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Name KO Ogero
FirstnameKwame
Emailkwameokinyi.ogero@wur.nl

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DescriptionPromovendus
OrganizationDepartment of Plant Sciences
Organization UnitLaboratory of Virology

Biography

Kwame Ogero is an external Ph.D candidate and Regional Research Associate at the International Potato Center (CIP). A Kenyan national, Kwame is based in Tanzania where he is involved in efforts geared towards developing sustainable seed systems for sweetpotato. His research is focusing on developing crop-specific models and decision support systems for understanding and managing seed degeneration in sweetpotato. This includes identifying scenarios where on-farm management, resistant varieties, and seed replacement management strategies would be most optimal. Kwame is also interested in understanding effects of climate change on epidemiology of sweetpotato viruses and socioeconomic factors that influence farmers' acquisition of seed. He serves on the Committee of the International Society for Tropical Root Crops - Africa Branch (ISTRC - AB) as the East Africa Representative. Before joining CIP, Kwame worked at the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) Afri Center as a Program Assistant and Liaison Officer for the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa (OFAB), Kenya Chapter, gaining vast experience in science communication and policy outreach. Kwame is a past recipient of the Kenya National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI) MSc. Grants and Borlaug CGIAR Fellowship . He holds a MSc. degree in Agronomy from Kenyatta University and a BSc. Degree in Biochemistry from the University of Nairobi, both in Nairobi, Kenya. At WUR, Kwame is a Ph.D candidate with the CT De Wit Graduate School of Production Ecology & Resource Conservation, with research focused on management of virus degeneration in sweetpotato and improving decentralized vine multiplication for a better seed system in Tanzania. He is affiliated with the following Chair Groups:

  1. Laboratory of Virology (via Rene van der Vlugt )
  2. Knowledge, Technology, and Innovation Group (via Conny Almekinders )
  3. Center for Crop Systems Analysis (via Paul Struik )

 


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