New Vice President of Africa Programs at THP

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We are pleased to announce that Dr. Idrissa Dicko (right) has been appointed the new Vice President of Africa Programs following the retirement of Dr. Fitigu Tadesse (left) at the end of July 2010. (Read more about Dr. Tadesse's retirement).

Dr. Dicko has been a treasured Hunger Project team member for the last 14 years as Country Director in Burkina Faso. Under Dr. Dicko's leadership, many significant accomplishments have been achieved by the Burkina team. A few highlights include the development of 15 epicenters, the empowerment of nearly 200,000 grassroots people, and securing a US$1.275 million grant from the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa.

Dr. Dicko's overarching priorities will be to ensure that our work and impact throughout Africa continue to grow and thrive. An important aspect of his work will be to strengthen partnerships with African governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in Africa.

Regarding his new position, Dr. Dicko says: "I am looking forward to being a part of a great team, maybe I should say a great family, [and continuing] to make a difference in lives of millions of poor people in our partner epicenters in Africa, and elsewhere in the world."

Before joining THP, Dr. Dicko was a university professor at both the University of Ouagadougou and the Polytechnic University of Bobo-Dioulasso. In addition to teaching agriculture, he also conducted research and published more than 30 scientific articles in international journals. He was elected by his peers to serve as Head of the Agronomy Department from 1989 to 1992, and Director of the Institute of Rural Development from 1992 to 1997.

Dr. Dicko received his Bachelor's degree in Agronomy from the University of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, and he received his Master of Science in Agricultural Plant Pathology and his PhD in Agricultural Entomology from the University of Georgia in the United States. In the year 2000, he was awarded the Medal of the National Order, his country's highest honor.

Dr. Dicko was born in Dori, a part of the sahelian area (the desert) of Burkina Faso. While fluent in English and French, his native language is Fulani, which is spoken in several African countries.

Reading and watching American football ("I guess this is left over from my school days at the University of Georgia where the Bulldogs are kings!") top Dr. Dicko's list of activities he enjoys outside of work.