BSc in Biology, PhD in Entomology
I joined CABI’s centre in Switzerland in 2012 as an Integrated Crop Management Advisor. This job entails working with farmers, extension workers, researchers, private industry, government representatives and other plant protection stakeholders to develop and implement sustainable solutions to agricultural problems. At present, I am programme manager for an IPM programme with the private sector which is being implemented in 12 countries around the world.
I am trained as an entomologist, and over the course of my career I have carried out studies and supported capacity building activities for plant health in more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Central Asia, Central Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.
My research has addressed topics such as herbivore host selection, integrated pest management, insect behavior, chemical ecology, biogeography, and quantitative genetics. I have used my scientific background to aid in the development of technical responses to problems affecting agriculture and the environment.
I also have experience with policy development at the national and international level. I have worked for the Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention as well as the US government. Currently, I liaise on policy matters related to ICM with international organisations such as the Food and Agriculture Organisation and the World Trade Organisation. I have been involved in the development and implementation of the Masters of Advanced Studies programme on Integrated Crop Management which is jointly organised by CABI, the University of Neuchatel and the Canton of Jura. As a lecturer, I cover policy considerations related to ICM. I have also been an adviser for theses on pesticide policy analysis.
CABI’s Swiss centre carries out applied scientific research and undertakes consultancy projects. Located in Delémont in the Canton of Jura, it is the home base for experts and students from several different countries where they research and apply their knowledge.
Pests and diseases contribute to 40% of food loss leading to food insecurity. Synthetic pesticides are the predominant control method but these are associated with negative environmental and health concerns. The extensive use of chemicals has sparked a renewed interest in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) – an effective combination of control methods and the need for new innovative ways to manage pest and disease outbreaks. There are many digital systems that have been developed to identify, monitor, manage, control and predict outbreaks of a large number of pest and disease species. These systems provide useful information to aid decision-making and timing of integrated pest management strategies. By building on the successes of existing systems and data assets, this project aims to establish a digital agricultural plant health service for efficient pest and disease management in Malawi that will benefit over 100,000 farmers.
Start: 01/06/22 -End: 30/06/27
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: 30/11/18
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