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Sanginga is New Director General Designate at IITA

May 27, 2011

Dr. Nteranya E. Sanginga is the next Director General (DG) of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) who will assume office in 1 November this year, a day after the current DG, Dr. Peter Hartmann ends his tenure. Dr. Sanginga, a Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) national has served in various capacities for 14 years at the IITA as a researcher and leader of the soil microbiology unit, project coordinator of high intensity food and forage crop systems and short fallow systems to arrest land degradation, and leader of the multidisciplinary program on improving and intensifying cereal-legume systems in the West and Central Africa.

Dr. Sanginga is also the current director of the Nairobi-based Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility Institute of the Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical and has been working and collaborating with the University of Zimbabwe and International Atomic Energy Agency in Austria on research development in the fields of applied microbial ecology, plant nutrition, and integrated natural resources management in Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia.

Dr. Sanginga said that "as the new DG, he would organize and strengthen IITA's research and research partnerships, building on its past achievements and enhancing its scientific and administrative capacity to deliver on its mission of increasing agricultural production, food security, and income in tropical nations."

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