Idrissa Ousmane Dicko

Vice President, Africa Programs

Idrissa Ousmane Dicko was appointed Vice President, Africa Programs of The Hunger Project in July 2010 after serving as Country Director for The Hunger Project-Burkina Faso since March 1997.

Idrissa is an agricultural entomologist and his research has been oriented toward identifying and solving issues involving food plant production and protection, relating to rural development.

He holds a B.S. in Agronomy coupled with a Masters of Science in Agricultural Plant Pathology, and he has also earned a Ph.D. in Agricultural Entomology. The whole of his education was completed at the University of Georgia in the United States. Upon obtaining his doctorate, Idrissa became a professor at the University of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso and lectured there for 15 years. As a professor, he also held the position of administrative director of the Institute of Rural Development.

As both a researcher and a manager, Idrissa has been involved in collaborative development projects between Burkina Faso and the following: UNESCO, the United States, Canada, Holland, France, Great Britain, Ivory Coast and Benin. He has also participated in several international meetings regarding both development and research. His research is well-documented in publications throughout the world.

In 2000, Idrissa was awarded the Medal of the National Order, his country’s highest honor.