Senior Scientist II - Plant Pathology and IRRI Regional Coordinator for East and Southern Africa
Joseph coordinates and leads all IRRI’s research and capacity building in Burundi. This includes initiating and managing numerous field sites for testing locally-adapted potential new rice varieties for the country. He also coordinates Farmer Field Schools where Burundian farmers are trained in all aspects of rice production from land preparation through to harvesting.
He liaises closely with the Burundian government to maintain relationships and identify further areas of collaboration. Also, to support the development of the rice sector in Burundi.
Joseph also still teaches plant pathology and genetics at the University of Burundi to maintain his connections there and share his knowledge.