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Dr Amadou BEYE is the AfricaRice Regional Representative (ex-WARDA). He also serves as Seed Expert. He holds a PhD in Genetics (1983), an MSc in Plant Selection (1980) and several certificates: Cotton Fiber Technology, Biotechnology, Statistics, Mechanics autos and textile factories, Sports Medicine and First Aid, Manual Techniques , Etc.

He has five major innovations: the Community Seed System (CBSS), cyber seeds, the creation of 6 varieties of cotton, the development of a technological package for the dissemination of Nerica rice varieties and the creation of a smooth technology transfer medium called « Regional Research and Development.

Name: Amadou Moustapha BEYE

Civil status: Married

Nationality: Senegalese

Education: PhD in Genetics. Specialist in Rural Development Strategies

Address: 01 BP 4029 Abidjan 01 Côte d’Ivoire

Tel: +225-20220110

Cel: +225-05639465

Email1: a.beye@cgiar.org

Email2: amadou_beye@yahoo.com

Blog : amadoubeye.org


PhD, Genetics, 1984

Institute of Experimental Biology (Academy of Sc. USSR) //
French Institute of Research on Cotton (IRCT, Montpellier)
1980 – 1984

M.Sc., Plant Breeding, 1980

Tashkent Agricultural Institute, Uzbekistan
1974 – 1980

Baccalauréat Serie D, 1974

Lycée Djignabo de Ziguinchor, Senegal


  • MSc (1980)

    Influence of 17 years inbreeding on the principal production characteristics of cotton varieties. Agric. Institute of Tashkent . Scientific supervisors: Prof. Nathalia, G. Simongoulian and Maya Igrovna (Tachkent)

  • Other Training

    Visiting scientist : IRCT / Montpellier, the French Cotton Institute (International trade, Fiber technology, Biotechnology,Property rights, Production of organic cotton) – 1986, 1988, 190, 1993, 1996Plant genetic resources. Nairobi. Org. IBPGR / UNEP/ IITA (1988) Safeguarding genetic resources. Ibadan, Org. IBPGR / IITA (1988) Tissue culture methods and their utilization in agriculture -Dakar, Org. UNESCO / UCAD (Dakar University – (1986) MSTAT and GENSTAT utilization. Dakar, Org. ISRA / MSU (1985) – Photo industry and films. Senegal (1968) and Tashkent (1975)

  •  Confirmation as ISRA Scientist (1985)

    Improvement of cotton production systems. Agronomic studies on the principal constraints to the diffusion of the new variety IRMA 96 + 97. 71 p., D / AGRO – ISRA.

  • PhD (1984)

    Influence of long-term inbreeding on the differentiation of cotton genotypes of Gossypium hirsutum. 140p +20 annexes. Inst. of Experimental Biology under the Academy of sciences Scientific supervisors: Prof. Nathalia, G. Simongoulian (Tachkent) and M. Buffet (IRCT / France – Montpellier)

  • Supervision of students

    Supervision of students. Bertrand Brou (PhD), UFHB – Cote d’Ivoire, 2014 – 2016. Corine N’Guessan (PhD), UFHB – Cote d’Ivoire, 2014 – 2016. Wassakou Kouame (PhD), UCAD – Senegal, 2013 – 2015. Yeo Lassina (PhD), University of Bouake, Cote d’Ivoire, 2013 – 2015. Dexter Tuo (MSc), ESA – Yamoussoukro, Cote d’Ivoire, 2014. Kouassi Hatchouelou Guy-Charles (MSc), ESA – Yamoussoukro, Cote d’Ivoire, 2014Djibril Badiane (Confirmation Thesis), Cotton Plant Entomologist of Senegal, 1994. Mara Sayon (MSc), Technical Director of Kankan Cotton Ginning Company, Tachkent, 1982. Simon NKounkou (MSc), Director of Plant Protection Service of Congo. Tachkent 1982. Amadou Aly Yattara (MSc), Cotton Plant Breeder IER Mali, Tachkent, 1981

Language skills

Indicate competence on a scale of 1 to 5 (1 = excellent; 5 = basic)

Local african languages
(Wolof, Mandingue, Dioula)

