January 10, 2012 – MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala., United States – Dr. Mohamed Badraoui, Director General of Morocco’s National Agronomic Research Institute (INRA), was elected to a three-year term on the IFDC board of directors, effective January 1, 2012. He will serve on the board’s Africa Committee.
Badraoui has more than 30 years of experience in agricultural research, specializing in soil science. His work has focused on soil fertility management and crop fertilization and fertigation; soil mapping for land management; and soil salinity management under irrigated systems for intensive crop production. He is also experienced in evaluating the sustainability of cropping systems and evaluating and refining agricultural development projects in arid and semi-arid areas.
Since 2008, Badraoui has served as the director general of INRA, based in Rabat, Morocco. INRA is a public organization dedicated to improving research for agricultural development in Morocco. The organization is responsible for increasing the modernization and competitiveness of the country’s agricultural sector.
Prior to coming to INRA, Badraoui was the director of Combating Desertification and Nature Protection for Morocco’s High Commission for Waters, Forests and Combating Desertification from 2005 to 2008. He assisted in the implementation of government policies regarding resource conservation and sustainable rural development.
For more than two decades (1981-2005), Badraoui provided training and continuing education for professionals in science and technology as professor of soil sciences at the Institute of Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine (IAV) Hassan II in Rabat. The institution conducts innovative research in agriculture, rural development and natural resource management.
Badraoui also is the secretary general of the Morocco National Council on the Environment and a member of the High National Council on Water and Climate. From 2005 to 2007, he was vice president of the Science and Technology Committee of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).
Badraoui has been the president of the Moroccan Association of Soil Science since 1992. He has authored a number of scientific publications and is a member of several additional soil science associations.
A Moroccan citizen, Badraoui holds a bachelor’s degree in general agronomy and a master’s degree in soil science from IAV Hassan II. He earned a Ph.D. in soil chemistry, mineralogy and fertility from the University of Minnesota (United States).
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