Dr Ramadjita Tabo
Deputy Executive Director
Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)
Dr Ramadjita Tabo, a Chadian citizen, is currently the Deputy Executive Director of the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) based in Accra, Ghana. Until recently he was the Assistant Director of the International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in West and Central Africa and a systems agronomist at the ICRISAT regional hub in Niamey, Niger. He obtained his BSc and MSc in Range management and his PhD in Agronomy and Plant Genetics from the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA in 1985. His research interests include the evaluation and promotion of fertilizer micro-dosing technology and the “warrantage” or inventory credit system in West Africa, the intensification of integrated crop-livestock systems in the dry savannas of West Africa, the development and promotion of sustainable livelihood options, mitigation of land degradation and conservation of biodiversity, climate variability, climate change and agriculture, enhancing water and nutrient use efficiency. Dr Tabo coordinated several projects including the Desert Margins Program (DMP) on arresting land degradation and conserving biodiversity in 9 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and the Challenge Program on Water and Food funded (CPWF) project on enhancing rainwater and nutrient use efficiency in the Volta Basin in Burkina Faso and Ghana. He is a member of several committees amongst which are the Pan-African START (a global Change for Change System for Analysis, Research and Training) Regional Committee (PACOM) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that won the 2007 Nobel peace Prize. He has published several scientific papers, supervised many students and obtained a number of awards.