Dr David Amudavi
I am the Executive Director of Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT), a not-for-profit Trust registered in Nairobi and based in the International Centre of Insect Physiology & Ecology (ICIPE), Nairobi. I am responsible for the day-to-day operations of its programmes. I coordinate the Farmer Communication Programme (FCP), which comprises Infonet-Biovision web-based knowledge platform (http://www.infonet-biovision.org(link is external)), The Organic Farmer Magazine (TOF, www.theorganicfarmer.org(link is external)), the TOF-Radio, Mkulima Mbunifu (TOF Tanzania, http://mkulimambunifu.org(link is external)), and Outreach communication in supporting knowledge management and dissemination of technologies and practices on ecologically sustainable agriculture. The programme, supported by the Biovision Foundation of Switzerland, is distinctively reaching out to farmers in Africa.
I am also the Project Coordinator of the African Union-led EOA Initiative currently implemented in eight countries in Africa (i.e. Benin, Kenya, Ethiopia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda) with financial contribution from the Swiss Agency for Development and Corporation (SDC) and the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC) and Sida. I also support the Secretariat of the EOA Continental Steering Committee. I also support the Changing Course in Global Agriculture (CCGA) initiative in Kenya undertaken by the Millennium Institute (Washington DC) and Biovision Foundation to promote the use of the T21 model in influencing policy making and arriving at prudent decisions and actions for supporting sustainable agriculture.
I hold a Ph.D. in Adult and Extension Education with minors in Developmental Sociology and Natural Resource Management (NRM) from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA (2001-2005. I did a 2-year postdoctoral fellow with ICIPE’s Push-pull project: ‘Creating smallholder-led growth through ‘push-pull’ technologies in Eastern Africa’ from July 2006 to October 2009 and supervised five graduate students (2 Phd and 3 Msc) on the project. I did my M.Sc. in Agricultural Science at The University of Melbourne, Australia (1992-1994), and a B.Sc., in Agricultural Education and Extension in Egerton University, Njoro, Kenya (1987-1990).
Before joining ICIPE as senior scientist (social scientist) and Biovision Africa Trust as interim director in 2011, I was a senior lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Education and Extension, Egerton University. I successfully supervised many graduate students and published widely in international journals, contributed to book chapters, and presented several research papers at international conferences. I was also involved in several consultancies related to livelihood improvement, technology transfer among smallholder farmers and strengthening of agricultural extension systems in Sub-Saharan Africa for various international organizations.