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Jojo Baidu-Forson

Role in Dryland Systems: 

Center Focal Point, Bioversity

Home organization: 

Bioversity International

Position in home organization: 

Regional Director, SSA

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Dr. Joseph Jojo Baidu-Forson has been Bioversity International’s Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa since April 2006, and represents Bioversity on the Interdisciplinary Research Team (IRT) of the Dryland System for East and Southern Africa.

He has about 35 years’ work experience, previously as an academic at the University of Ghana, Legon, as a scientist at International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Aric Tropics and then as a research manager at the University Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa. His research interests include adoption studies, trait preference modelling, crop and varietal diversity research and policy in agrobiodiversity.

More recently, Dr. Baidu-Forson guided (as Managing Guest Editor) the preparation and publication of a collection of scientific papers in a Special Issue of Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment dedicated to Agrobiodiversity & Africa. He has previously edited lectures presented by global scholars on natural resources in Africa. He has also assisted FAO with the preparation, for Sub-Saharan Africa, of the Global Plan of Action-National Information Sharing Mechanism (GPA-NISM), and the State of the World’s Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (SOW-PGRFA). Some of the co-authored publications focused on technology adoption studies, plant trait preferences modelling, genetic resources and farming systems research.