The main expertise is in the field of tropical agronomy is in sustainable agriculture, crop production and extension services. Experience spans a period of 10 years in Gabon, Tanzania and India working for the Food and Agriculture Organization FAO of the United Nations. The picture gallery on this site represents this period.
During the assignments in the developing world, the focus was on developing sustainable agriculture systems. In cooperation with farmers, farming systems were developed where cropping, livestock keeping and soil conservation measures were integrated.
Crop production is my main technical expertise. Crops covered in field projects include major food crops like: maize, beans, rice, cassava, wheat as well as cash crops like: cotton, coffee and fruit trees. Projects were executed under both mechanized farming conditions as well with as small farmers conditions.
ICT and Agriculture
The combination of my experience in Agriculture and ICT has been used in project for:
- Development of a software programme for location specific cropping data for FAO, AGLL. The Integrated Plant Nutrition Information System (IPNIS ) was developed to store and publicize cropping data on a District basis.
- Design of a knowledge management system for the Ministry of Agriculture in Nigeria
- Development of a web base market system for crop and fisheries products for the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Barbados
During staff assignments as coordinator northern zone with the Kilimo/FAO Plant Nutrition Programme in Tanzania, responsibilities included project planning, accounting and monitoring.
Rural extension, working with the national agriculture services and the local farmers has been a central issue in all assignments. Training of extension staff and farmers was a central part in my assignments in tropical agronomy.