N2Africa Senior Business Development Officer
Tel: +234 8034023910
Station: Nigeria (Abuja)
Edward Baars is the Senior Business Development Officer of the N2Africa Project. He is based at Abuja, Nigeria. Edward, a Dutch citizen, has an MSc degree in Irrigation and Soil and Water Conservation in tropical and subtropical areas (1992) from Wageningen Agricultural University in the Netherlands. He did his thesis combining the disciplines of Irrigation, Marketing, and Marketing Research, and based on this he published several scientific papers. Edward worked as Regional Agribusiness Cluster Coordinator, East and Southern Africa Division, International Institute for Soil Fertility and Rural Development (IFDC) in Nairobi, Kenya, from March 2011 until he took up his new appointment at IITA. He was Program Manager (2005–2011) and Consultant (2004–2005 and 2007–2010), Agronomist, Capacity Building Manager, and Senior Project Manager (2002–2004) at the European Commission for Agriculture and Training (CEFA) in Nairobi, Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia. From 1993 to 2000 he was the Managing Director of Green Ventures (Kenya) Limited, engaged in the growing and exporting of fruits and vegetables. He has 20 years of professional experience in Africa within the agricultural sector.