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  • ERIC ALAN KUENEMAN, Ph.D. Curriculum Vitae

    1 July 2016

    PROFILE Dr. Eric A. Kueneman was born on the 11th of April in 1948, in the state of Idaho, USA. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Idaho in 1971 and his Ph.D. in plant breeding from Cornell University in 1978. He has lived outside of the USA: 2 years in Haiti; 2 years in Colombia; 6 years in Nigeria; 2 years in Brazil; and 21 years in Rome, Italy working for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. He retired from his appointment as Deputy Director of the FAO Crop Production and Protection Division in April 2010. He lives in West Sacramento, California, USA with a Visiting Scientist affiliation with the Plant and Environmental Science Department of the University of California, Davis. Dr. Kueneman is currently an independent global consultant/advisor, primarily providing agricultural evaluation and strategic planning services, with respect to sustainable agricultural intensification, rural development, food safety and plant genetic resources. Recent consultancies include projects for The Consultative Group for International Agriculture Research (CGIAR), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), The Clinton Foundation, The International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) of the CGIAR), Centro Internacional de la Papa (CIP) of the CGIAR, Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa), Cornell University and the California Conservation Agriculture Systems Innovation Center (CASI). See section on Professional History for details. His extensive record includes crop production research as a plant breeder and agronomist, both with the Consultative Group of International Agriculture Research Centers (CGIAR) and with the private sector, followed by 21 years of programme management for the Agriculture Department at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. For the FAO Crop Production and Protection Division, he provided vision, strategic direction, management, technical knowledge and support concerning crop production and protection, at both Headquarters and the Field. Leading multidisciplinary teams at the FAO, he worked closely with both national and international partners, including civil society and the private sector. Dr. Kueneman is highly experienced in project/programme formulation, implementation and evaluation. He has been an active fundraiser for FAO and an effective FAO emissary in negotiations with ministerial policy makers, as well as with donors in relation to agricultural sustainable development. He has wide global network contacts with individuals and institutions (public, civil society and private sector), especially regarding sustainable intensified production of food, feed, fiber and agro-fuel crops for food security, livelihoods, economic development and ecosystem services.

    PROFESSIONAL POSITION (retired April 2010) Deputy Division Director Crop Production and Protection Division Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations CURRENTLY CONSULTING Kueneman Consultancy, Director CURRENT ADDRESS 2853 Rogue River Circle West Sacramento, CA 95691 eakueneman@gmail.com USA Mobile phone: +1 510 384 8579


    Cornell University, Ithaca, New York USA Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Genetics with minors in Crop Physiology and in International Agriculture, 1974-1978

    Centro International de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT) Cali, Colombia. Internship Training Program in Bean Breeding. 1973-1974

    University of Idaho, B.S. in Botany, 1966-1967 and 1970 1971 College of Idaho, Caldwell, Idaho, 1968 -1969

    CORE-COMPETENCIES Strategic thinking, ability to manage many important projects simultaneously, ability to work effectively with multi-cultural teams, good relationship management skills, program evaluation experience, good communication and negotiation skills as well as good leadership judgement


    Technical knowledge on crop production, protection and plant genetic resource development (conservation, breeding, and seed systems)

    Communication and negotiation skills in multicultural environments Management experience (leadership), strategic planning, budgeting and monitoring in the Agriculture

    Department and the Plant Production and Production Division of FAO at Headquarters in Rome and with multidisciplinary teams in research, development and extension activities

    Experience in organizing and participating in international technical conferences, congresses, task forces,

    special committees, workshops, symposiums, consultations Experience in undertaking national, regional and global sub-sector reviews on agriculture production,

    agriculture research, seed, plant breeding, and rural development often linked to strategic action plans, project documents, and ultimately to implementation

    Experienced in programme/project formulation, implementation and evaluation Experience in liaison with government ministries, international and national research institutes, UN

    agencies, The European Commission, The World Bank and other international development banks Extensive practical experience in integrated agricultural development projects focused on national capacity

    building, institutional strengthening and poverty alleviation Experienced in community development strategies for innovation in agricultural systems and enabling

    policies for sustainable economic growth, including institutional innovations for scaling-up technology adoption

    Experience in guiding graduate students in agronomy and plant breeding topics (MS and PhD levels) Languages: English as native language; Portuguese - understand, speak and read; Spanish - understand,

    speak and read; French - understand and read; Italian - understand and read

  • MAIN ACHIEVEMENTS AND CONTRIBUTIONS Below are some examples of achievements that were accomplished directly by or with strong influence:

    1. Provided leadership and technical expertise in the review of the CGIARs Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia Program on behalf of USAID and the BMGF covering research and development lead by CIMMYT and IRRI in three states in Eastern India, in Nepal and Bangladesh. The review was followed by the evaluation of the CGIARs cooperative program on the Humid-Tropics including Asia (Mekong), East and West Africa and Central America. In same year provided the wrap-up plenary address for the International Conference on Integrated Production Systems held in Brasilia (July 2015) with about 1000 participants.

