|Director, Pan Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA)|
Dr Robin A. Buruchara is Director of the Pan Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA), a thirty-country, multi-institutional network which aims to deliver improved beans to farmers, facilitated by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). Since 2007 he has been CIAT’s Africa Regional Director.
Robin facilitates a wide range of research and development partnerships covering three regional bean networks in eastern and central, southern and western Africa. He has helped establish a new network in West Africa (WECABREN) adding 10 countries to the PABRA partnership, and coordinated the Sub Saharan Africa Challenge Program (SSACP).
With over 25 years of experience in agricultural research and development, his previous research focused on integrated disease management of soil-borne pathogens and adapting climbing bean technology to diverse agro-ecological conditions of Sub-Saharan Africa.