Organization: International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) - Tanzania
Edward Eneah Kanju has been with IITA since 2002. His research is focused on developing new cassava varieties that combine dual resistance to Cassava Mosaic Disease (CMD) and Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD) for the eastern-African region. Dr. Kanju obtained his PhD in Plant Breeding from the University of Free State, South Africa in 2000, his MSc. (Plant Breeding) from Wageningen Agricultural University, the Netherlands (1995) and his BSc. (Agriculture) from Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania (1989). Before joining IITA, he was a Senior Agricultural Research Officer and Head of the National Root and Tuber Crops Research Program under the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, Tanzania. He has been supervising several projects in East and Southern Africa in collaboration with NARS in Burundi, DR Congo, Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. He is currently the Project Manager of the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation-funded regional project titled, “New Cassava Varieties and Clean Seed to Combat CBSD and CMD” (5CP) implemented in Malawi, Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda (2012 – 2016). He is a Tanzanian citizen, married with five children – four girls and one boy.