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April 1982 - December 1983

Assistant research officer at the Forestry Research Department, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, RUG, Belgium.


Tasks
Monitoring of practical sessions for the Comparative Forestry course (150 hours theory + 180 hours practical work).
Research in the field of forestry managment and acid rain.
Monitoring of MSc thesis students.

March 1980 - March 1982

Associate Expert for FAO, at the ‘Centre pour le Développement de l'Horticulture’, Dakar, Senegal. Based in Nianga (Podor), Région du Fleuve (Sénégal).


Tasks
Extension of plant protection methods in the industrial tomato growing zone (Région du Fleuve).
Applied and fundamental research: field trials with 18 different vegetables (under irrigation conditions) (see annex 4). Field trials with plant protection methods (tests of products, Ultra Low Volume method). Determination of diseases and pests: phytopathology and entomology.

July 1979 - October 1979

Scientific research officer at IITA, Ibadan, Nigeria (ABOS grant).


Tasks
Applied and fundamental research on crop physiology, natural resistance towards pod sucking bugs, and plant protection of cowpea (Vigna unguiculata).
Consultancies, Missions and Assignments (Abroad)
2012
30 March – 7 April Mzuzu (Malawi)
Consultancy/capacity building mission for Ex-Change with Mzuzu Young Voices (themes covered: report writing, proposal submission,…)
2011
4 – 21 July Madagascar
Consultancy mission for GreenPetrol Investments Limited (http://www.greenpetrolinvest.com) on Euphorbia tirucalli L. production/harvesting for biofuel production; field visits to southern Madagascar
26 June – 1 July Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
Second International Symposium on Underutilised Plant Species. Crops for the future – Beyond food security.

Member of the scientific committee.

Chair for Theme 2/session 3 – Economic and marketing potential – building value chains

Oral presentations:



  • Physiological adaptation of tamarind (Tamarindus indica) in relation to progressive drought stress (Niang, M., Diouf, M. & Van Damme, P.)

  • Characterisation, sustainable use, and value chains of Annona cherimola Mill. In Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia (Van Damme, P.)

  • Underutilised plant species and value chains – the case for baobab and tamarind (Van Damme, P. & De Caluwé, E.)

21 – 26 June Kuala Lipis (Malaysia)

Monitoring mission for the Barry-Callebaut cocoa quality improvement-through-management practices programme: field visit to the Selborne plantation site, and coordination meetings with on site local/Barry-Callebaut management.
12 – 16 June Ibagué (Colombia)
13 June


  • Participation in a workshop hosted by Universidad de Ibagué, Gobernacion del Tolima and Ministerio de hacienda y crédito publico: Identificacion de visiones y priorizacion de proyectos con impacto regional susceptible de ser financiados con recursos del sistema general de regalias

  • Meeting with Universidad del Tolima and Universidad de Ibagué : discussion on and finalisation of new content of VlIR-EI-programma Maestria en Ciencias Agroalimentarias

14 June

  • Official opening session of the Maestria en Ciencias Agroalimentarias

  • Visit of laboratory infrastructure of Universidad del Tolima

4 – 12 June Ecuador




  • Consultancy for the Ministry of Agriculture, Ecuador (Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganadería, Acuacultura y Pesca, MAGAP), and I.I.C.A., Ecuador (Instituto Interamericano de Cooperación para la Agricultura) on ‘Agro-Biodiversity. Integrating Agro-biodiversity and associated ecosystem services into development co-operation’: discussion of results (with ministry and IICA), and delivery of consultancy document.

  • Field visit to Guasaganda, La Mana, and monitoring of progress of construction of biodiversity research centre; discussion/monitoring of research work of Daniela Penafiel (UGent)

  • Preparation of new consultancy on: Diseno de un plan estrategico de desarrollo de sectores considerados come emergentes, mediante la elaboracion de un plan que facilite la mejora de productividad y competitividad para lograr sectores de clase mundial (Elaboration of a strategic plan to develop promising economic sectors for product(ion) diversification towards a more competitive and productive Ecuadorian economy that will be able to face international standards and competition) (awarding authority: Ministerio de coordinacion de la produccion, empleo y competitividad).

9 June Amsterdam (Holland)


European seminar on organized crime and cannabis – Park Plaza Amsterdam Airport

Presentation: Yilcan – Yield of lLlicit indoor CANnabis Plantations (Van Damme, P. & Vanhove, W.)


