Category: Staff Highlights

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…

Staff Highlight – Luisa DeFaria

Senior specialist in engineering (left in photo below) I’m passionate about the new challenges faced daily due to the diversity of projects. The greatest challenge is to meet the clients’ expectations by successfully executing the projects to deliver the answers. Although IFDC works in developing and improving existing fertilizers, our clientele is very diverse, and we often have to rethink…

Staff Highlight – Udo Rüdiger

Regional agribusiness cluster development specialist – Kigali, Rwanda I am passionate about introducing new innovations. In Togo, I developed the yellow maize value chain/cluster. Chicken farmers want this maize variety because its yellow color improves the color of the egg yolk and consumers prefer eggs with yellow yolk. These eggs are more expensive, and maize farmers are getting better prices…

Staff Highlight – Grahame Hunter

Chief of party for IFDC’s Fertilizer Sector Improvement Project (FSI) in Myanmar (left in photo below) I am passionate about participating with farmers in their village activities, especially in informal dialogues. Sitting and chatting with a group of farmers is total enjoyment. They have an honesty and transparency we can all learn from. Working with and knowing them are the…

Staff Highlight – Kofi Debrah

Chief of party for the USAID West Africa Fertilizer Program and IFDC’s country representative in Ghana (holding microphone in photo). My strong desire to make a difference in the lives of the project beneficiaries is what keeps me going. I am passionate about the zeal with which farmers, soil scientists, government and particularly the print, broadcast and social media acknowledge…

Staff Highlight – Ishrat Jahan

Ishrat Jahan, IFDC resident representative in Bangladesh, has more than 30 years of experience in agricultural development. During her 22-year career with IFDC, she has successfully designed and implemented interventions that sustainably improve crop yields at the smallholder farmer level.

Staff Highlight – John Wendt

Senior Soil Fertility Expert (Right in photo below) “I am passionate about delivering balanced fertilizer solutions to smallholder farmers in Africa. Those not only result in better returns on fertilizer investments, but greater fertilizer use efficiencies and less nutrient loss to the environment as well.” John Wendt is the senior soil fertility expert for IFDC’s East and Southern Africa Division…

Staff Highlight – Celia Sylvester

Celia Sylvester, IFDC senior laboratory analyst, has more than 30 years of experience providing analytical support to IFDC’s greenhouse and pilot plant facilities.

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