Tools4SeedSystems: Sharing experiences and lessons learned for future success

This project has focused first on implementing the training of trainers in Cameroon and establishing rapid multiplication plots in DRC. RTB activities have also taken place in humanitarian settings in the five virtual countries, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Haiti, Madagascar and Mozambique. In this our fourth virtual meeting in 2023, we will hear summaries of these activities and greater detail from Cameroon and Haiti. We will then reflect on the key experiences and lessons learned and harvest suggestions that need to be taken forward for future success

Language: English with simultaneous translation to French available.


December 07
15:00-17:30 (EAT/GMT-3)


Kwame Ogero,
Jorge Andrade-Piedra,


Zoom invitation


Jorge Andrade is a plant pathologist at the International Potato Center (CIP) and the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers, and Bananas. He specializes in potato seed systems and late blight epidemiology with more than 20 years of experience in the Andes and several countries in Africa and Asia. Jorge holds a PhD in Plant Pathology from Cornell University in New York.

Senior Scientist
International Potato Center


Doudou is a socio-economist who has been working at IITA for over 8 years. He is involved in conducting and analyzing impact studies, value chains for agribusiness development and food security in the Great Lake region and in the DRC in particular. He has been working under the Tools4Seedsystems project in the DRC for over a year. He has conducted baseline studies for many projects in the DRC, Rwanda, Burundi and Cameroon. He has also worked with Food for hungry (Fh) on household surveys to identify Bacterial Wilt (BXW) and treatment methods in the Walungu and Mwenga territories of South Kivu. He began his career with Louvain Coopération in the monitoring and evaluation of a food security project in Louvain Coopération’s intervention sites in South Kivu, DRC.

Socioeconomist and Project Assistant
IITA Bukavu


Victorine Fornkwa is a Potato Specialist at the International Potato Center based in  Bafoussam, Cameroon. Victorine has over 15 years’ experience working in Research for Development teams with focus on crop improvement through plant biotechnology techniques and value chain development in CameroonShe has participated in the capacity building of stakeholders across value chains like potato, banana, plantain, yam and cassava. Before joining CIP, Victorine worked as a tissue culture specialist in IITA and IRAD CameroonShe has a MSc in Biochemistry and is currently pursuing a PHD in the University of Yaoundé I, Cameroon focusing on potato disease diagnostics and biocontrol. 

Potato Specialist – NRS SSA Research, Cameroon
International Potato Center


Tatah Karen J’ai is a field Agent with Nascent solutions Inc. Cameroon, one of the USAID BHA implementing partners. She is currently coordinating Nascent activities in Oku Sub Division in the North West of Cameroon. Currently she is training Garden delegates on the production sweet potato root and seeds to support in Home grown school feeding.

Field Agent
Nascent Solutions Inc


Bebel Nguepi is a specialist in knowledge management and agribusiness, with practical experience in the agricultural value chain, including research, production, extension services, data analysis as well as cross-cutting areas such as communication and capacity building applied to the rural development sector. Technically equipped and perfectly bilingual, Mr. Bebel Parfait Nguepi has set up nurseries with thousands of grafted lemon, mango and avocado trees, as well as cocoa and plantain seedlings. Holder of a Master’s degree in Seed Technology He founded his company SEED FOR AGRICULTURE in 2019, where the main services are seed production and distribution, farm and orchard planning and management, ICT services for agriculture and irrigation systems. He is an analytical and results-oriented professional with over six years’ experience in development organizations, including the Cameroon Forum for Agricultural Advisory services (CAMFAAS), PROCASUR Corporation, the African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS), the Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) network and the International Potato Center.

Knowledge Management Specialist
International Potato Center


Kwame Ogero is an Associate Scientist at the International Potato Center (CIP). He is also the Country Representative for Tanzania. He is involved in efforts geared towards developing sustainable seed systems for roots, tubers and banana crops with a specific focus on sweetpotato. His research is focusing on developing crop-specific models and decision support systems for understanding and managing seed degeneration. This includes identifying scenarios where on-farm management, resistant varieties, and seed replacement management strategies would be most optimal. Kwame is also interested in understanding effects of climate change on epidemiology of crop viruses and socioeconomic factors that influence farmers’ decisions to use different sources of seed including formal seed systems for access to improved varieties. He is a Co-Lead of the ‘Tools4SeedSystems: working towards resilience through root, tuber and banana crops in humanitarian settings’ project. In addition, he leads the Sweetpotato Component of the Program for Seed Systems Innovations for Vegetatively Propagated Crops in Africa (PROSSIVA) and co-leads a cross-crop Cross Cutting Component of the same program. Kwame serves on the Committee of the International Society for Tropical Root Crops – Africa Branch (ISTRC – AB) as the Eastern Africa Representative. Previously, Kwame worked at the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) Afri Center as a Liaison Officer for the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa (OFAB), Kenya Chapter, gaining vast experience in science communication and policy outreach. He holds a PhD in Ecological Plant Virology from Wageningen University & Research (WUR), Wageningen, The Netherlands, an MSc. degree in Agronomy from Kenyatta University and a BSc. Degree in Biochemistry from the University of Nairobi, both in Nairobi, Kenya. Kwame’s aspiration is to work with like-minded partners in developing and disseminating innovative technologies that can contribute towards improving global food security.

