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MAS in ICM Class of 2015

MAS in ICM 2015 course

Welcome to the inaugural class of the Masters in Advanced Studies in Integrated Crop Management. The programme was launched at the begining of March in 2015 and rounded up in November 2015 with a graduation ceremony.

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The 2015 MAS in ICM Annual Review highlights the significance and coverage of the course and also features feedback and progress report from students.

Raymonda Johnson Sierra Leone 

Raymonda Johnson

Sierra Leone

I work at the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Food Security, Sierra Leone, based in Freetown. Presently, I am Acting Assistant Director and Head of Crop Protection Service. I oversee many daily activities for the Ministry to supervise pest and pesticide management. I lead training and best practice for phytosanitary control at the national borders. I act as a technical adviser to the government on pest resurgence and outbreaks and how to respond, including best practice for procurement of agro-chemicals and protective equipment. Day-to-day I prepare work plans and budgets for our unit and keep it running smoothly. As part of my role at the Ministry, I oversee operations of plant clinics- training plant doctors, supporting plant clinic data management creating new resources like factsheets and Green and Yellow Lists, and implementing a monitoring and evaluation strategy. In Sierra Leone and around the region I collaborate with a wide network of researchers, academics, agro-dealers and other stakeholders. During the MAS in ICM, I am interested in improving my skills and gaining more knowledge on Integrated Crop Management. With will bring this new knowledge back home and improve our agricultural sector- especially in my area of pests and pesticide management. I'm also deputy national coordinator; master trainer for Plantwise.

Alexandre Rwanda

Alexandre Rutikanga


I am currently a lecturer at the University of Rwanda, College of Agriculture, Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine (UR-CAVM). I hold an MSc in Crop Science, Major Crop Protection (Agricultural Entomology) from Makerere University, Uganda. My teaching and research focus on Agricultural Entomology and Nematology, including Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Before joining UR-CAVM, I was a scientist working for CGIAR at Bioversity International sub-Saharan Africa, based in Kigali. So far I have published over 10 scientific publications, including book chapters and I have also written factsheets to guide identification and management of crop pests in Rwanda. Through my work at the University of Rwanda, I have supported implementation of Farmer Field Schools on potato and successfully developed grant projects funded by the University and the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida). I represent the UR-CAVM in the National Implementation Team for the Africa Human Capital in Science, Technology and Agripreneurship for Food Security Framework (AHC-STAFF). I'm also a member of the steering committee representing universities; Plantwise focal point at University of Rwanda and I supervise students at plant clinics.

Jose Costa Rica

José María Gómez Vargas

Costa Rica

I am originally from Costa Rica, but I consider myself a 'traveling agronomist' since I have studied and worked in Guatemala, Honduras and the United States, all countries where agriculture is one of the most important sectors. I received my undergraduate degree from Zamorano University, Honduras, in Agricultural Engineering. After graduation, I worked for a tomato production farm as the greenhouse production manager. The next step in my studies took me to Iowa State University where I earned an MSc in Crop Production and Physiology, and worked as a research assistant in the Agronomy Department. I have worked as a research assistant and as a teaching assistant in the Botany and Plant Pathology Department at Purdue University in the United States. The research that I have been involved in includes, but has not been limited to, chemical weed management, biological and physiological traits that allow weeds to adapt to glyphosate resistant crops, weed management in organic agriculture, cover crops, and weed-crop competition studies. Even though my training has been devoted to crop management, I am motivated by a strong personal commitment to food security and international agricultural development.


Musa Paul Chidinda


I'm currently working at the Ministry of Agriculture Food Security and Cooperatives, Tanzania, based in Dar el Salaam. I'm holding the role of an agricultural officer. I made my Bachelor degree in Agriculture General. In my day-to-day work I participate in control and management of migratory pest throughout Tanzania and I'm engaged in phytosanitary measure activities. In Plantwise I have several responsibilities such as: overseeing the data collection and management system; coordinating data harmonisation, validation, and analysis; liaising with the knowledge bank team for assuring regular submission of plant clinic data; sharing key issues to national stakeholders arising from data analysis. I'm also national data manager for Plantwise.

MAS in ICM students

Maureen Mwangangi


At the moment I work as a plant health inspector at the Kenyan Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS). KEPHIS is the National Plant Protection Organisation in Kenya whose responsibility is to assure the quality of agricultural inputs and produce in order to prevent negative impacts on human health, the environment and the economy. I hold a BSc and MSc degree in biotechnology. My day-to-day work involves inspection of plants and plant produce which are imported and exported from Kenya. I oversee national phytosanitary standards to work towards keeping our crops free of pests and diseases. I also make inspections of quarantine and bio-containment facilities and participate in introducing new biological control agents to Kenya. For this I need to evaluate dossiers and undertake pest diagnosis in the molecular and virology laboratories. I also manage the tissue culture laboratory by preparing and executing schedules while participating in cleaning, multiplication and exchange of germplasm.

 MAS in ICM students

Martin Busobozi


I'm an agronomist (BSc degree the Makerere University, Uganda) in the field of innovative horticulture production and plant protection. In this field I have attended several trainings in Rwanda, Kenya, Japan and China. Since 2009, I have been working for the Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) as a research assistant and plant protection officer. I did pioneer work in planting watermelons and mangos in Rwanda on large scale. In the past years, these crops where all being imported. Today, however, thanks to that effort one can buy locally produced watermelons and mangos on the Rwandan markets. Due to my experiences in this field I'm a published expert on watermelon. I'm also a trained plant doctor of the CABI-led Plantwise programme. I coordinate plant protection activities in the Eastern Province of Rwanda. I'm passionate about applying international best practices in Rwanda's horticulture. I'm also plant clinic province coordinator and a plant doctor for Plantwise.


Fred Asante Kofi


I hold a BSc in Agriculture from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. The past five years I was working as an Assistant Regional Officer for the Plant Protection and Regulatory Services of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture in Ghana. As part of my role at the Ministry, I currently monitor pest management activities and ensure the enforcement of regulations on the importation, distribution and final use of pesticides and fertilizers in Ghana. During the MAS in ICM, I am interested in improving my skills and gaining more knowledge on pest and diseases management practices with a minimum usage of pesticides. At the end of the MSc Programme I hope to be better equipped to help farmers in Ghana reducing crop losses to pests and diseases. I'm also plant clinic province coordinator; province data manager and data validator for Plantwise.