Sylvester O. Oikeh
Dr Sylvester O. Oikeh has more than 30 years of interdisciplinary experience in research for development projects covering project and partnership management, natural resources management, crop improvement and management, and plant nutrition. He joined the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) since 2009 as a Project Manager for the Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) Project and coordinates the operational management and monitors the implementation of activities across eight public and private sector organizations in five Project countries in Africa. He worked in Africa Rice Centre for five years as a Principal Scientist/Soil Fertility Agronomist and Project Leader. He developed four integrated soil fertility management packages and two farmer handbooks to support the deployment of the New Rice for Africa (NERICA). Also, he held various positionsat the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) for over ten years. Further, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA, where he established for the first time, the link between enhanced iron and zinc in corn kernels with improvement in human nutrition using an in vitro technique (model gut system). Dr Oikeh has over 70 publications in major scientific journals, proceedings, book chapters, books and monographs. Sylvester is a Nigerian.