The African Agriculture Technology Foundation (AATF) has appointed a Plant Breeder, Dr Jean Baptiste De La Salle Tignegre, to lead the Pod Borer Resistant Cowpea (PBR) project in Nigeria, Ghana and Burkina Faso.
Jean Baptiste, a Burkinabé, who joined AATF from the World Vegetable Centre, Mali Office, replaces Dr Issoufou Kolo, who retired last December.
In his role as Project Manager PBR Cowpea, Dr. Baptiste will be based in Abuja Nigeria and serve as the AATF West African Regional Representative.
Jean Baptiste, who has led other cowpea improvement initiatives, has worked for over 25 years in the Cowpea Value Chain. He brings on board valuable experience in biotechnology and specifically PBR Cowpea.
His previous roles include working with the Institute for Environment and Agricultural Research (National Scientific and Technology Research Centre), Burkina Faso, as a Plant Breeder for the Grain Legume Improvement Program (Cowpea) and team leader of the Plant Genetics for Cowpea in Burkina Faso.