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Dougou Keita

Dougou Keita is Manager of the Agriculture and Agro-industry Division at the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Tunis, where he works on agricultural commodities value chain development in West Africa region. He joined AfDB in 1997. Prior to joining the AfDB, he worked in Agricultural Extension (1978 to 1988), and Agricultural Research (1989 to 1997) with two centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (Africa Rice Center in Côte d’Ivoire and International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Nigeria), the South East Consortium for International Development in Washington DC, The Pragma Corporation in DRC, the Rural Economics Institute in Mali, the Southern Mali Rice Project, in Mali, and the Mopti Rice Project in Mali.
 
For more than thirty years, Mr. Keita worked with smallholders farmers to develop agricultural commodity value chains, public and private sector actors, agricultural scientists, policy makers, experts of financial institutions and NGOs to find solutions to challenges of African farmers, most of whom are women and youth in enhancing their productivity, creating shared wealth and employment. Mr. Keita has a MSc in agriculture from North Dakota State University, a post-graduate diploma from University of Reading, UK and a Bsc in Engineering Science Application from the Institut Polytechnique Rural, Mali.
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