Issa Ouedraogo

Issa Ouedraogo is a Senior Scientist at the Alliance of Bioversity International & CIAT, Country Representative of the Alliance in Senegal and OneCGIAR country convener for Senegal. He is currently coordinating various projects on climate action/adaptation such as resilience, climate information services, agricultural water and soil management interventions, etc.

Issa holds a master’s degree in Geography from the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Ghana and a PhD degree from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Alnarp, Sweden in Natural Resource Management with specialization in GIS and Remote Sensing.

Prior to joining the Alliance, Dr. Ouedraogo worked with ICRISAT/CCAFS (Senegal), World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF-Nairobi); Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC-Stockholm), University of Frankfurt (Germany) and INERA (Burkina Faso). His domains of expertise are land use and cover transition and drivers, population and environment nexus, agricultural soil water conservation interventions, water harvesting technologies for small scale agriculture; adaptation and mitigation practices (CIS/CSA).

In the course of his research experience, Dr Ouedraogo became aware that agricultural water management interventions and climate information services are essential for improving crop productivity, reducing poverty and increasing the resilience of smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa. To achieve this, doing with, rather than doing for people is the right way to implementing resilience practices in rural areas with long-term sustainability.