Senior Extension Associate (Project Manager) (Next Gen. Cassava Breeding)
Station: Nigeria (Umudike)
Chiedozie Egesi has just been engaged as Senior Extension Associate (Project Manager) of NEXTGEN Cassava Breeding project based in Umudike. He provides programmatic coordination of the Project with partners in Cornell University. Prior to this time, Chiedozie was an assistant director and coordinated biotechnology research at the National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI), Umudike, Nigeria. He also served as the lead cassava breeder at NRCRI and with partners at IITA led efforts at developing and releasing to Nigerian cassava farmers several improved varieties of cassava including pro-vitamin A cassava. His research activities involve the use of cross-cutting breeding and biotechnology tools in increasing the rate of genetic improvement of cassava. Chiedozie supports several African NARS cassava breeding programs in developing adaptive breeding schemes. He studied at the University of Ibadan where he obtained a PhD in Plant Genetics and spent his time as a visiting research scholar at IITA during that period in the Genetic Resources and Yam breeding units.