Dr. Christopher Oche ECHE

NATIONAL SECRETARY (+234) 8038288040  ceche@uam.edu.ng

Biography

Chris is an astute Nematologist with experience in field crop research and production systems. He works at the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi (FUAM) in Benue State, Nigeria where he carries out research, teaches and engages with farmers and clienteles through extension activities and developmental programmes.

His research interests are in the areas of nematode-pathogen interactions and disease complexes, molecular based taxonomy, bionematicide formulation and optimizing production outputs of different field crops such as yam, cassava, groundnut, Bambara nut, soybean, maize, sunflower, sorghum, tomato and beniseed. He served as Desk Officer for the USAID project dubbed “Increasing Groundnut Productivity of Smallholder livelihoods in Mali, Ghana and Nigeria”, and is the Benue state consultant for the UNDP-GEF Project on Food Security and Nutrition (FNS).

Chris is an alumnus of a number of institutions including Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; Ghent University, Belgium; Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta; The Ohio State University, Columbus, USA, Shenyang Agricultural University, China and Wageningen University, Netherlands. His expertise spans (i) Agro-allied Research, Teaching and Extension, (ii) Crop Protection and Production (Vegetables, Tuber and Root Crops, Legumes and Cereals), (iii) Agribusiness, Supply and Value Chain Analysis, (iv) Systems Dynamics: Modeling and Simulation, (v) Project Management and Evaluation and (vi) Data Management and Processing.

He is the National Secretary of the Nigerian Society for Plant Protection (NSPP) and a Mandela Washington Fellow (MWF).