1974 - 1979 University of Gent, Belgium
Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
Tropical Agronomy (great distinction)
1978 - 1979 University of Gent, Belgium
Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
Diploma for Higher Technical Teaching (distinction)
24/02/1989 University of Gent, Belgium
Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
Ph.D. in Agricultural Sciences (greatest distinction)
Dutch mother tongue
French very good (articles and teaching)
English very good (articles and teaching)
German fair (understanding, reading and speaking) and basic (teaching)
Spanish good (reading, speaking and teaching)
Afrikaans good (reading, speaking and teaching)
Latin passive knowledge (reading and understanding)
classic Greek passive knowledge (reading and understanding)
Computer Language Proficiency
Fortran IV, Fortran 77, BASIC
Wordstar, Wordperfect, dbase III, lotus 1-2-3, Statgraphics, COSTBEN, COSTAB1, MSOFFICE and applications (Word, Excell, Powerpoint, ...), Internet Browsers
Professional Career2 Since 2010: senior advisor for global research programme 1, domestication for ICRAF (contract during 2010, without contract from 2011)
October 2009 – June 2011: agrobiodiversity advisor for the Ministry of agriculture of Ecuador
Since October 2008 till now Director of the Centre for Sustainable Development, UGent (University Gent, Belgium; CDO: www.ugent.cdo.be)
From October 2007 till now Professor at the Hogeschool Gent – School of Industrial Engineers
Farming systems in the tropics (15 h theory, 30 h theory practical sessions)
Tropical crops (30 h theory, 30 h theory practical sessions)
From October 1992 till now
Full-time Professor at the
Laboratory of Tropical and Subtropical Agronomy and Ethnobotany
Faculty of Bioscience Engineering (FBE) (formerly Faculty of Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences, FAABS),
University of Gent (UGent) (formerly Rijksuniversiteit Gent, RUG),
(from October 1992 till September 2000: ‘docent’; October 2000 - September 2010: ‘hoofddocent’; October 2010 - present: hoogleraar).
Courses taught (www.ugent.be and http://www.fbw.ugent.be/Onderzoek/vakgroep02.php and http://www.plantproduction.ugent.be/Engels/education.html for an update version of courses currently taught) (all courses are taught at MSc level)
Remark: all courses are taught in Dutch, unless mentioned differently (Eng = English; Fr = French). Written texts are available for all courses. On request, English translations can be provided for all courses. Course contents and profiles are available.
The list herewith gives a complete overview of courses offered since 1992, and/but takes into account changes that have occurred over the years, due to programme changes. at BioScience Engineering Faculty, UGent (courses that are taught in the current academic year, are highlighted in bold; when course is taught in Dutch, Dutch title is highlighted; courses in red are still taught ‘as we speak’…)
Intensive Study of Tropical and Subtropical Agronomy (Grondige studie van de tropische en subtropische landbouw; 30 hours theory and 30 hours practical sessions – stopped in 2001/2002).
Plant Production 1 and Plant Production 2 (Fytotechnie 1 en 2; with Prof. Dr. ir. Dirk Reheul, Prof. Dr. ir. Pierre Debergh and Prof. Dr. ir. Robert Bulcke; 15 hours theory + 30 hours practical sessions for both courses – topics offered: edible tropical crops, fruit crops, non-edible tropical crops,…) (2002/3 – 2007/8) – detailed information is presented at the university’s site: http://aivwww.rug.ac.be/Studentenadministratie/Studiegids/2007/EN/FACULTY/I_LA/COURSE/IPLAND/03K00175/INDEX.HTM)
Tropical Crop Production (Tropische plantenteelt; 30/30; from 2007/8 – Dutch equivalent of Tropical Crop production hereafter)
Plant Production Systems (Plantaardige Productie; with Prof. ir. Tillo Behaeghe till 1995/96 and Prof. Dr. ir. Pierre Debergh; since 1996/97, with Prof. Dr. ir. Dirk Reheul and Prof. Dr. ir. Pierre Debergh; 30 hours theory till 1999/2000, as from 2001/2002: 30 theory + 15 practicals).