Regional Research Associate
International Potato Center


Bénédique Paul is agro-economist and entrepreneurship specialist at Université Quisqueya (UNIQ). He specializes in institutions, innovations and entrepreneurship with more than 20 years of experience in Haiti’s agricultural context. Bénédique holds a PhD in Economics from Montpellier University in France, after a Master degree in management, and an agricultural engineer diploma.

Agro-economist and entrepreneurship specialist
Université Quisqueya


Sue Canney Davison PhD is a co-Founder/Director of Pipal Ltd and Radical Facilitation and sis based in Nairobi, Kenya. Sue has over 30 years’ experience researching, designing and facilitating inclusive interactive processes, on-line and face to face, for multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary teams. She has worked particularly for IGOs and NGOs across the agricultural, environmental and renewable energy sectors, as well as extensively across the 1CGIAR.  She has a PhD from London Business School, and is currently a Research Associate in the Department of Botany and Plant Biotechnology at the University of Johannesburg, focusing on protecting arid lands NTFP income for rural livelihoods. She is on the Advisory Board of the AIRMID Institute.

Director of Pipal Ltd and Radical Facilitation


Originally from South Africa, Leanne Davies is an international learning and development specialist; founder of Livelearn UK and co-founder of Radical Facilitation.  Currently based in the UK, she has worked with a wide variety of different cultures and organisations in many different sectors. Leanne uses her expertise to assist clients to build effective leaders and teams, both on-line and in person, as well as developing trainers to deliver bespoke training courses.  Leanne holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Education in the  Lifelong Learning Sector from the University of Greenwich, an Honours Degree in Group Dynamics from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) South Africa and is a qualified coach.

Founder of Livelearn UK and co-founder of Radical Facilitation

Welcome, Purpose and Agenda of the Day

Recap of purpose and expected outcomes of the project
Kwame Ogero

Speed meet and greet
Leanne Davies

Feedback from Cameroon and DRC
Victorine Fornkwa, Karen Tatah and Doudou Dunia

Activities in virtual countries and a look at Haiti’s Seed Systems Assesment
Jorge Andrade-Piedra and Bénedique Paul

Thinking through Humanitarian actors including RTB Work
Kwame Ogero

Pause and Reflect


Two main question focus

Plenary Feedback

Evaluation and wrap up

Six Steps to Cassava Weed Management and Best Planting Practices

Training manual macro-propagation of banana and plantain

Micropropagation and hardening sweetpotato tissue culture plantlets

Field production of quality sweetpotato planting material

Tools4SeedSystems: working towards resilience through root, tuber and banana crops in humanitarian settings

Guidelines for construction and management of mini screenhouse for sweetpotato seed product

Everything your ever wanted to know about sweetpotato

Tools4SeedSystems: working towards resilience through root, tuber and banana crops in humanitarian settings

Tools4SeedSystems: Working towards resilience through root, tuber and banana crops in humanitarian settings. Workshop Report

Working towards resilience through root, tuber and banana crops in humanitarian settings.

Uganda: Refugee, host communities find relief and stability in Orange-fleshed Sweetpotato

Reaching humanitarian and neglected places with the nutritious and resilient sweetpotato

Madagascar: Anti-malnutrition initiative targeting drought-affected populations exceeds expectations in 18 months

Relief group travels hundreds of kilometers to feed school children in Cameroon, braving roadblocks to grow orange-fleshed sweetpotato in conflict-affected areas

Haiti: Improving the sweetpotato seed system in a challenging humanitarian environment

Discovering hope: Potato and sweetpotato technology transforming lives in drought and conflict-affected Ethiopia

Capacity needs assessment for root, tuber and banana seed interventions in humanitarian settings: Cameroon and DRC

Recap on Purpose & Progress

Kwame Ogero and the Tools4SeedSystems team

Cameroon feedback

Karen Tatah

This event was made possible through support provided by the Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance, U.S. Agency for International Development, under the terms of Award No. BHA 720BHA22IO00136. The opinions expressed in this event are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the US Agency for International Development.

This event was made possible through support from CGIAR Seed Equal Initiative. We thank all donors and organizations which globally support its work through their contributions to the CGIAR Trust Fund.

Tools4SeedSystems: Sharing experiences and lessons learned for future success