Research and Professional Interests
Bashir Jama is the director for Soil Health Program at the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). He is responsible for shaping the content and scope of the program, and for guiding investments of the program that has initial target of 13 focal countries. Until recently, Dr. Jama was Policy Advisor for Agricultural and Rural Development with the Bureau for Policy Development, UNDP, New York. There, he conducted policy analysis on national agricultural issues, and assisted countries, mainly developing ones, to generate Millennium Development Goals-based strategies and programs for implementation.
Dr. Jama holds a PhD in Forestry (Agroforestry) from the University of Florida at Gainesville, U.S. He has worked with government of Kenya on renewable energy technologies and, for over 19 years, with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Nairobi (Kenya) as a Principal Scientist and Regional Coordinator for the Eastern and Central Africa Region. He has also served on several international expert committees, most notably the UN Millennium Project Task Force on Hunger between 2004 and 2005. Dr. Jama has conducted research on and published extensively on agroforestry technologies and, in particular, on integrated soil fertility management strategies under smallholder low-input systems in sub-Sahara Africa. He has also published on strategies for drylands resource management and conservation.
Dr. Jama attended a high level conference organized by the Global Water Program at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center on Accelerating sustainable, people-centered integrated water services for the poor, August 29 - September 2, 2011.
AGRA, renewable energy technologies, resource management, development, conservation