MSc In Zoology with Specialisation in Entomology; BSc in Botany, Chemistry and Zoology
I joined CABI in 2013 where I coordinate CABIs global Plantwise programme at a regional level in Asia. This includes creating a strategy for the programme according to country needs. This involves coordination between the programme board and country teams implementing the programme. This includes establishing linkages with Plant Health Stakeholders in the country and establishing advisory systems that support smallholder farmers to manage pests and diseases in their crops. I also facilitate the 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.
In addition to my time at CABI, I have over 18 years experience working in various fields of biological control of crop pest and pathogens. This includes working on the biocontrol of weeds, studies on insect behaviour with regards to semiochemicals as behaviour modifying substances, upscaling of viral biopesticides, standardising mass production and application technology of fungal and bacterial antagonists used for suppressing diseases in agricultural crops, instituting quality control tests to qualify biopesticides as per specifications and conducting trials to demonstrate their efficacy.
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.
Start: 11/07/17 -End: 30/04/18