Kwesi Atta-Krah

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Company / Organization / University

International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

Role / Title

Director, Country Alignment and Systems Integration

Bio / Specialization

Dr. Kwesi Atta Krah, a Ghana national, is currently Director, Country Alignment and Systems Integration, at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) - a position he assumed in January 2017. Prior to this, 2013 to December 2016, he was Executive Director of Humidtropics - the CGIAR research program on Integrated Systems for the Humid Tropics, based at IITA Ibadan. Between June 2005 and January 2013, Dr. Atta-Krah was Deputy Director General of Bioversity International, a CGIAR center focused on Agricultural Biodiversity, based in Rome Italy. Earlier, he had worked with International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI); International Livestock Centre for Africa (ILCA) – now ILRI: and with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, IITA.

He holds a BSc. in Crop Science from the University of Ghana, Legon (1977), and M.Sc and PhD degrees in Agroforestry/Natural Resources Management from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. His professional interests and expertise spans Natural Resources Management, Food Security and integrated systems research and management. He has experience in multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder research and development processes, for enhanced efficiencies and synergies. Dr. Atta-Krah has several publications in technical journals and contributed to a number of books.


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