7 – 23 May Cameroon/DRC

Mid-term evaluation of the Belgian Development Cooperation-financed AgroForestry Tree Products For West and Central Africa (AFTP4A) programme

Field visits to project sites in Cameroon (MidWest; 8 – 14 May) and DRC (Bas-Congo; 15 – 22 May
24 April – 5 May Togo/Benin

Consultancy missions for Ex-Change (www.ex-change.be)


Togo

  • Horticultural curriculum development (Ecole supérieure d’Agronomie (ESA), Université du Benin, Lome)

  • NGO CADO, Agou-Avédjé (Kpalimé) : training/fact findint mission; SWOT analysis and definition of capacity building needs

  • Ministry of Agriculture: review of agricultural production plans

Benin


  • Belgian Development Cooperation (www.ctbbtc.org): fact finding mission/training needs assement for the Laboratoire Central, nutrional and food safety analyses

16- 20 April Rome (Italy)


IFAD Headquarters: debriefing ECART-EEC review mission. Synthesis of activity 1, System Priority 2 review
20- 26 March Kampala (Uganda)
Malaria workshop: Malaria control in Africa using plant extracts (MALARIAPLANT-Project Establishment Support (PES)) – project proposal development meeting, georganiseerd door: de University of Life Sciences, Oslo, onder financiering van de Research Council of Norway (RCN)
9 – 14 March Bayamo (Cuba)

Keynote address: Fifteen years of research on cherimoya (Annona cherimola L.) in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia (in het Spaans aangeleverd: 15 Anos de investigacion con cherimoya (Annona cherimola L.) en Ecuador, Peru y Bolivia (in samenwerking met Scheldeman, X. en Vanhove, W.)


6 – 8 March Firenze (Italy)
PAEPARD 2 - First European multi-stakeholder consultation (on fostering European-African research for development partnershops)
5 – 7 March Marseille (France)
Grant application evaluation session for IRD-France
2 – 5 March Barcelona (Spain)
Teaching in ERASMUS-Intensive Programme on ‘Bioculture’

Courses taught:



  • Ethnobotany and new crop development – introduction (4 h)

  • The ins and outs of ethnobotanical research: how to cope with the difficulties of field research (2 h)

13 - 23February Kinshasa (RDC)




  • Second Steering Committee meeting: “Increasing small-scale farmer benefits from agroforestry tree products in West and Central Africa” (AFTP4A)

  • First Steering Committee meeting: “Promoting Rural Innovation through Participatory Tree Domestication in West and Central Africa

  • Field visits to project sites in and around Bas-Congo, Matadi, …

7 – 11 February Addis Abeba (Ethiopia)




  • External examiner for PhD in Ethnobotany/Biodiversity of Homegardens and Spices, Mr Feleke Woldeyes (supervisors: Dr. Zemede Asfaw and Prof. Sebsebe Demissew), University of Addis Abeba, Faculty of Life Sciences

  • Discussions about possible collaboration with the university of Addis Abeba

  • Addis Abeba University seminar series

Presentation:: Wild edible plants: a review of their potential to combat food insecurity, the case of Ethiopia. (Lulekal, E., Zemede, A., Kelbessa, E. & Van Damme, P. )

  • Field visits to ethnobotany research areas

16 – 26 January Nairobi (Kenya)


ICRAF – Global Research Programme 3 (GRP3) write-shop: resource person for scientific article writing

GRP1: writing of ethnobotany ~ domestication book chapter (in collaboration with dr. ir. Roeland Kindt, and under supervision of ir. Jan Beniest)


4 – 10/10 - 14 January Los Banos (Philippines)/Lucknow (India)
European Union-commissioned joint ECART/EEIG and NATURA evaluation of the IRRI-led ‘IRRI (1IRR41: Raising Productivity in Rainfed Environments: Attacking the Roots of Poverty’ programme; briefing sessions at IRRI’s headquarters and field visits to rainfed rice improvement programmes in in Obregon, Sonora state (together with Dr. Lene Sigsgaard, Denmark)
2010
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fall 2010 – to be updated
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19 – 31 October Cotonou (Benin)


  • Fourth and final annual meeting of DADOBAT project

  • DADOBAT symposium (25 – 27 October)

Session leader for sessions :

  • Domestication, agronomie et agroforesterie

  • Ethnobotanique, marches et chaînes de valeurs

3 – 13 September Kisangani (RDC)


Formulation mission for the VlIR-IUS (institutional support to universities) programme with Université de Kisangani
8 – 28 August Namibia
Representative of the UGent: discussions/planning of collaborative activities with the Polytechnic of Namibia, Windhoek, in the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding signed by both parties
12 – 29 July Ecuador
Advisor for the Ministry of Agriculture (MAGAP, IICA contract) on Agrobiodiversity (elaboration of a policy paper on protection and integration of agrobiodiversity into the national/local agricultural systems).

