CORAF is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Emmanuel Kouopkwa Njukwe as Director of Research and Innovation, effective October 1, 2021.
Dr. Njukwe, a national from Cameroon, brings over two decades of experience in research and development with a focus on scaling out innovations to small-holder farmers.
Dr. Njukwe was, until his nomination working as country representative of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Burundi. A position he has held since 2018.
“I am delighted that Dr. Njukwe will be joining the senior management team of CORAF to sustain the momentum towards boosting prosperity and strengthening food and nutrition security in West and Central Africa,” said Dr. Abdou Tenkouano, Executive Director of CORAF.
“It is no secret that our food system is under considerable stress. The COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, soil degradation, post-harvest losses, inadequate policies, etc., have only made the job of achieving zero hunger by 2030 much harder. We expect that Dr. Njukwe will support us in bring the relevant research and scientific solutions to the end-users to transform our agriculture industry.”
A holder of a Ph.D in agronomy from Kyoto University in Japan, Dr. Njukwe, until recently serving IITA in a dual capacity: coordinator of World Bank-supported projects in Burundi and IITA Burundi country representative. A position that allowed him to coordinate partnerships in the African Great Lakes region with a particular focus on out-scaling technologies and training tools to the end-users.
Dr. Njukwe is fluent in English and French and experienced in project development, management, and evaluation, focusing on participatory germplasm evaluation, including crop and soil management. Dr. Njukwe has received multiple awards and certificates for his contributions to innovative scaling up approaches of innovations. In addition, he has published many articles in recognized scientific journals around the world.
“The opportunity to provide my contributions towards the food and nutrition security of more than 430 million in West and Central Africa was one that I could not turn down. I am really excited by the challenge and look forward to supporting the management of CORAF in the achievements of its strategic priorities,” said Dr. Njukwe.