    2. As a consultant enabled IITA and the BMGF to develop a strategy and a funded project on weed control in smallholder cassava based production systems for West Africa (2014). In this context scientific workshops were organized at the margins of the World Cassava Research Congress in Entebbe Uganda and again at IITA, Ibadan Nigeria.

    3. Leadership role as the Deputy Division Director of the Crop Production and Protection Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Main responsibilities on crop production agronomy, plant breeding, and seed systems development, globally. The program covered: Field Crops, Horticulture Crops, Range and Pasture Crops and Industrial Crops. See site: http://www.fao.org/agriculture/crops/en/.

    4. Provided conceptual framework, leadership and guidance for the creation of the Global Partnership

    for Plant Breeding Capacity Building (GIPB) to ensure enhanced sustainable use of plant genetic resources in developing countries to meet needs for food security and responses to climate change. The Gates Foundation, the Norwegian Development Programme and the FAO funded the initiative, which included the first-ever survey of national capacities in plant breeding. See site: http://www.fao.org/in-action/plant-breeding/en/.

    5. Created the first electronic newsletter for plant breeders: Plant Breeding News with over 1500

    subscribers and over 220 issues. See site: http://www.fao.org/ag/agp/AGPC/doc/services/pbn.html.

    6. Facilitated the sharing of knowledge on crops and their adaptation through the expansion and

    application of EcoCrop as a multi-functional meta-database on crops, including under-utilised crops, and their agro-ecological adaptability requirements for identifying potentially suitable geographical areas for crop production. See site: http://ecocrop.fao.org/ecocrop/srv/en/home.

    7. Created the FAO Publication Series: Integrated Production Systems (now with 20 issues).

    8. The Secretary of the15th and 16th Sessions (years 1999 and 2001) for FAOs Committee on Agriculture

    (COAG), which reports to the FAO Conference (192 Member Governments). As its Secretary the author provided COAG with technical documentation and organized the forum to debate issues such as: biotechnology, sustainable agriculture and rural development, organic agriculture, bio-safety, and climate change. COAG also reviewed the Programme of Work for three of FAOs Technical Departments.

    9. Implemented a Benchmark Farmer Discovery Process for Sustainable Production Intensification in

    South Western Burkina Faso for establishing "proof of concept" to demonstrate that Conservation Agriculture with crop diversification can provide a basis for the development of integrated crop-livestock-tree systems. This network of development stakeholders, working in joint benchmark field locations, provides a nucleus for research and development innovations and their application for the sustainable development of the moist savanna ecozone as the future "bread basket" of Burkina Faso, and beyond See: Integrated Crop Management Vol. 7. Crop Production and Protection Division, FAO, Rome.

    10. Task Manager for FAOs Agriculture Departments Consultation with Private Sector Partners held

    February 2009 in Rome, which was followed-up by the Private Sector Forum for the World Summit on Food Security, Milan, 12-13 November, 2009. For the Milan Forum the author was a Task Force Member of the Core Group. The Group has also responsibility for the Forum follow-up for designing and implementing FAOs strategies to enhance partnerships with the private sector in accordance with

  • the United Nations new Global Compact with the Business Sector. Sees site: http://www.fao.org/wsfs/wsfs-meetings/wsfs-privatesector/en/.

    11. Provided conceptual framework and leadership for the creation of the Alliance for Harnessing the

    Moist Savannas of Africa: scaling-up sustainable agricultural intensification for rural development and food security of Africa. The Alliance, under consolidation in 2009/2010, presently encompasses the research and extension institutions of the host countries, currently in Burkina Faso and Mali, and the following major research institutions: ICRAF, IITA, ILRI, CIRAD and EMBRAPA, as well as main development institutions such as: FAO, IFAD, African Development Bank, AGRA-Gates Foundation, FARA, and CORAF.

    12. Task Manager for the United Nations International Year of Potato -2008. Primary Coordinator of the Core Team for the UN International Year of Rice 2004. See site: http://www.potato2008.org/en/index.html.

    13. While at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) developed high-yielding tropical

    soybean varieties with tolerance to seed deterioration and with ability to nodulate and fix atmospheric nitrogen in association with indigenous Rhizobia of the cowpea cross-inoculant group found ubiquitously in African soils. These varieties were released in Nigeria and in several other West African countries. Other elite breeding lines from this progam were used as parents in the development of tropical soybean varieties in Africa, Latin America and Asia.

