Principal Research Officer
Organization: National Agricultural Research organization (NARO), Cassava Regional Centre of Excellence - Uganda
I have a PhD in Vector Entomology and have vast experience in crop research, particularly ecology and biology of crop pests and tri-trophic interactions. My greatest impact as a scientist is attributed to my research efforts from 1996 to 2010 that culminated into clear understanding of the ecological and behavioral basis of Bemisia tabaci in the spread of the dreaded cassava mosaic viruses, causative agent of Cassava mosaic disease (CMD). This knowledge contributed to the eventual development of cassava varieties that are resistant to CMD. Currently I am coordinating cassava research and development activities under the Eastern Africa Agricultural Productivity Project being implemented in Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia. I am the Team Leader for the African Cassava Whitefly Project.