannie Romney Global Director, Knowledge for Development

T: +254 20 72 24450


CABI, Canary Bird, 673 Limuru Road, Muthaiga, PO Box 633-00621, Nairobi, Kenya

I joined CABI Africa in February as the Coordinator for Knowledge and Innovation Systems, having previously worked at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).

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 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 played a key role in developing ILRI commitment to using innovation systems perspectives to increase the effectiveness and impact of research.

At CABI Africa in Nairobi, having previously taken on responsibility for developing and managing a portfolio of projects, my remit is now to oversee all projects within the knowledge for development 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. I hope to demonstrate the use and effectiveness of these approaches in a practical manner. I also recently took over management of an EU funded project which aims to increase community based forecasting of armyworm in order to control it.

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Africa soil health

Poor soil fertility is a key constraint to improving farm productivity and livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa. It is now widely recognized that increased fertilizer use, integrated with other soil fertility management practises is the way forward. The Africa Soil Health Consortium (ASHC) brings together...
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Optimizing Fertilizer Recommendations in Africa (OFRA)

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...
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Gender and the Legume Alliance

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...