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David Onyango Plantwise Communications Expert

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

Qualifications

BSc in Agricultural Education and Extension; MSc in Agricultural Information and Communication Management

I have worked for CABI since June 2013. Here, I manage development communications projects aimed at helping farmers lose less of their yield to plant health problems as well as raising awareness of the Plantwise programme in Africa. This entails overseeing the planning and implementation of mass extension campaigns using appropriate, locally relevant and gender inclusive communication channels with partners in 12 countries. This contributes to empowering 30 million target farmers with plant health knowledge by 2020.


I also coordinate the Africa centres' corporate communications with support from the global and regional communications teams in conceptualizing and producing news items on CABI Plantwise activities and developments for use on external and CABI news dissemination channels.


Furthermore, I manage engagement with existing and potential Plantwise partners including support of regional events, workshops and other face-to-face meetings in Plantwise implementing countries across Africa.


I also coordinate the relationship between the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) and CABI. This is through building capacity to enhance access and usage of CABI’s agricultural research information, with an overall goal of strengthening tertiary agricultural education.

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