Meetings and fact finding with stakeholders, institutions,... in Quito ... and Guayaquil (ESPOL)


8 – 11 Canterbury (UK)
ERASMUS-IP Ethnobotany: discussions and preparation of joint research proposals and the 2011 Barcelona Spring semester class
5 – 7 July Hannover (Germany)
ERASMUS-IP event: discussions and preparation of joint research proposals

Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD)/German Academic Exchange Service Summer School Hannover: Cropping Energy: Linking Food, Biomass Production, and Waste Management to Bio-Energy Projects (DE-2009-ERA/MOBIP-ANT-28261-1-55) (http://www.botanik.uni-hannover.de)

Class taught: Jathropha curcas, Euphorbia tirucalli, and other biodiesel plants for production in a saline/drought stress environment (6 July)


19 – 28 June Ecuador
Advisor for the Ministry of Agriculture (MAGAP, IICA contract) on Agrobiodiversity (elaboration of a policy paper on protection and integration of agrobiodiversity into the national/local agricultural systems).

Meetings and fact finding with stakeholders, institutions,... in Quito ... and Guayaquil (ESPOL)

Preparation/finalisation of SENACYT/FWO research proposal on pesticidal properties of Solanum mammosum
11 – 19 June Peru
Planning and fact finding mission for and with ICRAF-Latin America (resource person: Dr. Julio Ugarte) with visits of Universidad La Molina (Lima), CIP (Lima), INIA (Pucallpa), IIAP (Iquitos), Belgian development cooperation (Lima),…
2 - 5 June Budapest (Hungary)
Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting for International Fund for Science (IFS-Sweden – www.ifs.se)
17 – 30 May Ecuador


  • Advisor for the Ministry of Agriculture (MAGAP, IICA contract) on Agrobiodiversity (elaboration of a policy paper on protection and integration of agrobiodiversity into the national/local agricultural systems).

  • Meetings and fact finding with stakeholders, institutions,... in Quito (Universidad Central de Quito, Universidad Catolica de Quito, MAGAP, INIAP,...) , Loja (Arcoiris, Fundacion San Francisco, Universidad Nacional de Loja, Universidad ... ,...) and Guayaquil (ESPOL)

  • Preparation of a SENACYT/FWO-financed research project on Solanum mammosum (pesticidal/alellopathic properties) (together with dr. Pa tricia Manzano)

9 – 13 May Yerevan (Armenia)


Expert meeting FAO – consultancy on Sustainable integrated livestock production systems
5 – 8 May Kaunas (Lithuania)
ERASMUS coordination meeting
10 – 16 (- 22; ash cloud) April Malaysia
Planning mission for/with Barry-Callebaut: discussion of research issues and agenda with local B-C representatives, and visits to field sites (Selborne estate, Ladang; …)
28 March – April Bayamo (Cuba)
Planning and follow-up mission for the VlIR-EI project ‘Saline Crops Solve Soil Salinity in Eastern Cuba: Institutional Strengthening and Capacity Building for Research and Development (acronym: 4SEC)’ – field visits (to experimental fields sites) and planning of second year research/teaching agenda (together with Prof. Dr. ir. Roeland Samson, University Antwerp, Belgium)
28 February – 6 March Nairobi (Kenya)
ICRAF-GRP1: global project 1 annual planning and sharing meeting
22 – 24 February Marseille (France)
Grant application evaluation session for IRD-France
(8-) 9 - 11 (-12) February Ebolowa (Cameroon).

First Steering Committee meeting: “Increasing small-scale farmer benefits from agroforestry tree products in West and Central Africa” (AFTP4A)

First Steering Committee meeting: “Promoting Rural Innovation through Participatory Tree Domestication in West and Central Africa

Field visits to project sites in and around Ebolowa


25 – 27 January Bonn (Germany)
Evaluation session for the Germany Federal Ministry of education and research- programme evaluated: BMBF funding measure "Sustainable land management"– Module A“
17 – 23 January Guayaquil/Quito (Ecuador)
Advisor for the Ministry of Agriculture (MAGAP, IICA contract) on Agrobiodiversity (elaboration of a policy paper on protection and integration of agrobiodiversity into the national/local agricultural systems).

Meetings and fact finding with stakeholders, institutions,... in Quito. Finalisation of TORs and contract discussions.


11 – 16 January Guayaquil (Ecuador)
Closing event VlIR-IUS project with ESPOL, Guayaquil

Visit to new VlIR-IUS partner: Universidad de Cuenca


2009
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(more details to be provided for a number of activities over Feb – Dec period)
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Rome (Italy)


2 – 8 December Hyderabad (India)
European Union-commissioned joint ECART/EEIG and NATURA evaluation of the ICRISAT-led programmes on socio-economics (together with dr. Orr, UK)
25 – 27 November Bamako (Mali)
European Union-commissioned joint ECART/EEIG and NATURA evaluation of the ICRISAT-led programmes on socio-economics
27 - 29 November Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)
Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting for International Fund for Science (IFS-Sweden – www.ifs.se)

Training Workshop on ‘Training on Writing Research Proposals in English’ (IFS)


17 – 23 October Guayaquil/Quito (Ecuador)


  • Advisor for the Ministry of Agriculture (MAGAP, IICA contract) on Agrobiodiversity (elaboration of a policy paper on protection and integration of agrobiodiversity into the national/local agricultural systems).

