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Kiarie Njoroge holds a PhD in Plant Physiology and Breeding from Cambridge University (England), an MSc in Agricultural Botany from University of Wales (UK) and a BSc (biological sciences) from University of Nairobi (Kenya). He has held various positions including Senior Lecturer and Field Station Manager at the University of Nairobi, Deputy Center Director and Principal Research Scientist at the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute.

Previously, he coordinated the Kenya National Maize Research programme for 15 years (1989 – 2004) while at the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute; was  in-charge (as National Counter-part Team leader) of major projects, such as USAID funded the Mid-America Agricultural Consortium (MIAC) Project (Maize Research Component) that trained over 20 PhDs and about 50 MSc graduates; national in-charge,  Rockefeller funded National Maize Data Base (1992-1995); national counterpart leader of several important pioneering research projects such as CIMMYT/KARI African Maize Stress (AMS) project and the Insect Resistant Maize for Africa (IRMA) Project; founding Chairman of the Maize Sub-committee of the East and Central Africa Maize and Wheat (ECAMAW) Network of the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in East and Central Africa (ASARECA). I am also the immediate former Manager of the University Field Station, University of Nairobi, a research and teaching farm, for six years and taught plant breeding and genetics at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels for about 13 years, and published widely on a wide variety of breeding and development topics. Currently key team member in SEMIs (www.semis-africa.org); teaches seed production for SEMIS courses (www.semis-africa.org), and chairs UNISEED and is involved in the production of certified seed; national in-charge of the ACP/EU funded RUFORUM project on neglected and under-utilized species (NUS) Project that is on-going.  Has supervised several Masters and PhD students (see CV at www.uonbi.ac.ke).

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