Udensi E Udensi
In the past ten years, Udensi's experience and responsibility have been centred on the development of appropriate crop systems and weed management technology aimed at reducing poverty and drudgery amongst farmers in the humid forest and moist savannah zone of sub-Saharan Africa. In the past five years, he has been involved in the implementation of USAID/ IITA/SPDC integrated cassava project (ICP) in the Southeastern States of Nigeria. The ICP activity is aimed at reducing the impact of virulent cassava mosaic disease (CMD), increasing the productivity of cassava, development and expansion of post harvest processing and marketing of cassava products. The project targets mostly vulnerable groups, especially women and youth within this zone.
In the last three years, he has been involved in teaching crop production/protection and weed science in the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, as well as supervising post graduate students in weed science on PhD prgrammes in UNN and Kogi State University, Aiyamgba.
He was state project manager: IITA-Integrated Cassava Project (ICP), Abia (August 2005-January, 2008) and Imo (February 2007-January 2008) states. He coordinated activities of Integrated Cassava Project of IITA (IITA-ICP, sponsored by USAID
and SPDC) in Abia and Imo States of Nigeria, in collaboration with NARS, NGOs, CBOs, EU-projects (MPP6), and organized farmers group and private entrepreneurs.
Udensi holds a number of degrees: a BSc in Botany from University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, an MSc in Agronomy (Crop Science) and PhD in Weed-Crop Ecology, both from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and a post-graduate Diploma in Agricultural Development from Wye College, University of London (External). His research interests include weed-crop ecology and management; chemical weed control in arable crops; agronomy of arable crops and plant physiology; agricultural research and technology development.