  • Meetings and fact finding with stakeholders, institutions,... in Quito and Guayaquil; contract discussions and definition of TORs.

12 – 15 October Kinshasa (RDC)


Start-up workshop organised by ICRAF/UGent in launching of project AFTP4A (Increasing small-scale farmer benefits from agroforestry tree products in West and Central Africa)

30 April – 6 May Stockholm (Sweden)


Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting for International Fund for Science (IFS-Sweden – www.ifs.se)

Training Workshop on ‘Training on Writing Research Proposals in English’ (IFS)


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17 – 26 February Jiangsu province (China)
Private consultancy for Subei Flower Company Limited (Shuyang county), and other Shuyang county-based horticultural companies (commissioned by Shuyang county government)

Consultancy and discussions with Sun Yat Sen botanical garden, and research units, Nanjing


9 - 16 February Guyana
Follow-up mission for the TradeCom-financed R&D programme ‘Development of an agricultural diversification export strategy for Guyana’s agricultural sector’. Team leader and main contractor: Prof. Dr. ir. Patrick Van Damme

Discussions with Guyana stakeholders, fact finding and value chain analysis, planning of activities and final workshop


31 January – 6 February Yaoundé (Cameroon)
Planning workshop for the ‘Increasing small-scale farmer benefits from agroforestry tree products in West and Central Africa (AFTP4A)’ project (ICRAF/IRAD/INERA - UGent)
19 – 23 January Marseille (France)
Grant application evaluation session for IRD-France
6 – 16 January Guyana
Second stage of the inception mission (see September 2008) for the TradeCom-financed R&D programme ‘Development of an agricultural diversification export strategy for Guyana’s agricultural sector’. Team leader and main contractor: Prof. Dr. ir. Patrick Van Damme

Discussions with Guyana stakeholders, definition of work programme, planning of 6-months’ activities


2008
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Mexico
Cusco (Peru)

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30 October – 9 November Saly (Senegal)
Second annual meeting of the DADOBAT project (www.DADOBAT.soton.ac.uk), including field visits to local baobab/tamarind production and processing units

18 – 26 September Guyana


Inception mission for the TradeCom-financed R&D programme ‘Development of an agricultural diversification export strategy for Guyana’s agricultural sector’. Team leader and main contractor: Prof. Dr. ir. Patrick Van Damme

Discussions with Guyana stakeholders, definition of work programme, planning of 6-months’ activities


August/September Belize/Jamaica/Suriname
20-day review mission of the European Commission Banana Support Programme [Special Framework of Assistance (SFA) for traditional ACP suppliers of bananas], period 2006/8; review of technical aspects of the assistance provided to Belize, Jamaica and Suriname (in collaboration with Dr. B. Blarcum – socio-economy - and under supervision of Dr. Michael Julien; contractor: HTSPE, UK)

Discussions with government representatives, growers associations, and all major/relevant stakeholders, including EC programme officers


3 – 8 July Sri Lanka
European Union-commissioned joint ECART/EEIG and NATURA evaluation of the ICRAF-led programmes on domestication of local species for introduction into agroforestry (together with. Dr. ir. H. Egelyng, Denmark)
9 – 15 June Nairobi (Kenya) and Malawi
European Union-commissioned joint ECART/EEIG and NATURA evaluation of the ICRAF-led programmes on domestication of local species for introduction into agroforestry (together with. Dr. ir. H. Egelyng, Denmark)
5 – 7, and 16 – 29 June Guayaquil (Ecuador)
Teaching course: Ethnobotany and new crop development, in collaboration with ESPOL (contact persons: Prof. Dr. ir. Ramon Espinel, and Dr. ir. Paul Herrera
23 – 29 May Bayamo (Cuba)
Planning mission for the VlIR-EI project ‘Saline Crops Solve Soil Salinity in Eastern Cuba: Institutional Strengthening and Capacity Building for Research and Development (acronym: 4SEC)’ – field visits and planning of first year research/teaching agenda (together with Prof. Dr. ir. Roeland Samson, university Antwerp, Belgium)
30 April - 15 May Madagascar
Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting for International Fund for Science (IFS-Sweden – www.ifs.se)

Training Workshop on ‘Training on Writing Research Proposals in English’ (IFS)


16 – 18 April Brussels
FARA & EFARD Consultation on Agricultural Research Programming for FP7-FAB and FSTP, Organised by European Commission in collaboration with CTA (DGDEV Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium)

FARA-ECART (see: http://announcements.cta.int/2008/04/fara-efard-consultation-on-agricultural.html)


8 – 12 April Prague (Czech Republic)