Plant Husbandry: selected crops (Typegewassen; with Prof. Dr. ir. Robert Bulcke, Prof. Dr. ir. Dirk Reheul and Prof. Dr. ir. Pierre Debergh; 30 hours theory and 30 hours practical sessions); as from 2007/8: Plant Husbandry (Plantenteelt; with Prof. Dr. ir. Robert Bulcke, Prof. Dr. ir. Dirk Reheul, and Prof. Dr. ir. Marie-Christine Van Labeke; 30/30; own input: Rice (9 hours theory) and Banana (6 hours, in collaboration with Prof. Dr. ir. Ronny. Swennen, KULeuven)
Specialised Crop Husbandry (Bijzondere Plantenteelt; with Prof. Dr. ir. Robert Bulcke, Prof. Dr. ir. Dirk Reheul and Prof. Dr. ir. Pierre Debergh; 30 hours theory and 15 hours practical sessions; stopped in 2001/2002).
Applied Plant Systematics (Toegepaste Plantensystematiek; 30 hours theory and 15 hours practical sessions – till 2001/2002) – as from 2002/2003 this course has been changed in: Ethnobotany and New Crop Development (Etnobotanie en nieuwe teeltontwikkeling, 15 + 30).
Farming Systems (part of the International Master’s Programme on Rural Development (IMRD); 45/0)
Rural Development (part of the International Master’s Programme on Rural Development (IMRD); 45/0 – 2005/6 and 2006/7)
Tropical Food Production (part of MSc Programme Tropical Agriculture, which is part of the International Programme on Rural Development and Nutrition; together with Prof. Dr. ir. Dirk Berkvens (UGent/Institute for Tropical Medicine-Antwerp) and Prof. Dr. ir. Patrick Sorgeloos; 45 theory)
Tropical Crop Production (part of MSc Programme Tropical Agriculture, which is part of the International Programme on Rural Development and Nutrition; 30/30)
[at the Faculty of Sciences, Tropical Soil Science Programme, collaboration UGent-VUB – currently stopped
Desertification & Dry Land Farming (GAS Physical Land Resources, with Prof. Dr. ir. Roger Hartmann, 30 hours theory and 45 hours practical sessions; formerly, till 1999/2000, this course was called: Crop Husbandry, 30 hours theory and 30 hours practical sessions) (course stopped in 2003/4).
Integrated Agricultural Land Use Systems (GGS Physical Land Resources, with Prof. Dr. ir. Daniel Demeyer and Prof. Dr. ir. Robert De Wulf, 30 hours theory and 45 hours practical sessions; formerly, till 1999/2000, these were two separate courses: Agropastoral Farming Systems, and Agroforestry Systems, each counting for 30 hours theory and 30 hours practical sessions) (course stopped in 2004/5).]
at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, UGent
Rural Development (Plattelandsontwikkeling; 30 hours theory).
Plant Production Systems (Plantaardige Productiesystemen; with Prof. ir. Tillo Behaeghe till 1995/96 and Prof. Dr. ir. Pierre Debergh; since 1996/97, with Prof. Dr. ir. Dirk Reheul and Prof. Dr. ir. Pierre Debergh; 30 hours theory and 15 hours practical sessions) (own input in this course stopped in 2004/5).
at the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, UGent
Job opportunities for tropical veterinaries (1 module taught in the Tropical Veterinary course, coordinated by Prof. Dr. Joseph Vercruysse and Prof. Dr. Pierre Dorny)
[at the Institute for Tropical Medicine, Antwerp
Economic Problems of Developing Countries (Problèmes économiques des pays en voie de développement, 18 hours theory) (1992/93 – 2003/4) (starting from 1998/99, this course was part of the socio-economic module taught at the animal health postgraduate programme within the Institute for Tropical Medicine)]
at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL)
‘Rice Production’ (6 hours theory; visiting professor at the Faculty of Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences, KULeuven) (since 1991/92)
Research focuses on:
Crop Husbandry and Plant Physiology (salt and drought-stress of vegetables and desert plants)
Socio-economic Studies of Farming Systems and Crop Husbandry in the Tropics and Subtropics
Ethnobotany, Biodiversity, Domestication and Crop Development (in low external input environments)
Agroforestry and Integrated Farming Systems (including farmers’ knowledge systems)
Vegetation Science (mapping) and Management
Policy Development for Developing Countries (development of production strategies, choice of crops)
Saving and Credit systems (formal/informal; rural/urban).
co-promotor/representative (spokesman; co-promotor woordvoerder) for the ethnobotany/biodiversity subprogramme of IUC with Universidad de Cochabamba, Bolivia
participation in the medicinal plant development subprogramme of IUC with University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; research and training of researchers in the field of ethnobotany and ethnopharmacology
participation in the natural resources development subprogramme of IUC with Anton De Kom Universiteit, Paramaribo, Suriname; research and training of researchers in the field of ethnobotany and ethnopharmacology
initiator and co-promotor for the IUC programme with Las Villas - Santa Clara University, Cuba