I work on developing communication strategies for the SRI-Rice Center at Cornell University and on implementing knowledge-sharing efforts that serve global communities involved with the system of rice intensification (SRI) and conservation agriculture (CA). Specifically, I design and manage the SRI and CA websites and associated social media, facilitate links among international, national and topical SRI networks, and develop databases and platforms for sharing research related to SRI, CA and related systems of crop intensification.
In collaboration with the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP), this project has created a scientific panel to support activities that strengthen demographic training in Francophone Africa.
Through training in new research methods, this project helps to improve the research environment at IFORD, a regional demographic training institute in Cameroon.
Starting in January 2008, the joint Cornell and University of Ghana West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) program began training 40 Ph.D. students from West African countries in plant breeding and genetics, with eight students admitted each year for the next five years.
The McKnight Foundation's Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP) is a competitive grant program that funds research and development work in selected parts of the world where rural families face hunger and malnutrition. The work was recently re-focused on four "hunger hot-spots," and we are developing project clusters to take a systems approach to confronting food insecurity.