The project team
Meet the project team
Wageningen University & Research
Wageningen University & Research is a collaboration between Wageningen University and Wageningen Research with three core areas of research carried out internationally: 1) food, feed & biobased production, 2) natural resources & living environment and 3) society & well-being.
Frank van Weert
Project manager Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation
Rural Innovation and Livelihoods Advisor at Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Advisor at Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation
Facilitating Change, Guiding Transition, Strengthening Capacities, Linking Water-Food-Environment, Fostering Climate Action, Contributing to Global One Health
My passion is sustainable land management, which is the foundation for sustainable agriculture and enhanced food security. In my daily work at the University as assistant professor and in my current job at Alterra where I work for a food security project in Burundi, I try to transmit my passion and knowledge to students, farmers and colleagues about how to foster sustainable land management.
Scientific researcher at WENR
Policy advisor Gender and Nutrition
Likoko Eunice is a nutrition & gender advisor in food systems at Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation. She has 15 years’ international development work experience in marginalized communities in rural and urban areas.
ISRIC - World Soil Information
ISRIC - World Soil Information is an independent foundation and a custodian of global soil information which they produce, gather, compile and serve together with our partners at global, national and regional levels.
Senior sustainable land management expert
André Kooiman is an expert in soil and water conservation and climate change, land use planning, geo-information management and earth observation in international development. He has over 30 years of experience in project management and acquisition, applied research, capacity building and education in Africa, Southeast Asia, Pacific and Eastern Europe and the Netherlands.
Emily Toner’s passion for soil and communications are underlaid by an M.A. in journalism and an M.S. in geography from University of Wisconsin – Madison as well as a B.S. in Agronomy from Iowa State University. Emily is experienced in combining community outreach with sustainable soil management information. She held the role of urban agriculture educator with Purdue University Cooperative Extension in the United States for five years.
Senior spatial data infrastructures expert
At ISRIC – World Soil Information, Ulan coordinates and manages SDI and GeoICT related projects.
Thaïsa van der Woude
At ISRIC – World Soil Information, Thaïsa coordinates and manages projects.
Digital soil mapper
At ISRIC – World Soil Information, Giulio works on Digital Soil Mapping projects dealing with spatial modelling and designing scientific workflows.
Senior digital soil mapping and remote sensing expert
At ISRIC – World Soil Information, Laura contributes to and manages projects focussing on Digital Soil Mapping and Spatial modelling integrating ground observations with remote sensing data.
International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works for better lives through livestock in developing countries. ILRI is a CGIAR research centre, co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, and provides global research partnership for a food-secure future.
Participatory Action Research
John Recha joined ILRI as a Post Doctoral Fellow -Participatroy Action Research for the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Scurity (CCAFS) on 1st November 2014. He holds a PhD in Soil Science with minor specialization in Hydrology and International Agriculture and Rural Development (Cornell University). He has an MSc in Soil Science and Land Management (Sokoine University of Agriculture), and BSc in Agriculturre (university of Nairobi).
Regional program leader
Dr. Dawit Solomon holds a PhD in Geoecology/Soil Sciences from the University of Bayreuth in Germany, He has also a parallel post-doctoral training in biogeochemistry, biogeochemical cycling, environmental sciences and sustainable agriculture, from the University of Bayreuth and Cornell University in the USA.
Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR)
As a national research institute, Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) aspires to see improved livelihood of all Ethiopians engaged in agriculture, agro-pastoralism, and pastoralism through market-competitive agricultural technologies.
Agronomy and soil fertility
Kenya Agricultural & Livestock Research Organization (KALRO)
Kenya Agricultural & Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) is a corporate body created under the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Act of 2013 to establish a framework for coordination of agricultural research in Kenya that is dynamic, innovative, responsive and well-coordinated.
Environment and Sustainability
Elizabeth Adobi Okwuosa
Her research is geared towards applying Sustainable Natural Resource Management strategies to increase agricultural productivity, environmental Integrity and climate change adaptation and mitigation. I have a goal to empower farmers in Kenya to produce crops for food security, improved incomes and environmental sustainability.
Information systems, open data, open science and knowledge management
Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB)
The Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB) champions the Rwandan agriculture sector into a knowledge-based, technology-driven and market-oriented industry, using modern methods in crop, animal, fisheries, forestry and soil and water management.
Soil Information Service Project Coordinator
As Senior Research Fellow in RAB, I am coordinating the Project on developing Rwanda Soil Information Service (RwaSIS) funded by BMGF to come up with guiding information (fertilizer response, lime, erosion control) for improving crop productivity and sustainably protect the land against degradation.As Senior Research Fellow in RAB, I am coordinating the Project on developing Rwanda Soil Information Service (RwaSIS) funded by BMGF to come up with guiding information (fertilizer response, lime, erosion control) for improving crop productivity and sustainably protect the land against degradation.
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. By harnessing the experience, resources and reach of its more than 1,400 Member organisations and the input of some 15,000 experts, IUCN is the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it.
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)
The German Space Agency undertakes statutory tasks in the space sector on behalf of the German Federal Government. Within the scope of the tasks effectively assigned, they implement the space strategy of the Federal Government, develop and manage the national space programme, and represent the interests of the Federal Republic of Germany in space-related international bodies in accordance with the tasks assigned.
Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA)
ASARECA is a not-for-profit inter-governmental sub-regional organization. ASARECA comprises 14 member countries: Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.
Program Officer, Capacity Development
Ms Amony has over 10 years’ experience in implementing initiatives for Capacity Development to enhance performance in the agricultural innovation systems. She has over the years supported ASARECA and its constituents, the National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS) in boosting capacity development initiatives at individual and institutional perspectives. She has a passion in agriculture value chain development, public private partnerships, and capacity development for agricultural innovation systems. At the strategic level, her immediate task is to support the NARS to identify the capacity gaps that exist in their institutions and support them in addressing the gaps. She holds a Masters degree in Business Administration and a Bachelors degree of Science in Agricultural Land Use and Management from Makerere University, Kampala. Having worked in the agricultural innovation system for over 10 years, Ms Amony brings into AR4D facilitation and networking skills that are essential in capacity development initiatives. of corporate communication, photography, news writing and reporting.
Ms. Genevieve Apio holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication from Uganda Christian University, Mukono. Ms Apio is currently supporting ASARECA in the production, processing and dissemination of fast-paced communication via dynamic social and professional media platforms such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube. She is an all-rounded specialist bringing on board skills in social media management, marketing, public relations, photography, ideography, graphic design, and events management. She has a certificate on integrating the TAP common framework into African Research and Extension organizations and is a certified Trainer. Before joining ASARECA, Ms Apio worked with the Parliament of Uganda as a communications intern where she was positively exposed to implementing elements of corporate communication, photography, news writing and reporting.
World Agroforestry (ICRAF)
World Agroforestry is a centre of science and development excellence that harnesses the benefits of trees for people and the environment.
Senior Soil laboratory Enterprise Manager
Elvis Weullow is a Senior Soil laboratory Enterprise Manager at the CIFOR– ICRAF Soil Plant Spectral Diagnostics Laboratory. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Chemistry (Analytical) from the University of Nairobi and he is an MSc (Environmental Science) finalist at Kenyatta University.
Ann Wavinya is a communication assistant for the World Agroforestry Centre, based at the headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. She manages communication activities for the Soils research unit. She joined ICRAF in 2012.