  • Elaboration of research/teaching protocols with Dr. Ladislav (‘Lada’) Kokoska

  • Preparation/content discussion of ethnobotanical-biochemistry research articles

  • Teaching of classes (ERASMUS/SOCRATES teaching staff mobility programme):

- Ethnobotany and new crop development (6 hours’ module)
3 – 4 March Dakar (Senegal)
FARA & EFARD Consultation on Agricultural Research Programming for FP7-FAB and FSTP, FARA-ECART (see: http://announcements.cta.int/2008/04/fara-efard-consultation-on-agricultural.html)
3 – 12 January Kuwait
Fact finding and preparatory mission for Gopal (chocolate) industries in view of planting a 10 ha plot with vegetables (for Gopal industries, India)

Field visits, discussion with major stakeholders, and value chain representatives


2007
15 - 23 December Jiangsu province (China)
Private consultancy for Subei Flower Company Limited (Shuyang county), and several other, Shuyang county-based horticultural companies (commissioned by Shuyang county government)

Fact finding mission (and discussions) with Sun Yat Sen botanical garden, and research units, Nanjing


15 – 25 November Bamako (Mali)
First annual meeting of the DADOBAT project (www.DADOBAT.soton.ac.uk), including field visit to ICRAF-ICRISAT research station in Bamako and local baobab/tamarind processors
7 – 15 November Ha Noi (Vietnam)
Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting for International Fund for Science (IFS-Sweden – www.ifs.se)

Training Workshop on ‘Training on Writing Research Proposals in English’ (IFS, in collaboration with The Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology – VAST)


30 October – 6 November Quito (Ecuador)
Second annual meeting of the PAVUC project (www.PAVUC.soton.ac.uk) (Producing Added Value from Under-Utilised Crops)
3 - 6 October Valencia (Spain)
ERASMUS-SOCRATES teaching staff mobility programme – Politecnica de Valencia

Teaching of courses on:



  • Ethnobotany and new crop development: introduction (6 hours)

  • Study and research opportunities at University Gent (2 hours)

15 –26 September Guayaquil (Ecuador)


Fact finding mission in view of the preparation of a collaborative programme with ESPOL (www.espol.edu.ec); research to focus on ancient small dam constructions (albarradas) in the Santa Elena Peninsula (Guayas/Manabi provinces) and establishment of an agro-ecological research center in Cotopaxi province
23 August – 02 September Ibagué (Colombia)
Preparatory mission and Project Cycle Management workshop for finalizing the VlIR-EI project ‘Development of a MSc program in Agri-Food Science in Ibagué, Colombia’
5 – 13 August Bayamo (Cuba)
Preparatory mission and Project Cycle Management workshop for finalizing the VlIR-EI project ‘Saline Crops Solve Soil Salinity in Eastern Cuba: Institutional Strengthening and Capacity Building for Research and Development (acronym: 4SEC)’
16 – 24 June Dakar/Dagana (Senegal)
Formulation mission of a 5,000 ha biofuel production programme (based on Jatropha curcas), in collaboration with CERAAS-Senegal (Centre d’étude regional pour l’amélioriation de l’adaption à la sécheresse; www.ceraas.org) and Durabilis (www.durabilis.eu - private initiative focusing on promotion of sustainable development projects/initiatives
6 – 15 June Den Haag (Holland)
Conference of Parties (COP) for CITES (www.CITES.org) – member of the Belgian delegation
May-June Brussels (Belgium)
Evaluation of project proposals under the RTD FP7 KBBE ACTIVITY1 – European commission
28 – 31 May Antwerp (Belgium)
see 27 February
20 – 27 May Prague (Czech Republic)


  • Elaboration of research/teaching protocols with Dr. Ladislav (‘Lada’) Kokoska

  • Teaching of classes (ERASMUS/SOCRATES teaching staff mobility programme):

- Presentation of the Laboratory of Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture and Ethnobotany, and PAVUC/CHERLA/DADOBAT projects (22 May)

- Contribution of African botanicals to world agriculture. Or: how can ethnobotany help in new plant domestication for more food security and income generation in Africa (24 May)


