Category: Staff Highlights

Staff Highlight – Ernest Ndihokubwayo

Seed agronomist – ISSD Project (left in photo) “What is important in my work is that it provides solutions to the problems that farmers and seed purchasers face. Indeed, the use of quality seeds is minimal in Burundi, which explains the low average crop yields for farmers in the country. By demonstrating the added value provided by the use of…

Staff Highlight – Chris Holt

Senior Budget Officer and Chairman of the IFDC Safety Committee   “I am most passionate about the mission of IFDC and how we strive to help feed the world one day at a time. I have been fortunate to be able to travel to several areas where IFDC work is taking place in Africa, and I always come away from…

Staff Highlight – Yam Gaihre

Yam Gaihre, divisional soil scientist for IFDC’s Eurasia Division (EAD), joined IFDC in 2013. Learn more about Yam’s work with IFDC.

Staff Highlight – Ricky Isbell

Coordinator of Information Technology (IT) “I’m passionate about and get the most enjoyment out of helping my users with their IT needs and questions.” Ricky Isbell, coordinator of Information Technology (IT), joined IFDC in 2013. He is responsible for the overall administration of IT services at IFDC, including making IT decisions and policies. Prior to joining IFDC, Isbell was the…

Staff Highlight – Alexander Fernando

 Alexander Fernando (left in photo below), Deputy Director East and Southern Africa, with Fernando Mavie, Director of Extension, Mozambique Ministry of Agriculture (and former AIMS II staff member) at the IFDC-AIMS III booth as part of the celebrations for the 5th anniversary of the PARTI Platform meeting, Maputo, Mozambique, September 2014. “I really enjoy working on projects that strengthen private…

Staff Highlight – Joaquin Sanabria

Senior scientist – biometrician “I’m passionate about finding the solutions to complex research problems by using state-of-the-art statistical methodologies.” Joaquin Sanabria, senior scientist – biometrician, joined IFDC in 2007. He is responsible for planning and analyzing experiments and surveys associated with research and development projects for IFDC headquarters and field projects. The success of these projects very often has resulted in…

Staff Highlight – Dr. Oumou Camara

  Deputy Director, North and West Africa   I’m passionate about seeing the impact of our work on farmers’ lives. Dr. Oumou Camara, Deputy Director, North and West Africa, joined IFDC in 2005. Camara has more than 20 years of experience in agricultural economics. She previously served as IFDC Senior Portfolio Manager for the region, Senior Economist seconded to the…

Staff Highlight – Dr. Deborah T. Hellums

Dr. Deborah Hellums joined IFDC in 1979 as a research assistant. In 1986, she was named Research Associate and in 1993, Scientist – Soil Fertility. She currently serves as Program Leader of the Soil and Nutrient Dynamics Program and as the Acting Chief Program Officer, Office of Programs.

Staff Highlight – Heather Gasaway

Heather Gasaway began working at IFDC in 2009 as a Graphic Artist/Web Designer. She is currently responsible for the design, development and management of IFDC’s website, ifdc.org. In addition, she manages IFDC’s internal SharePoint site and assists with print publications.

Staff Highlight – Oscar Nduwimana

Agronomist and Soil Scientist “I am passionate about Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) and how the approach can become a reality in farmers’ minds and practices. Oscar Nduwimana is an agronomist and soil scientist who has conducted balanced fertilizer trials through the PAN-PNSEB project. Prior to joining IFDC in 2013, Nduwimana was employed at Twitezimbere in Burundi, where he maintained…

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