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Thomas Dubois

Regional Director

Eastern and Southern Africa

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PhD, Entomology, Cornell University, USA

Research interests

aflatoxin contamination, value chains, seed marketing


Thomas Dubois (Belgium) is the Director of AVRDC Eastern and Southern Africa, based in Tanzania. Dr. Dubois received his PhD in Entomology from Cornell University, USA in 2003. From 2003 to 2012 he served as a scientist with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), where he managed several banana-related projects in East Africa, ranging from endophytes to boost plant resistance to developing seed marketing systems. Together with farmer groups, he developed banana as an income-generating crop through linkages with the private sector. He also worked on aflatoxin mitigation in maize and groundnut, and was instrumental in developing harmonized strategies for biopesticide regulations in sub-Saharan Africa. His recent activities at the Africa Rice Center emphasized value chains for rice in 11 countries of sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Dubois received the 2006 Young Promising Scientist Award from the CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research).