Roots-Tubers-Bananas course for Fall 2016 and spring 2017

Godfrey Kayoby

Godfrey is a socio-economist based in Uganda, who works as a consultant with Nkoola Institutional Development Associates (NIDA). His work has included research briefs and impact assessments for the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Opportunity International, Uganda's national agriclutural advisoru services (NAADS), CTA and others.

Deborah Rubin

Deborah is a leading expert on gender and social systems analysis and Co-Director of the consulting firm Cultural Practice, LLC. She has Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology with over 25 years of experience on strategic planning and evaluation, and agricultural policy research, economic growth, business development, and poverty reduction.

Brenda Boonabaana

Brenda is a Lecturer at Makerere University, Uganda, Gender and Development Researcher and trainer, and has a PhD in Tourism, Development and Gender attained from the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand (2012). She is a Fellow of the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) under the GAAP2 project. Over the last 5 years, she has provided Gender expertise to several international and national development agencies.

Anne Rietveld

Anne is a Dutch national and studied International Development Studies at Wageningen University, specializing in Rural Sociology and Farming Systems Research. She worked in Mali and Niger on seed systems and value chain development after which she moved to Uganda at the end of 2010 to start working for Bioversity International. At Bioversity she works as a researcher and gender focal point for the CGIAR Research program on Roots, Tubers and Banana. Her current research focuses on gender roles, relations and norms in the East and Central African highlands.

Adeline Rwashana Muheebwa

Adeline is a gender and development consultant, and a bronze medal winner for the first ever “Create and Cook with Tooke Flour” competition.  Adeline’s passion is to inspire individuals, especially women and youths, to discover their purpose, restore their dignity and creatively use their potential for a fulfilling livelihood.  She is a trainer for AWARD and GREAT and previously worked with ASARECA, a regional organization represented by 11 member countries.  Prior to this, Adeline worked as a development practitioner with USAID, IFAD, Chemonics Inc, ILO and Winrock projects.

Margaret Mangheni

Margaret is an Associate Professor of Agricultural Extension Education at Makerere University. She has over 10 years of practical experience supporting integration of gender into higher education, having successfully spearheaded the integration of gender into the agriculture curriculum at the university. This process involved resource mobilization, advocacy and lobbying for management buy in, gender capacity development, and curriculum review.

Elizabeth Asiimwe

Elizabeth is an agricultural extension professional awaiting graduation with an MSc in Agricultural Extension Education. Currently, she works at Makerere University’s College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences as a project administrative and financial support officer on the Gender-responsive Researchers Equipped for Agricultural Transformation (GREAT)-a BMGF funded project that trains agricultural research on gender responsive methods of research.

Elizabeth Parkes

Elizabeth has worked as a HarvestPlus cassava breeder at IITA, Ibadan, Nigeria since 2012, after spending 20 years with Ghana’s CSIR-Crops Research Institute. Working in collaboration with partners across Africa, Elizabeth develops cassava varieties with high levels of provitamin A in the storage roots, and she supports delivery activities to over 750,000 households in Nigeria. She obtained her PhD in Plant Breeding from the University of the Free State, South Africa; her MPhil. in Crop Science from the University of Ghana; and her BSc.

Hale Ann Tufan

Hale is Principal Investigator of the GREAT project. A molecular biologist by training, she has worked for the John Innes Centre, CIMMYT, and the University of East Anglia, School of International Development. Hale joined International Programs, Cornell University in 2012 to manage the NEXTGEN Cassava project, for which she developed the NEXTGEN Cassava “Gender-Responsive Cassava Breeding” initiative to capture needs, priorities and challenges women and men face in cassava production, to prioritize gendered traits in breeding program design and implementation.

Hazel Malapit

Hazel is a Research Coordinator at the Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). She coordinates research, training and technical assistance on the implementation of the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index, manages and coordinates the integration of gender into the research of the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health, and conducts research on gender, women’s empowerment, agriculture, health and nutrition issues.