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    Hi all,

    I’m Bethany. I am a current Masters student at the University of Melbourne looking at livestock nutrition, extension systems and food sustainability. I lived in Sudan, South Sudan and Kenya for a time and while I haven’t had the opportunity to be back in a research capacity I would love to do so in the future.

    I thought I might open up this forum space as an invitation for anyone interested in establishing a Africa RAID Network or with special interests or connections to African nations.

    Introduce yourselves below!

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    Hey there,

    My name is Babatope. Although I am a Nigerian, I am currently a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and a lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, University of Fort Hare, Alice, South Africa. I am an Agricultural and Resource Economist with a special interest in Sustainable Agriculture with an emphasis on rural households’ food security while safeguarding environmental health. My ongoing research collaborations include “Moringa Oleifera, The “Miracle Tree”: Let’s Bridge the Gap Between Science and Human Consumption” with French colleagues and “Climate change mitigation and adaptation benefits of wilder rangelands” with Swedish colleagues among others.

    It will be an honor to pioneer RAID in Africa and I am ALL IN for it.



    My name is Steele West and I am a recent PhD graduate at the University of Western Australia. My doctoral dissertation focused on the nexus between productive performance benchmarking and capital structure as drivers of farm business viability. I undertook my PhD whilst working periodically in Southern Africa (South Africa, Zambia, Eswatini, and Namibia primarily) with private and public sector utilities and agribusinesses. Courtesy of the Crawford Fund, I also completed a workshop in productivity and efficiency analysis for agribusinesses at Stellenbosch University in 2016.

    I am presently working towards the compilation of a country level data set to apply recent advancements in performance benchmarking in an African context. This is intended to allow me to extend my exploration of African economic integration and advancement, which was the focus of my undergraduate honors thesis at Brown University. If anybody is interested in collaboration on farm level performance or financial analysis, please feel free to contact myself at steele.west@research.uwa.edu.au.


    Hi everyone,
    I’m Emmanuel Adeola. I’m currently based in Nigeria. I hold a Masters degree in Animal Science. My area of specialization is ruminant nutrition and management. I’ve conducted few research works in the field of animal nutrition, exploring measures of addressing feed scarcity and reducing feed cost by evaluating the potentials of some unconventional feedstuffs and agro-industrial by-products as animal feed. I’m passionate about agricultural research, tackling the challenges faced by smallholder livestock farmers so as to bring about food security. It would be a great pleasure connecting and collaborating with researchers in agriculture that are concerned with the development of Africa.


    Michael Wellington

    Hi all, great to read about your work and thanks for getting the ball rolling on collaboration.

    I recently commenced a PhD at ANU investigating irrigation schemes in Zimbabwe, Tanzania, and Mozambique using remote sensing methods. I’ve also worked on analysis of household survey data from Botswana. Look forward to hearing more about your work.


    Bianca Das
    Bianca Das

    Hi everyone, thanks for your messages! So lovely to hear your experiences. We are hoping to have a zoom catch up in a few months to meet each other and share networks. If some people are keen we could also plan some ideas for the future and coordinate a little working group! My work in Africa has been somewhat limited but I did get to visit last year to the field trial I am working on for my PhD in Western Kenya. Working with CIAT (now ABC), I am looking at modelling cropping systems (using APSIM) to improve phosphorus efficiency and provide climate smart solutions to nutrient management. I am a student at the University of Queensland and the CSIRO in Brisbane.
    Warm regards,


    Abu kibet

    Hi everyone. I am Abraham Kibet from Kenya professional in Agroforestry and Rural development. Have had several experience in working with communities in Kenya on several projects mainly on rural development,climate resilience,drought resilience crops, Agroforestry. Currently am working on beekeeping project in Baringo county and previously worked in Homabay county majorly on promoting climate resilience awareness,drought resilience crops. With passion in research and development this will be a good opportunity on opening in roads in Kenya and probably the entire region to have RAID network here. I am in and can be reached through abrahamkibet8276@gmail.com.
    Thanks for the opportunity to connect


    Hi everyone. Eileen Bogweh Nchanji is a gender specialist working with Alliance of Bioversity International & International Center for Tropical Agriculture (Alliance) working in the bean program Pan Africa Bean Research Alliance. Eileen leads gender research and development across 31 countries in Central, Eastern, Southern and Western Africa. She works within the CGIAR Research Program under the Grain Legumes and Dryland Cereals working group.
    Eileen’s work entails engaging multidisciplinary teams within government, and private sector partner’s to identify and strengthen women and youth entrepreneurs through capacity building, and linkages with financial providers. She designs participatory programmes that continually involve women and youth, reducing drudgery and creating employment opportunities. In addition, she has put in place strategic processes to uphold a diverse and inclusive working culture.
    I can reached at e.nchanji@cgiar.org

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