16 – 20 May Hohenheim/Stuttgart (Germany)
Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting for International Fund for Science (IFS-Sweden – www.ifs.se)
6 – 13 May Kathmandu (Nepal)
European Union-commissioned joint ECART/EEIG and NATURA evaluation of the CIMMYT-led programmes on wheat/maize ex situ and in situ germplasm collection and characterization, and breeding for improved varieties project: visits to Kathmandu field station and wheat farmers, and NMRP-Rampur field station (south Nepal) (together with Prof. Dr. ir. E. Tollens, KUL, Belgium)
1 – 4 May Ankara (Turkey)
European Union-commissioned joint ECART/EEIG and NATURA evaluation of the CIMMYT-led programmes on wheat ex situ and in situ germplasm collection and characterization, and breeding for improved varieties project: field visits to Ankara regional office, and Eskisehir field station (together with Prof. Dr. ir. E. Tollens, KUL, Belgium)
23 – 29 April Chapingo/Mexico DF (Mexico)
European Union-commissioned joint ECART/EEIG and NATURA evaluation of the CIMMYT-led programmes on wheat/maize ex situ and in situ germplasm collection and characterization, and breeding for improved varieties project: briefing sessions at CIMMYTś headquarters and field visit of wheat improvement programme in Obregon, Sonora state (together with Prof. Dr. ir. E. Tollens, KUL, Belgium)
19 – 21 April Copenhagen (Denmark)
meeting with Dr. Lars Graudal, Dr. Jan Svejgård Jensen (on the 19th), Prof. Dr. Erik Dahl Kjaer (on the 20th), Anders Søndergård Larsen, Anders Ræbild (KVL, University of Copenhagen) and Dr. Anne Mette Lykke (University of Århus): discussion with project coordinators on possible collaboration with INCO-DEV projects SUN, SAFRUIT and DADOBAT (meeting hosted by KVL)
9 – 16 April Cancun (Mexico)
SEMARNAT (Secretaria de medio ambiente y recursos naturales) Taller internacional de expertos para la elaboracion de dictamenes de extraccion no perjudicial para caoba (Swietenia macrophylla), Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, 10 al 13 de abril de 2007 – Belgian representative in the joint ITTO/CITES/CONAFOR/CONABIO workshop/expert meeting

paper presented: ‘Non-detrimental findings to the survival of Appendix-II species - Need for relevant information and a standardized procedure to evaluate the non-detrimental character of the trade in timber species listed in Appendix II of the CITES convention’ (together with Beeckman, H. and De Ridder, M.)

field visit to Ejido Noh Bec: sustainable management and non-detrimental extraction of mahogany timber
1 – 8 April Accra (Ghana)


  • International Conference on Management of National Parks (organized by the International Centre for Enterprise and Sustainable Development (ICED), Ghana, and VUBrussels, Belgium)

  • FARA: debriefing meeting with Dr. Monty Jones, director, and Dr. Freddie Kwesiga (SSA-CP/FARA)

27 February Brussels (Belgium)

and 28 – 31 May Antwerp (Belgium)
Briefing meeting (Feb) and VlIR, i.e. Flemish InterUniversitary Council-commissioned visitation of the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp (Instituut voor Tropische Geneeskunde, ITG) (May)
11 – 15 March Gland (Switzerland)


  • monitoring visit of the PhD research work performed by Daniel Jimenez (Université de Lausanne/Yverdon)

  • WWF Briefing for WWF Trustees (WWF international, Gland offices)

16 – 25 February Sali (Senegal)


Kick-off meeting for the DADOBAT project (Domestication and Development of Baobab and Tamarind; www.dadobat.soton.ac.uk)
21 – 29 January Guyana
Formulation mission for the Government of Guyana (GoG); TORs: (1) diversification of the agricultural sector in Guyana, and (2) restructuration of agricultural research in Guyana.

Meetings with GoG ministry of agriculture, plan, finance,… officials, and the agricultural research stations network.

Preparation of TRADECOM (EU) proposals.
11 – 19 January Kinshasa (RDCongo)
1 week field visit as part of the 2-weeks external evaluation mission of the 2003 – 2007 Institutional University Co-operation programme (CUI – cooperation universitaire institutionnelle) between the francophone universities of Belgium (CUD – commission universitaire pour le développement; CIUF: centre interuniversitaire français) and the University of Kinshasa (UNIKIN).
2006
25 – 30 December Djerba (Tunisia)
Participation in the ‘Meeting international: Gestion des resources et applications biotechnologiques en aridoculture et cultures oasiennes: perspectives pour la valorisation des potentialités du Sahara’ – for details: see congresses section

Field visits to oasis and oasis management : Cherif, Fatnassi and Ben Salah, Haddad, Zarrok, Hamrouni and Bensalah.

Discussion with IRA Médenine officials on future collaborations, and PhD students research subjects.
6 – 11 December Dakar/Thiès (Senegal)


  • Chair of the joint International Foundation for Science (IFS) and CORAF evaluation and screening meeting: project proposal evaluation and allocation of funds to West African research teams (Dakar) (7 December)

  • Preparation of the start-up meeting of the EU-funded DADOBAT (Development And Domestication of Baobab And Tamarind) research project; together with CERAAS-Thiès: visit to project sites, practical discussions with CERAAS team members,… (8-10 December)

26 November – 4 December Fortaleza (Brazil)


First annual coordination meeting for EU-funded (INCO-DEV) PAVUC (Producing Added Value from Under-Utilised Crops) meeting: discussions about project progress and future activities, field visits to açai and cashew fruit research, production and processing units, discussions with partners on future collaboration and research.
30 October – 5 November Valencia (Spain)
ERASMUS-SOCRATES teaching staff mobility programme – Politecnica de Valencia

