Dr Peter Carberry
Peter Carberry is an Australian national. He received his PhD in Agriculture from the University of Sydney. Before joining ICRISAT, Peter was Chief Research Scientist and Partnership Leader (CSIRO-DFAT Africa Food Security Initiative), Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Australia.
His expertise is in crop physiology and in the development and application of systems models. He is a key developer of the Agricultural Production Systems Simulator (APSIM) cropping systems model.
Peter started his career as a Research Scholar at ICRISAT-India in 1982. Over the years he has held positions of Theme Leader, Economic & Environmental Performance of Australian Agriculture, CSIRO Agricultural Sustainability Initiative (2006-2009); Deputy Director, Agri-Industry & International Relationships (2009-2013), and Theme Leader Partnering for International Food and Fibre Security, CSIRO Sustainable Agriculture Flagship (2009-2014).
He has held several important scientific positions, including Board Director of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology; President, Australian Society of Agronomy; Grains Research & Development Corporation, Senior Fellowship 2007; Board Member, International Crop Science Congress (2004). He is Associate Editor, Food Security journal and member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Integrative Agriculture.
He received the Australian Medal of Agricultural Science from the Ag Institute, Australia in 2013, the Officier de l’Ordre National du Burkina Faso from the Government of Burkina Faso in 2012, and is an Elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, and the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology.
He has 87 journal papers, 29 book chapters, four guest editorships, and has contributed to over a hundred conference papers, newsletters and other publications.
Publications in ICRISAT’s OAR: http://oar.icrisat.org/view/creators/Carberry=3AP_S=3A=3A.html
Vincent Vadez is a crop physiologist and agronomist, initially trained as an engineer. Prior to ICRISAT, he has worked for four years with a Bolivian lowland indigenous group to measure the socio-economic drivers of deforestation. Before that, he did research on symbiotic nitrogen fixation at the University of Florida, at CIAT Colombia, and at the National University of Singapore.
At ICRISAT his group works on the genetic and mechanistic deciphering of plant traits / trait-environment interactions. He developed a large lysimetric platform (LysiField) for a direct, precise, rapid, in-vivo assay of water extraction, and a 3-D scanning platform (LeasyScan) to phenotype water-use traits. This part is supported by crop simulation modelling to characterize main stress scenarios and predict trait and agronomic management effects on yield across time and geographical scales.
He recently joined IRD (Institute for Research and Development) as a principal scientist and remains a close collaborator to ICRISAT.
My expertise: Crop physiology, agronomy, modelling
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=cxcb278AAAAJ&hl=es
Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Vincent_Vadez
He can be contacted on: skype: Vincent.vadez
Dr Anthony Whitbread
Anthony Whitbread is the Research Program Director for Innovation Systems for the Drylands (ISD), International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), based in Hyderabad, India. With a PhD from the University of New England in Soil Science and Agronomy, Dr Whitbread leads a team of 30+ scientists across south Asia and sub-Saharan Africa in an innovation systems mode devising strategies to manage climatic risk, soil fertility and identifying market-led development opportunities. This role was preceded by a 20-year research career in the crop-livestock systems of semi-arid Australia, SE Asia and Southern Africa. His team based work has received recognition with the “2006 CSIRO Learning Culture Award” and the 2013 CSIRO team medal for ‘Impact from Science’. In 2011, he became full Professor (W3) of Crop Production Systems in the Tropics at the Georg-August-Universität in Göttingen, Germany combining his passions of teaching and applied research. He has published widely with more than 55 journal articles, an H-index of 21 and citations exceeding 2400.
My expertise: Agronomy and soil science, farm systems analysis, crop modelling, climate risk management, spatial analysis
Google Scholar: http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=FsWOGFcAAAAJ
Dr Dakshina Murthy Kadiyala
Dakshina Murthy is a Senior Scientist and systems modeller working at Innovation Systems for the Drylands (ISD), International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), based in Hyderabad/India. He obtained his PhD from the University of Florida, Gainesville, the US with a major in Soil and Water Science under Indo-US Agricultural knowledge Initiative program. He started work for ICRISAT in 2013 in Hyderabad working with Global Futures and Strategic Foresight (GFSF) project funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and CRP-PIM. Dakshina Murthy led the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP) as part of the South India team, conducting integrated assessments of the effects of climate change on global and regional food production and security, analyzing adaptation options in rainfed cropping systems. He is also leading climate change adaptation project funded by MOEFCC, Govt. of India in operation in Telangana, India. He is also holding Associate Professor (Agronomy) position with Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University, Guntur, India. Dakshina‘s expertise mostly in the areas of agronomy and soil science, crop growth modelling, climate risk management, spatial analysis and he has published more than 25 journal articles and 5 book chapters.
