BSc in Entomology; MSc (Hons) in Entomology with major in IPM;
Currently completing PhD in Insect Ecology
Since April 2006, I have performed different roles at CABI from project implementation, management, and business development at country and ultimately at regional level. Throughout, I have worked on several agricultural projects collaborated with government bodies and donor agencies, such as DFID, SDC, GIZ, WHH, USDA, PMI, STDF, CCI, ICCO and World Bank in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and Papue New Guinea.
I specialise in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and insect ecology and I led many IPM projects in cotton, wheat, fruits and vegetables. I have trained more than 400 agriculturists in good agricultural practices (GAP) and integrated pest management and integrated crop management (IPM/ICM) tools through participatory approaches. I also have practical experience of running biological control laboratories, their field application and assessing their effectiveness.
In my current role I perform as an Integrated Crop Management Advisor in Southeast Asia. Here, I work with various national and international stakeholders to support ICM projects and CABI’s Plantwise programme. I help develop training material and work plans, conducting trainings and undertake research activities on pest management.
The project focuses on the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) of four key economically important crops: dragon fruit, mango, longan and lichi for export to markets in the USA. It addresses the important production-limiting pests and diseases and their management. Specifically, practises based on ecologically sound IPM strategies and the use of a systems approach. We also collaborate with key international partners to train and build local capacity in IPM.
Cocoa is a highly important export in Papua New Guinea, 80% of which comes from smallholders dependent on it for their livelihoods. But, production is threatened by the cocoa pod borer. Tricky to control, it is now one of the most serious threats to the global cocoa industry. We are developing effective ways to detect and predict infestations such as evaluating improved clones and then promoting better crop management, intensification and diversification, and region-specific extension.
Start: 01/01/08 -End: 02/03/18