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CIMMYT appoints a new regional representative for Africa

April 24, 2015

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Stephen Mugo

CIMMYT has appointed Stephen Mugo as the new CIMMYT–Africa Regional Representative (CRR) and the CIMMYT–Kenya Country Representative (CCR). He takes over these two roles from the late Wilfred Mwangi, who served CIMMYT for 27 years, the last of them as Africa Regional Liaison Officer before his demise in December 2014. Mugo brings to the position 32 years of experience in agricultural research, 17 of them in service to CIMMYT under different capacities, including his current role as CIMMYT’s leader in the Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) Project.

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Bekele Abeyo

CIMMYT has two other offices in Africa: the Ethiopia country office with Bekele Abeyo as the CIMMYT–Ethiopia Country Representative (CCR), and the Zimbabwe country office with Mulugetta Mekuria as CCR. Mulugeta also doubles as the Southern Africa Sub-Regional Representative.Together, Stephen Mugo, Bekele Abeyo and Mulugetta Mekuria serve as the CIMMYT contact persons in Africa for donors and governments, and they oversee regional and local office operations.

Mulugetta Mekuria

Mulugetta Mekuria

CIMMYT has 200 staff based in Africa, of whom one-third are internationally recruited and two-thirds are locally recruited. CIMMYT executes nearly 40 percent of its regional targeted activities in Africa. These activities are in collaboration with partners in 24 countries, besides other sister CGIAR centers.

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B.M. Prasanna

CIMMYT’s overall research oversight is managed globally through five research programs – the Genetic Resources Program (led by Kevin Pixley, based in Mexico), the Global Maize Program (led by B.M. Prasanna, based in Kenya), the Global Wheat Program (led by Hans Braun, based in Mexico), the Conservation Agriculture Program (led by Bruno Gerard, based in Mexico) and the Socioeconomics Program (led by Olaf Erenstein, based in Mexico).

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