Bekunda, Mateete

Chief Scientist, Africa RISING (East Africa)

Tel: +255 272 553 051
Nationality: Ugandan
Station: Tanzania (Arusha)

Photo of Mateete Bekunda
Mateete Bekunda is the Chief Scientist for the USAID-funded project on ‘Sustainable Intensification of Maize-based Farming Systems of East and Southern Africa’, based in Arusha, Tanzania. Mateete obtained a Ph.D. in Soil Fertility (1988), M.Sc. Major in Soil and Plant Analysis (1981). and a B.Sc. in Agriculture (1978).


Mateete was a consultant systems agronomist for the Africa RISING Program before this new appointment. He worked as an Interim General Manager at AGRIDEC Premier Seed (2012), a visiting scientist at the Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility Institute of CIAT, Nairobi and the Earth Institute of Columbia University in the US (2009–2010), a Professor of Soil Science and Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture at Makerere University (2003-2008), a regional research fellow at the African Highlands Initiative in Uganda (1999 – 2001), a research fellow at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Austria (1991), and an experimental scientist at CSIRO in Australia (1987 -1988).