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.co.in/citations?user=jlp1gYkAAAAJ&hl=en
Publications in ICRISAT’s OAR: http://oar.icrisat.org/view/creators/Kadiyala=3AM_D_M=3A=3A.html
Dr Jana Kholová
Jana Kholová is the Senior Scientist at the Department of Innovation Systems for the Drylands (ISD)- System Analysis for Climate-Smart Agriculture (SACSA) with the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), based in Hyderabad/India. With the PhD on the Depart. Of Genetics from the Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, Faculty of Science, Specialization in Plant Genetics & Physiology. The Key competencies are focused on the integration of interdisciplinary research to enhance the cropping systems production improvement; Plant stress physiology & Modelling & Genetics & Phenotyping & Plan Nutrition & Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. Her core competencies include dissection of environment-adaptive traits and translating them into high-throughput phenotyping methods and using system modelling tools to characterize the target environments and predict the effect of adaptive traits in the target agro-ecologies. She is currently coordinating multiple research projects and published ~ 29 articles (H-index of 14 and citations exceeding 650; 2017).
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=-i0M8QoAAAAJ
Mss. Madina Diancoumba is a Research Scholar at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), straddling between Samanko, Mali and Hyderabad, India. She holds a Master of Science (MSc) in Agroforestry-Ecology-Adaptation. After completing her MSc degree in 2011, Madina participated in the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP), contributing to the assessment studies of integrated climate change impacts on agricultural systems. In 2013, she was awarded the C.V. Raman International Fellowship for African Researchers. Madina is currently pursuing a PhD degree in crop phenotyping and modelling approaches to better identify drought tolerant traits of sorghum genotypes. Her work is focusing on the characterization of sorghum production environment in Mali in order to identify major stress scenarios and their frequencies of occurrence. In addition, she is screening selected Malian parental lines for their transpiration response to high Vapor Pressure Deficit and for the soil moisture thresholds at which transpiration declines. She contributed to various published research papers and has three others currently in preparation in the framework of her thesis completion.
My expertise: Crop modelling, crop phenotyping.
Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Madina_Diancoumba
Dr Robert Amos Ngwira
Amos Ngwira is a postdoctoral fellow (PDF) with Innovation Systems for the Drylands (ISD), International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), based in Lilongwe, Malawi. Working with a team from Michigan State University in the Africa RISING project, Amos applies crop modelling in advancing understanding of tradeoffs and synergies in cereal-legume cropping systems. This is achieved through the collation of existing and relevant datasets to validate the modelling of intercrop systems for optimizing water and nutrient use efficiency. Prior to joining ICRISAT, Amos’s 13-year research career focused on developing and adapting technologies into the maize-legume cropping systems of Malawi. In 2013, Amos won the International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) Scholar Award. He coordinated adaptive research component of the Sustainable Agriculture Production Programme (SAPP) funded by IFAD that has a funding of $51 million. In addition, he was national coordinator for the Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Legume Systems in Eastern and Southern Africa funded by ACIAR with total funding of $1 million to the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development. Amos’s expertise covers agronomy and soil science and crop modelling and he published a total of 17 peer review articles and two book chapters, of which nine is the first author.
Dr Bouba Traore
Bouba Traore is PDF at International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), based in Bamako, Mali. He holds a PhD from Wageningen University and Research Center (WUR), the Netherlands on Production Ecology and Resource Conservation with a focus on Climate change and adaptation options under smallholder cropping systems in the Sudano – Sahel zone of Mali. His previous work with national research institute (IER) focuses on analyzing crop system for developing an alternative system that addresses soil fertility depletion and water scarcity using Nutrient Monitoring model. He also worked with APSIM model to analyze future climate change effect on smallholder family self-sufficiency. Currently, Bouba is working on DFID funded project on Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED) with an emphasizing on dissemination of seasonal and daily climate forecast to smallholders farmer in the rural area as well promotion of climate-smart agriculture technologies.
He has published widely with more than 10 journal articles, an H-index of 15 and citations exceeding 150.
Agronomy and soil science, farm systems analysis, crop modelling, climate information and climate risk management,
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.nl/citations?user=bXLzvzIAAAAJ&hl=en
Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Bouba_Traore/stats
Ms Andrée Mentho Nenkam
Andrée M. Nenkam holds an M.Sc. (2014) in Mathematical Sciences from the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), Ghana and a B.Sc. (2012) in Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science from the University of Buea, Cameroon. In ICRISAT since 2015, she works as a Scientific Officer (research assistant) and has been involved in multiple projects which have capacitated her with invaluable experience in agricultural research, such as crop/livestock modelling to assess the impact of climate change in agriculture, gridded crop modelling to evaluate the potential of the CCAFS Regional Forecasting toolbox (CRAFT) for yield forecasting in Sub-Saharan Africa, capacity building of agricultural extension services with the Participatory Integrated Climate Services for Agriculture (PICSA), capacity building of national meteorological services with statistical/new agro-climatic tools (INSTAT, ENACTS, EXCEL, R) and synergies fostering between these services and research centers, organization and supervision of socio-economic surveys. These have been gained through her involvement in multiple projects: the CCAFS project Capacitation African Smallholders with Climate Advisories and Insurance Development (CASCAID), The Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project, the World Bank project the Living Standard Measurement Study (LSMS), and the EC project Nurturing Africa Digital Revolution for Agriculture (NADiRA). Prior to this, she worked as an intern in statistical programming (R) with the African Maths Initiative in Kenya (2014-2015) and with the Ghana Meteorological Agency in Ghana (2015). She has multiple research interests and aspires to carry her PhD in one of the following disciplines Digital soil mapping, farm systems modelling and development of early warning systems, agricultural value chains optimization, Big data (remote sensing) and machine learning for precision agriculture. She loves statistics and enjoys computer programming.
