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Francis Onyekachi Nwankwo – Programme Officer - West Africa
Francis Onyekachi Nwankwo is an action researcher with 11 years of practical quest to contribute to strengthening the livelihood of smallholder farmers by helping to increase their agricultural productivity and competitiveness thereby reducing hunger and poverty. He holds a B.Agric (Animal Science and Animal Health) from the University of Agriculture, Umudike, Nigeria, and a Masters in Human Development and Food Security from the University of Rome (Roma Tre). Before joining AATF, Francis worked for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD); the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Ministry of Agriculture in Nigeria, and the National Association of Nigerian Traders, among other NGOs. Francis served in the ECOWAS Scientific Committee for the second ECOWAS Development Report and also worked as a consultant/resource person to the European Commission/Pro€Invest and the UN Women. At AATF, Francis is Program Officer for the Maruca-Resistant Cowpea Project. Francis is a Nigerian national.