Membership of professional bodies

  • Member of the Editorial Committee of IJAPR (International Journal of Agricultural Policy and Research)
  • Member of the Editorial Committee of IBME (Issues in Business Management and Economics)
  • Member of the Editorial Committee of Sustainable Agriculture Research Canadian Center of Science and Education (2014)
  • Member of the Editorial Committee of Agronomie Africaine (2011)
  • Member of the Steering Committee of PAPROSEM (Projet d’Appui à la Production et à la Diffusion Durable de Semences Certifiées en Afrique de l’Ouest)
  • Member of ICRISAT/CFC Steering Committee of the Groundnut Germplasm Seed Project (2004)
  • Member of AFAMIN (African Agricultural Market Information Network) under IFDC and ECOWAS (2003- Present)
  • Interim Coordinator of CORAF – IRCT cotton network, 1994
  • Member of French Cotton Research Society (1990–Present)
  • Secretary General for Western and Central Africa for the World Information and Early Warning System Network on PGR (WIEWS) under FAO (1997–Present)
  • President of Biodiversity Network of Senegal (1991–1998)
  • Senegalese Agronomy Society – ASIA (1984–Present)
  • Writing and Editing scientific reports
  • Development of exchange networks between Extension, NGOs and Farmers’ Organizations
  • Development of models based upon participatory approaches
  • Project writing for smallholders farmers and Extension agencies (Project planning, monitoring and evaluation, Logical
  • Framework development and analysis, Capacity-building, Workshops facilitation, Sustainable Livelihoods Analysis)
  • Regional Coordinator of IFAD Project on Strengthening Rice Value Chains in West and Central Africa, 2013 – 2016 (DRC, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Senegal)
  • Regional Coordinator of CFC on Improving rice competitiveness in Central Africa (Cameroon, Chad, CAR) and Regional Coordinator of the Emergency Rice Initiative Project in WCA (10 countries)
  • Regional Coordinator of Japan Seed Emergency Project, 2009–2010 (20 countries of West, Central and Eastern Africa)
  • Computer Literacy in software packages: Word processing (Word, WP, Wordstar, MultiMate), Data analysis (STATITCF, MSTAT, STATENTO, ESVAR, QPRO), Data management (GENSTAT, ACCESS, EXCEL), Networking.
  • Seed systems: More than 15 years on seed systems for cereals (Seed Value Chain, Crop budget, Value addition, Food security, Market linkages, Governance, Intellectual Property Rights,…)
  • Cotton: More than 20 years in rural development after PhD (Research, Extension, Cotton Fiber Technology, Seed technology, Trade – local and international, Institutional ba ckstopping, Capacity-building of Farmers’ associations and Trade-Unions, Environment, Organic farming, Integrated Pest Management, …)
  • Senior Agronomist and Plant Breeder: He has developed high productive and early maturing and drought tolerant cotton varieties endowed with high fiber quality. He has introduced several groundnut and cereal varieties in African countries.
  • Technology Transfer Agronomist: Dr Beye has organized the release of 10 cotton varieties and 17 rice varieties including the first 7 Nerica rices. He has developed technology packages for those varieties. He uses participatory approaches mainly Facilitation to enable farmers’ access to knowledge and new technologies. He has introduced the Quality Protein Maize (QPM) in Senegal in 2009 through the USAID / SAGIC Project.
  • Seed Specialist: He has trained several Agronomists from 11 countries in seed technology for crops such as: Groundnut, Rice, Maize, Tuber and roots, and Seed Inspectors and Controllers.
  • Plant Genetic Resources Specialist: He has organized several meetings on PGR in West and Central Africa. He is a resource person of FAO and Bioversity on PGR.
  • Specialist in Rural Development Strategies and Rural Sociology: He has written several books on local traditional knowledge and its importance for subsistence agriculture
Dr Beye has developed 4 major innovations: The development of 6 cotton varieties; The development of the Community-Based Seed System; The design of Cyber-seed networks and iv) The elaboration of technology packages for cotton and rice varieties including Nericas (Cultural practices, Plant protection techniques, Post-harvest practices, Diversification of the utilization of crop products and sub-products, etc).
  1. Cotton varieties
    Dr Bèye has developed with his research team in Tambacounda (Senegal) 6 cotton varieties that are highly productive and early maturing (G 440, ISCO ID, Bulk J, G 438 + 444, J 691 and J 699). These varieties are endowed with high quality fiber which is long, elastic, and strong and has few neps. The varieties present a good alliance of two complexes of parameters that are negatively correlated: Length/Strength/Elasticity and Maturity/Thinness. In terms of coverage, the variety G 440 for example occupies more than 50% of cotton areas in Senegal for now 19 years. Its diffusion has also been initiated in Mali (2003) and in Chad (2005). Dr Bèye has contributed in the enhancement of the ginning percentage of the Senegalese cotton. This parameter has shifted from 39 %, in 1985 to 43.2%, in 2000. Because of its good quality, the Senegalese cotton was awarded « 16th International Award for the Best Trade Name » and « King of West African Cotton » respectively in 1991 and 1992.
  2. Community-Based Seed System – CBSS
    CBSS is been developed by Dr Beye in collaboration with Dr Monty Jones (actual FARA Executive Director, Laureate of the 2004 World Food Price) and Dr Brent Simpson (Socio-Economist in the Michigan State University) with the objective to rebuild local seed systems. Farmers’ criteria were incorporated into the release system in order to give scientific, technical and economical values to farmers’ seeds and local traditional varieties. New concepts of « Acceptable Quality Seed » and « Controlled Seed » are been developed as valuable alternatives to certified seeds.
    CBSS represents a valuable support tool for increased productivity and competitiveness and is therefore, used in Western, Central and Eastern African countries by almost NARES and International Research centers (AfricaRice, IITA, ICRISAT).
  3. Cyber-Seed Networks
    Cyber-seed networks were designed by Dr Beye with the aim to promote seed commercialization by providing useful information about seed stocks at the national levels (varieties, quantities, quality, categories, proposed prices, locations, etc), seed needs and the traceability. Major pillars of the system are: Quality Control Farmers and Authorized Technicians who are trained to monitor seed quality (germination rate, moisture content, physical purity, dangerous weeds and foreign matters) and to register this information for the central websites named Observatoires. These Farmers and Technicians work directly for their cooperatives and under supervision from National Seed services. They play a key role to professionalize and to help to link subsistence agriculture to the market through Smartphones (SMS, Internet…).
  • Financial and technical Auditing of the Seed Laboratory of Mali.
  • Rebuilding seed control activities in Mali.
  • Elaboration of Emergency projects for Cote d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso after the Food crisis in 2008.
  • Assistance for the elaboration of NRDS (Benin, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Madagascar, Senegal)
  • Revival of seed production activities in Senegal for the major cereals (Rice, Maize, Millet, Sorghum) – SAGIC Project:
  • Support for Accelerated Growth and Increased Competitiveness for Trade (USAID)
  • Participatory adaptation and diffusion of rice-based technologies (Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea)
  • Introduction of new technologies in swamp (mangrove) zones (Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone)
  • Identification and introduction of new rice varieties in irrigated zones (Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria)
  • Introduction of new machinery in rice production zones of WCA (Threshers, Milling machines, Tractors, etc)
  • Characterization of cotton fibres. Assistance to improve ginning and weaving experiences of local industries.
  • Assistance to Oil processing units using cotton, groundnut and other vegetable oils crops
  • Control of potentials of ginning industries in neighbouring countries from the micro-ginning laboratory of Tambacounda
  • Analysis of cropping systems (cotton x maize, groundnut, cereals, etc)
  • Studies on the stakeholders’ sociology in cotton x maize x groundnut cropping systems
  • Support to the NGO Enda-Pronat for the production of organic cotton (seed, knowledge development, cultural practices, ginning, commercialization, …)
  • Risk management and Farmers’ associations experiences (Cases of CNIA and UNIS, Senegalese Professional Unions)
  • Support to the development of Farmers’ associations and Professional unions. Monitoring of the evolution of farmers’ unions in Benin (AIC), in Côte d’Ivoire (URECOS-CI), in Burkina Faso (UNPC-B), etc
  • Utilization of agricultural products and sub-products (cotton, groundnut, maize)

