Thomas Dubois is the Director of AVRDC Eastern and Southern Africa (The World Vegetable Center), based in Tanzania. Dr. Dubois received his PhD in Entomology from Cornell University, USA in 2003. From 2005 to 2012 he served as a scientist with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), where he managed aflatoxin mitigation activities, developed seed marketing systems for East Africa, and worked on strategies for harmonization of biopesticide regulations and coherence in biotechnology applications. His recent activities have emphasized value chains for rice in 11 countries of sub-Saharan Africa, developing banana as an income-generating crop through linkage with the private sector, and enhancing technologies to reduce aflatoxin contamination of crops at a commercial scale. Dr. Dubois received the 2006 Young Promising Scientist Award from the CGIAR.
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