Teaching of courses on:



  • Ethnobotany and new crop development: introduction (6 hours)

  • Study and research opportunities at University Gent (2 hours)

Discussions with foreign relations office on future collaborations, meetings with representatives of laboratories working in the fields of ethnobotany, stress physiology,…
28 August – 10 September Cali (Colombia)


  • Fact finding mission to Cali, and central-west Colombia

  • Discussions with Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT) (director general, relevant laboratories working on indigenous fruit species, ‘precision agriculture’,…)

  • Discussions with IPGRI (International Plant Genetics Resource Institute) representatives on future collaborations (Dr. ir. X. Scheldeman)

  • Discussions with prospective doctoral students

  • Lunch talk (Fruit for thought lunch meetings): Ethnobotanical research at University Gent

20 July – 9 August Bejing/Tibet (China)




  • On invitation by the Chinese Academy for Agricultural Sciences, a series of classes on:

- Water harvesting techniques

- Ethnobotanical Research at University Gent

- Ethnobotany and new crop development: an introduction


  • On invitation by the Chinese Academy for Agricultural Sciences: fact finding mission to and study tour of Tibet (30 July – 5 August)

  • On invitation by the Nanjing Botanical Garden (Sun Yat Sen): discussions with Botanical Garden authorities on possible collaboration on ethnobotanical and plant systematics research (6 – 8 August)

26 May - 18 June Uganda




  • 3 weeks ethnobotanical/ethnoveterinary field survey in Karamoja (northeastern Uganda) (together with Dr. Jean Gradé

  • courtesy visit to Martyrs University of Uganda – discussions with Mr. Michel Lejeune, vice-chancellor on possibilities of collaboration and memorandum of agreement

  • courtesy visit to Makerere University, and invited lecture on ‘Ethnobotanical research at university Gent’ and ‘Edulink programme on capacity building in the field of indigenous knowledge systems’. Discussions with dean of Faculty of Sciences, and Dr. John R.S Tabuti, on future collaboration.

17 – 23 May Accra (Ghana)


Briefing discussions with FARA (www.fara-africa.org) on TORs of the monitoring/evaluation exercises FARA will go through: ‘to advise and develop a strategy that would lead to successful outcomes of three planned Key FARA External Reviews i.e.:

  1. The CGIAR Science Council Review of the Inception Phase of the Sub-Saharan Africa Challenge Programme scheduled for the period between 25th April and 15th June 2006.

  2. The FARA Donor’s Review scheduled for the period between June/July 2006.

  3. The External Programme Management Review (EPRM) of FARA scheduled for the period between November 2006 and April 2007’.

Discussions with Dr. Monty Jones, and FARA staff on issues to be addressed.
11 – 15 May Prague (Czech Republic)


  • Discussions with Agricultural University of Prague representatives on future teaching/scientific research collaboration (ERASMUS/SOCRATES programmes).

  • Elaboration of research/teaching protocols with Dr. Ladislav (‘Lada’) Kokoska.

  • Visit of labs and institutions working on/with medicinal plants.

25 April – 3 May Santa Clara (Cuba)


Advisory mission for Botanical Garden of UCLV (Universidad Central de Las Villas)

  • lectures on ethnobotanical research at UGent; and methodology; grants and financial support programmes

  • ethnobotanical field work: collection of useful plant specimens

  • discussions with university/science faculty authorities on future programmes

6 – 11 April Berlin (Germany)


NATURA general assembly

NATURA workshop – presentation of EDULINK collaborative/tentative proposals for further elaboration


2 – 5 April Montpellier (France)
CIRAD (www.cirad.fr/): discussions with Dr. Max Reyes on future collaboration within and outside of PAVUC (see infra)
8 – 15 March Accra (Ghana)
Panel member reviewing full SSA-CP project proposals.

Evaluation/critical review of SSA-CP’s Strategic plan.

