Nteranya Sanginga

Dr Nteranya Sanginga assumed the leadership of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in November 2011.

He has more than 21 years of experience in international agricultural research and development with the University of Zimbabwe, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Austria, and Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility Institute of the Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT-TSBF), particularly in the fields of applied microbial ecology, plant nutrition, and integrated natural resources management in Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia.

He has contributed to international research networks and as panel member, participated in an international review of research priorities and institutional arrangements for research and delivery of agricultural research and development in Africa and on sustainable land management global issues for the Global Environment Facility.

Before joining IITA as Director General, he was Director of the Nairobi-CIAT-TBSF from 2003 to 2011, providing leadership in research, partnership, resource mobilization, and management, and expanding its research and development focus from western Kenya to cover the major agroecosystems of east, central, and southern Africa.

Dr Sanginga spent 14 years at IITA in various capacities, prior to transferring to CIAT-TBSF in late 2002. These included principal scientist and head of soil microbiology unit; coordinator of the projects Improvement of high intensity food and forage crop systems and Short fallow systems to arrest land degradation due to land use intensification; and leader of the multidisciplinary program Improving and intensifying cereal-legume systems in moist and dry savannas of West and Central Africa, collaborating with many scientists in national and international institutions. He also served as Deputy Coordinator of the Alley Farming Network for Tropical Africa (AFNETA) project, IITA. His entire career has focused on mentoring and building the capacity of young scientists and youth in science, entrepreneurship, and agriculture in Africa.

He has published more than 120 research articles in peer-reviewed international journals and was honored with the International Foundation for Science Sven Brohult Award for his contribution to agricultural and agroforestry research. He has also served as a member of the editorial board of Applied Ecology Journal, and occasional editor for Soil Biology and Biochemistry, Biology and Fertility of Soil, Plant and Soil, Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems, Soil Science Society of American Journal, African Crop Science Journal, Nigeria Journal of Soil Science.

Born and bred in DR Congo, Dr Sanginga did most of his postgraduate training at IITA and his PhD in Agronomy/Soil Microbiology under a joint program and development partners in DRC, Burundi, and Rwanda.

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