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Davie Kadyampakeni

Role in Dryland Systems: 

Center Focal Point

Home organization: 

International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

Position in home organization: 

Researcher in Agricultural Water Management


Dr. Davie Kadyampakeni has more than 13 years’ experience as an expert in agricultural water management, plant nutrition and nutrient management. He has worked on projects in the US, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Mali. He has consulted widely for several international organizations. He worked in Malawi for the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, ICRISAT, and the World Bank-IFAD funded IRLAD Project between 2002 and 2008. He worked for the University of Florida from 2008 to 2014.  He joined IWMI as a Researcher on 10 November 2014 and is based in Ghana.       

Dr. Davie/Kadyampakeni serves as a Researcher-Agricultural Water Management.
During this time, he focuses on implementing improved agricultural water management practices in West Africa, building capacity of irrigation practitioners and institutions, and development of new approaches of irrigation management to help small- and large-scale farmers cope with vagaries of nature related to climate change. I lead the IWMI components of the Africa Rising (AR), Innovative Lab for Small Scale Irrigation (ILSSI), and Drylands Systems CGIAR Research Program (DSCRP) projects in west Africa and collaborate on the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) projects. I also contribute to other on-going projects on Water, Land and Ecosystems.

Prior to joining IWMI, Dr. Kadyampakeni worked for the Malawi Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security from 2002 to 2006 as an Irrigation Agronomist. In 2007, he joined ICRISAT as a Scientific Officer. Thereafter, he worked for the World Bank-IFAD funded Irrigation, Rural Livelihoods and Agricultural Development Project in 2008. Around August 2008, he joined the University of Florida as a Graduate Research Assistant until 2012 when he became a postdoctoral research associate up to November 2014.

Dr. Davie/Kadyampakeni has authored and co-authored more than 43 peer-reviewed publications, including book chapters, conference papers.
He is an active member of several scientific and professional associations, such as American Society of Horticultural Science, Florida State Horticultural Society, Soil Science Society of America, Crop Science Society of America, Agronomy Society of America, Gamma Sigma Delta Honour Society of Agriculture, Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honour Society, Improved Management of Agricultural Water in Eastern and Southern Africa Network, African Crop Science Society and Rainwater Harvesting Association of Malawi.
His is a recipient of several awards and honors, such as Grinter Fellowship, A.S. Herlong Scholarship, Sam Polston Fellowship, Robertson Fellowship, and Outstanding International Student.
Dr. Kadyampakeni’s current research interests include understanding water management interactions with ecosystem services and climate resilience, evaluation of promising micro-irrigation technologies for adaptation in West Africa, and use of GIS and other applications in irrigation decision making options for small- and large scale farmers.