20 – 28 February Costa Rica
Start-up meeting of the INCO-DEV STREP research project: Producing added value from under-utilised tropical fruit crops with high commercial value (short title, and acronym: Producing Added Value from Under-Utilised Crops, PAVUC). Discussion with partner organizations: CIRAD (France), Universität Bonn (Germany), CITA (Costa Rica), Centro de investigacion en tecnologia y alimentos – Escuala Politecnica nacional (Ecuador), EMBRAPA (Brazil), INIFAT (Mexico), ICUC (UK).
13 – 20 February Malaga (Spain)
Start-up meeting of the INCO-DEV STREP research project: Promotion of sustainable cherimoya production systems in Latin America through the characterization, conservation and use of local germplasm diversity (CHERLA). Discussions and planning with partner organizations: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (Spain), University of Vienna (Austria), IPGRI (CG Centre, Rome), Instituto Nacional Autonomo de Investigaciones Agropecuarias (Ecuador), Instituto Nacional de Investigacion y Extension Agraria (Peru), Fundacion para la Promocion e Investigacion de Productos Andinos (PROINPA, Bolivia), Servicio Nacional de Sanidad Agraria (Peru) and Naturaleza y Cultura Internacional (Ecuador/Peru).
18 – 26 January Accra (Ghana)
Member of the 14-member review panel of SSA-CP concept notes (www.fara-africa.org).
2005
28 October – 14 November Costa Rica
Consolidation mission and validation of 2005 research activities located in the Chiquita-run Nogal natural reserve (Sarapiqui; biodiversity research and overall development activities). Field visits to several areas of (botanical/natural/biodiversity) interest in Costa Rica (Pacific/Caribbean) (in collaboration with WWF-Belgium).
September/October West/East/Southern Africa
European Union-commissioned joint ECART/EEIG and NATURA evaluation of the FARA-led and CGIAR-promoted Sub-Sahara Africa Challenge Programme (SSA-CP, http://www.fara-africa.org/SSA%20CP.htm).

Field visits to Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe (3 – 10 September 2005) and Nigeria, Niger, Uganda, Rwanda and RDC (17 – 28 October 2005) Pilot Learning Sites; discussions with stakeholders and project management (in Nairobi, Blantyre, Harare, IITA-Ibadan, Kampala,…).


25 September – 16 October Madagascar
Field visits to several areas of (botanical/natural/biodiversity) interest in Madagascar (Central, East and North) (in collaboration with WWF-Belgium). Fact finding mission in view to initiate further research activities.
27 July – 17 August Burundi
Evaluation of the Belgian Technical Cooperation programme : Appui ISABU Filière Semences (AIFS) Burundi, (Projet BDI/01/006).
20 June Berlin (Germany)
Joint GTZ (German Development Agency) and Chiquita Brands International meeting on initiation of the Public Private Partnership (PPP), the ‘Nogal Nature and Community Project’, Costa Rica (shared objectives: Biodiversity Conservation, Environmental Education and New Livelihoods.

Participation into the Expert Panel: Business and Biodiversity


16 – 19 June Cork (Ireland)
NATURA board meeting, and discussions on possible research and teaching collaboration with Cork University representatives
18 – 25 May Iran
Fact finding mission to Rafsanjan, Kerman, Bam, and Teheran: discussions with university representatives (R/K/T) on possibilities of collaboration. Field visits of pistachio and almond production areas. Visit to the Iran Pistachio Research Institute (P.O.Box 77175.435, Rafsanjan Iran) in view of possible collaboration.

22 – 25: participation in the IVth international Symposium on Almond and Pistachio (see congresses section)


11 May Paris (France)
Workshop/meeting CIRAD and ICUC on possible EU/INCO project development
5 – 9 May Dakar (Senegal)
Member of the expert committee at the IFS/CORAF meeting: project proposal evaluation and allocation of funds to West African research teams
19 April - 1 May Mexico
Fact finding mission to Cuernavaca, Institute of Biotechnology (Dr. Pallavolu Mahesh Reddy, Ph.D., Centro de Investigacion sobre Fijacion de Nitrogeno – UNAM, Programa de Biología Molecular de Plantas, Apdo. Postal 565-A, Cuernavaca, Morelos) and visit of experimental sites in Morelos province; visit of Acapulco and natural reserves/surroundings.

Participation in the 1er Congreso Internacional de Ingenieria (see conferences section). Visit of greenhouse experiments monitored by Universidad Autonoma de Querétaro, Facultad de Ingenieria.


29 March – 03 April Dakar (Senegal)
Member of the expert committee at the IFS/CORAF meeting: project proposal evaluation of and feedback/monitoring of rewriting process together with West African research teams
5 - 15 March Shahrekord (Iran)
Ceremony and official visit for the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between Shahrekord University and University Ghent.

Discussion with Shahrekord partners on specific fields of collaboration.


1 – 2 March Madrid (Spain)
Discussions with Complutense University scientists on possibilities for collaboration
19 – 26 February Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Start-up meeting of the ALCUE project: “From European fork to Latin American farm”: an innovative networking platform for EU –LAC partnerships in food quality and safety R&D”. Discussion with project partners on specific fields of intervention and collaboration; planning of future interventions/workshops.
2004
26 December – 8 January Senegal
Fact finding mission and discussions with university and research partners. Visit of different natural reserves sites (Djoudj, Casamance, pays Bassari)

11 – 19 November Bhutan


Appraisal mission for IFAD as “rural production development specialist” of the Agricultural Marketing and Enterprise Promotion Project (AMEPP).

24 September – 5 October Bhutan





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