Expertise: Crop/livestock modelling, computer programming, statistician, socio-economic surveys, GIS
Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Andree_Nenkam
Dr Myriam ADAM
Myriam Adam is a system agronomist, with a research focus on the understanding of crop growth and development within its environment. In CIRAD since 2012, she studies sorghum agro-biodiversity to define relevant traits for dual purpose sorghum in West Africa, in collaboration with ICRISAT (Mali) and INERA (Burkina Faso). Prior to this, she gained extensive experience in systems analysis and crop modelling working at State University of New York (USA), INRA (France), Wageningen University (The Netherlands) and the World Agroforestry Center (Kenya). She worked, particularly, within different projects such as the FP6-EU project SEAMLESS (2005-2009) and the CGIAR project Global Futures for Agriculture (2010-2012). Until 2017 she took part of the CGIAR Research Program (CRP) Dryland Cereals and the CRP Dryland systems, which is now the CRP Grain legumes and dryland cereals. In this new CRP, she works on the two main activities related to crop modelling for G*E*M analyses and to promote crop-livestock integration at farm level in Western Africa. She is also an active member of the AGMIP (The Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project), particularly being part of the initiative on crop modelling for Low input smallholder systems. Currently, she is leading two main projects on sorghum-cowpea intercropping, one funded by Avril Foundation and one funded by the McKnight Foundation.
My expertise: Crop modelling, agronomy, farm systems analysis, on-farm trials, crop ( sorghum) physiology
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.fr/citations?user=S2PYNF8AAAAJ&hl
Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Myriam_Adam2
Dr Folorunso Mathew Akinseye
Dr Akinseye obtained PhD in Meteorology and Climate science in April 2015 from the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Ondo State, Nigeria. I have over 7 years experience in teaching and agricultural research. I am experienced in the use of climate scenarios for agricultural projection, on-farm field and cropping system models for evaluating crop production under integrated fertility management (G x E x M) for both cereal and legume crops growing West Africa semi-arid Tropics. I participated in the implementation of AGMIP-CIWARA Phase 1 as a PhD research scholar. As a post-doctoral fellow in ICRISAT, I am currently working in the implementation of Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support Program- Phase 1 (ATASP-1) under Sorghum Outreach Program, contributing to the implementation of Africa RISING program Phase-2 Core research activity in Mali. Also, Nurturing Africa Digital Revolution for Agriculture (NADiRA) project being implemented in selected sites in Nigeria and Senegal. The evidence of my research activities has been published in some relevant learned Journals some of which are uploaded in the link below.
My expertise: Agroclimatology, Crop modelling, and climate change adaptation issue related to cereal crops
Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Folorunso_Akinseye
Dr K.P.C. Rao
Dr K.P.C. Rao is an Honorary Fellow with the research program “Innovation Systems for the Drylands (ISD)” of International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and is currently based in Hyderabad, India. He has more than 35 years of research, training and development experience in dryland agriculture both in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. He served in a number of positions at different levels at the national and international levels before retiring as country representative of ICRISAT-Ethiopia. The main focus of his research is on managing drylands profitably and sustainably under variable and changing climatic conditions. He played a major role in building climate risk management research in East Africa by developing and implementing several multi-country and multi-organizational research projects with funding support from major donor agencies. During this period he worked closely with various national and international organizations in 15 different countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, he is assisting the South Asia team in developing and promoting ICT based climate information services. He published more than 70 journal articles, book chapters and other peer-reviewed articles. Recipient of several honours and awards including Doreen Margaret Mashler Award for the collaborative work in climate risk management.
My expertise: Sustainable land management, Crop and systems modelling, Climate risk management, Climate information services.
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=Gi_9qz0AAAAJ
Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/K_Rao17
Dr Sridhar Gummadi
Sridhar Gummadi is a Scientist with ICRISAT, at its Ethiopia office in Addis Ababa.
He holds a doctorate from the University of Reading, UK. His distinctive areas of expertise include crop modelling, climate risk, CAT Management, strategic catastrophe risk consulting, process and IT designing/re-engineering for underwriting CAT risk, Portfolio Risk Management for insurance companies, product design and consultancy.
He was a recipient of the prestigious FELIX scholarship while pursuing doctoral studies at the University of Reading.
Expertise in: Agrometeorology and atmospheric sciences, crop modelling, climate risk management, spatial analysis, crop insurance and CAT insurance
Publications in ICRISAT’s OAR: http://oar.icrisat.org/view/creators/Sridhar=3AG=3A=3A.html