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The sixth in our seminar series will take place on Thursday, 16 Dec at 10:30 UK time – please join us.

The two presentations are as follows

Cassava Mosaic Viruses Transmitted by Whitefly Vector on Cassava and High Throughput Production of Virus-free Cassava Planting Material Using SAH Novel Technology

By Prisca Nwachukwu, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, Nigeria 

Prisca Nwachukwu began her career at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) as a Youth Corps Member for a year long compulsory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) program which she ran concurrently with her special community development service (CDS) project sponsored by UNICEF and IPAS through NYSC as a C-PET Facilitator on “Adolescents Reproductive Health, HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care”; a position she assumed after a short intensive training and examination on and off the youth camp. Ever since completion of her NYSC program, she has worked in different capacities, passionately and productively playing her research roles at IITA. She holds a B.Agric Degree in Plant Health Management from Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU) and M.Sc Degree (in view) in Plant Pathology from the University of Ibadan (UI), Nigeria. She is a co-founder of SAH, a novel technology in Africa.


The role of  Phytosanitary regulations in mitigating vectors borne viruses: A case study of Eastern Africa

By Dr Isaac Macharia of Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS), Kenya 

Dr. Isaac Macharia is General Manager Phytosanitary Services of KEPHIS, a government organisation whose responsibility it is to assure the quality of agricultural inputs and produce to prevent adverse impact on the economy, the environment and human health.

His duties include coordinating activities on Phytosanitary Services all aimed at ensuring safe movement of plant and plant products thereby ensuring food security, safe trade and protecting Kenya’s agriculture.

He has over 16 years’ experience in Phytosanitary regulation in Africa as an expert in phytosanitary regulation with a lot of interest in vector virus integration in phytosanitary system.

He has also been involved identification of quarantine pests, development of diagnostic protocol for quarantine pests, undertaking pest risk analysis, production and distribution of disease-free germplasm, seed health testing, surveillance of quarantine pests and diseases and accreditation of plant health laboratories.


To attend, please use this Zoom link (Meeting ID: 979 0745 0993  Passcode: 771978). There is no need to register. 

It takes place from 10.30 – 12 noon (UK time), Thursday 16 December. Please check carefully for time differences as they relate to your own location.