Dr. Abubakary Kijoji is a plant scientist with Ph.D. specialized in Crop Sciences (plant breeding, geneticsand physiology). He is an energetic, flexible, hard-working research and development professional with
18 years' experience in agricultural research and community development works.
He worked with Multi-national research teams and development agencies in participatory agriculture
research, extension services, technology evaluation, Seed production and supply systems, adoption and
scaling up of technologies. Particularly, he has working experience on participatory rice germplasm
evaluation, Seed Security System Assessment and climate change impact assessment. He has experience
in building public-private sector partnerships. He was co-chairing the African Alliance for Climate Smart
Agriculture (ACSAA) in Tanzania - the CSA consortium of five iNGO- i.e Oxfam, Care International, Catholic
Relief Services (CRS), World Vision Tanzania (WVT), and ICRAF. He is the co-founder of Tanzania Climate
Smart Agriculture Alliance (TCSAA) that brings together NGOs, government and non-governmental
climate change actors in Tanzania. ACSAA is leading resource mobilization thematic group of the TCSAA
where Dr Kijoji was co-chairing the consortium.
Dr Kijoji successfully managed soybean value chain project whereby he managed to introduce seven
soybean improved varieties and lines in 10 districts in Tanzania through establishing and managing over
200 field trials and over 3000 participatory variety and technology evaluation baby trials. This led to
increased soybean production from less than 1000 in 2013 to 6000 tons in 2018 from direct beneficiaries
let alone none beneficiaries; and productivity increased from 0.91 to 1.2 tons ha-1. In collaboration with
SAGCOT and Tanzania Feed Manufacturer Associations (TAFMA) linked over 13,000 farmers from
Southern highlands of Tanzania to 15 soybean traders and processors. Previously, Dr Kijoji worked with
Africa Rice Centre as research assistant where he coordinated Participatory Variety Selection trials for
NERICAs in ECA countries in collaboration with local agricultural research institutions.
Dr Kijoji recently introduced Input Supply hub model in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania where over
900 farmers' groups with over 13,000 framers linked to input suppliers including seed companies and
research through village-based agricultural advisories.
Dr Kijoji is a strong in all cycles of project management, including planning and managing implementation
of activities, preparation of periodical progress reports to stakeholders and donors, and is strong in
coordinating multiple implementing partners. He in recent engagement with CRS, managed and mentored
6 technical project team and 34 direct project implementing staff; and indirect 158 certified agricultural
paraprofessionals. He significantly contributed to improve partnership of CRS and implementing partners;
Ministry of Agriculture and the local government authorities in the Southern highlands.
farming / crops
research & development
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