Professional experience

2012 - 2013 MaliWAAP / WB Seed Expert / Head of missionReinforcement of the capacities of the National Seed Laboratory
- Identify key constraints for the development of the rice seed sector
- Give assistance for the decentralization of seed control activities in the 4 major production regions
2010 – 2011 SenegalCMAOC / CTA Agronomist / Head of mission Elaboration of strategies to alleviate the constraints to the exchanges and the
commercialization of biological materials in WCA
- Organize an Electronic Forum
- Organize an International Workshop on issues related to the exchanges and the commercialization of biological materials in WCA
2009 – 2011 Benin, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Madagascar, Senegal CARD / AGRA Agronomist / Head of mission Elaboration of National Rice Development Strategies Identify key constraints for the development of the rice sector Assist selected countries in the development of NRDS strategies
2009 Jan – May SenegalInternational Resources Group / MSU Agronomist Development of a Seed project with the objective to improve the productivity of the principal crops of the Accelerated Growth Strategy (Senegal)
2009 June – August SenegalAltairAgronomist Assessment of the needs to install pre-cleaners in the groundnut workshop stations
2008 Aug – Sept France, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal Triple Line / CFC Seed Specialist Impact evaluation of the CFC Funded Project Groundnuts Seed Systems in West Africa (Phases I and II)
- Assess the development impact of the projects
- Examine the elements of success and failure in the project design and
- Use specific indicators to measure progress towards goals
The evaluation should also assess: (i) whether the design of the project was suitable to achieve the stated objectives; (ii) the extent to which the project objectives have been met and (iii) the lessons that can be drawn from the project and its implementation to serve as a guide for future projects financed by the Common Fund.
2008 May – July Italy, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Italy FAO – TCIW / IFAD / WFP Agronomist / Head of mission Initiative on Soaring Food Prices (CAADP / NEPAD initiative)
- Identification and design of appropriate action plans in response to soaring food prices,
- Analysis of economic agricultural and food policies to better understand the causes and effects of soaring prices
- Establishment of an appropriate seed system