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Theme Leader, Seed Systems at ICRISAT, CGIAR System Organization

Chris Ojiewo is a skilled professional with over fifteen years experience in basic, applied, and adaptive plant breeding and seed systems research and development aimed at developing and delivering high yielding, nutrient dense, climate-smart, market-preferred varieties of vegetables, legumes and cereals. Chris obtained his PhD from Okayama University, Japan, 2007 (Plant Breeding); M.Sc., Okayama University, Japan, 2005 (Plant breeding); BSc. (1st Class), Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, 2001 (Horticulture).His career in this area spans across countries and institutions in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia including ICRISAT- Kenya (2017-Date), ICRISAT-Ethiopia (2013 to 2017), ICRISAT-Malawi (2012-2013); WorldVeg-Tanzania (2008 – 2012); Okayama University-Japan (2002-2008); FAO (Various countries and dates since 2009); ICIPE- Kenya (2001 – 2002); Kenya Seed Company (2000-2001). Promotion of vegetable-legume-cereal-livestock based family garden intensification systems, improving productivity and profitability for smallholder farmers, gender equity, youth empowerment, nutrition security, knowledge sharing and solving the perpetual problem of food and nutrition insecurity of resource-poor smallholder farmers, especially women and youth in rural and peri-urban semi-arid tropics are core to his sense of purpose. He has tenacious commitment to communicate and disseminate research results to stakeholders and end users. Together with various co-workers, he has researched and published over 100 scientific, technical and policy articles in his area of expertise.


  • –present
    Theme Leader, Seed Systems, CGIAR System Organization


  • 2007 
    International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, PhD. Agriculture