New changes as ASARECA undergoes a rennainscence
The ASARECA Board of Directors has appointed Dr. Cyprian Ebong the new Interim Executive Secretary for ASARECA. Dr. Ebong replaces Prof. Francis Wachira who left the institution in December 2016. His appointment takes effect from January 2017.
According to ASARECA BOD chairman, Dr. Ambrose Agona, Dr. Ebong will lead ASARECA through a period of transition that will see the institution begin to implement a new Strategic Plan (2017-2026). Upon his appointment, Dr. Ebong said his immediate tasks are to steer the process of developing of Operational Plan 3. “OP 3 will be premised on shared roles, responsibilities and competencies with emerging regional and global entities for a cost effective delivery of impact oriented research, capacity development and transfer of knowledge, technologies and information,” he noted.
Dr. Ebong, an Animal Nutritionist, often referred to as ‘senior citizen’ in the agricultural knowledge and information market, has worked in animal production research for over 26 years. During these period, he has been involved in livestock production research—particularly crop-livestock integration. He has a Ph.D. in Animal Nutrition from the University of Aberdeen, M.Sc. in Animal Nutrition from the same University and B.Sc. Agriculture from Makerere University, among other qualifications. He was one of the first graduate associates in a twining arrangement with the International Livestock Center for Research in Africa (ILCA) currently (ILRI), Addis Ababa. His competence is augmented with formal training in research management in Oakland, Virginia, USA; and client oriented research in Agriculture from ICRA, the Netherlands.
Dr. Ebong has risen through the ranks of research management and mentored a number of young scientists with whom he co-authored a number of publications and wrote award winning proposals in competitive grant projects in agricultural research for development. He has provided part time teaching to undergraduates and postgraduates, and supervised research programs for the award of MSc and PhD degrees at Makerere University and University of Nairobi.
He rose through the ranks from the post of Agricultural Officer in Uganda’s Ministry of Agriculture in 1979 to become the Deputy Director General in charge Quality Assurance in the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) years later. This saw him, among other things, put in place systems for developing quality standards and guidelines for conducting agricultural research and delivery of agricultural research services in Uganda.
Dr. Ebong brings to ASARECA wealth of knowledge and experience because he is no stranger to regional agricultural research for development. He was the lead person in developing the Strategic Plan for ASARECA Livestock and Fisheries Program (LFP), which saw ASARECA score excellent results in crop livestock-integration over the last eight years.
Dr. Ebong was one of the lead authors for the Cassava Centre of Excellence which enjoined Uganda to the Eastern Africa Agricultural Productivity Project (EAAPP), a regional initiative championed by the governments of Uganda (cassava), Kenya (Dairy), Tanzania (Rice) and Ethiopia (Wheat) in collaboration with ASARECA and the World Bank.
Before joining ASARECA as IES, Dr. Ebong has been providing expert support to the Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) in policy and strategic planning, research, extension. These roles have seen him support management in identifying areas of investment in livestock research and capacity building needs for young scientists.
Dr. Ebong joins ASARECA at a time when the institution is undergoing a renaissance following the rethinking of its niche to cope with fast evolving trends in Agricultural Research and Development globally.