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, 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.
Peppercorn is a key agricultural crop accounting for 20% of Vietnam’s gross domestic product and is a rising industry in Laos and Cambodia. However, non-compliance with Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards (SPS) at the smallholder farmer level is threatening exports to high-value international markets due to concerns over food safety. CABI and its partners aim to tackle these SPS issues and improve the quality and traceability in the production, post-harvest, processing, and peppercorn trade by identifying, developing and disseminating good agricultural and hygiene practices (GAP and GHP) that focus on peppercorn production in villages. By improving standards within these areas, the project will inevitably secure market access and enhance the peppercorn value chain.