    14. In Brazil, provided technical leadership for the Cowpea Breeding Programme of the Empresa

    Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuria (EMBRAPA), 1984-1985; introduced new procedures of decentralized selection and testing to ensure state-level adaptation and to meet local seed preferences.

    15. Chaired many high-level technical and policy meetings and conferences for FAO; and is frequently

    invited to deliver presentations at international conferences, working groups, congresses, and steering committees. Some recent examples include:

    a) Plenary wrap-up speaker at the 3rd International Congress on Integrated Production Systems, Brasilia, 9 July, 2015

    b) Task Force Leader for FAO/EMBRAPA Consultation on Crop/Livestock Integration for Sustainable Production Intensification, Sete Lagoas, Minas Gerais, Brazil, (March 23-26, 2010)

    c) Moderator of the Panel on Private Sector Actions to Reduce Food Insecurity; FAO/Private Sector Forum (Milan, Nov. 15-16, 2009) - Pre-Meeting for the World Summit on Food Security

    d) Plenary Keynote address at the World Soybean Research Conference VIII, on: Developing a Global Soybean Blueprint for a Safe and Sustainable Supply, Beijing, China, August 2009

    e) Governing Council roundtables: Challenges and opportunities for smallholder farmers in the context of Climate Change and new demands on Agriculture

    f) Moderator for the Roundtable on Biofuel Expansion: Challenges, Risks, and Opportunities for Rural Poor People, at IFADs 31st Session of its Governing Council (Feb. 14, 2008). The Report of the Roundtable was submitted by IFAD to the UN Commission on Sustainable Development 16th Session (Background Paper DESA/DSD/2008/10)

    g) Chair of the International Steering Committee for the Global Facilitation Unit on Underutilized Plant Species (GFU) (www.underutilized-species.org) (2001-2008), hosted by Bioversity International of the CGIAR. Helped guide creation of new programme Crops for The Future (www.cropsforthefuture.org) by uniting the International Center for Under-utilized Crops (ICUC) with the GFU. Members of the steering committee included FAO, IFAD, ICUC and Biodiversity International of the CGIAR, and the Government of Germany (BMZ)

    h) Co-Organizer and Co-Chair of the IFAD/FAO/ICRISAT Global Consultation on Pro-Poor Sweet Sorghum Development, and Introduction of Tropical Sugar Beet - IFAD, Rome, Italy, 2008

  • i) Co-Organizer and Co-Chair of the IFAD/FAO Global Consultation on Pro-Poor Jatropha Development. - IFAD, Rome Italy, 2008 http://www.ifad.org/events/jatropha/agenda.pdf

    j) Presented FAOs Programme of Work on Conservation Agriculture at the Programme Committee Meeting of the Global Forum for Agriculture Research (GFAR) at the AGM Meeting of the CGIAR, Beijing, China, December 2008

    k) Media interviews such as: The Economist, Nature, BBC, and Voice of America


    May 2012 to Present


    Consultancies 2015: Leader of Evaluation Team to appraise the CGIAR program: Cereal System Initiative of South Asia (CSISA) in the Indo-Gangetic Plains (India, Bangladesh and Nepal) for USAID and the BMGF, January-June 2015. Reviewed and advised on action plans for the cooperative research project on Root, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) for Centro Internacional de la Papa (CIP) of the CGIAR, June 2015. Plenary wrap-up speaker at the 3rd International Congress on Integrated Production Systems, Brasilia, 9 July 2015. Volunteer advisory to the California Conservation Agriculture Systems Innovation (CASI) Center, UC Davis, 2013 to present. Details include:

    Team Member: Evaluation of CGIAR Cooperative Research Program on the Humidtropics (Integrated Production Systems). AprilSeptember 2015 The review covered work in sub-Saharan Africa, Central America and the Mekong Delta in Asia. See details at: https://agrilinks.org/blog/community-based-research-harness-benefits-integrated-production-systems-challenges-facing and see blog at: http://agrilinks.org/blog/community-based-research-harness-benefits-integrated-production-systems-challenges-facing Project Evaluation (Leader) for appraisal of CGIAR implemented program, Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) for India, Bangladesh and Nepal (1 February to 10 April 2015) on behalf of USAID and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). See: https://agrilinks.org/sites/default/files/resource/files/508_060515_CSISA%20Report_Final2A.pdf And for the associated blog on needs for long-term commitment to research and development for complex innovation see: https://agrilinks.org/blog/long-term-production-systems-research-enables-development-opportunities Fund-raiser/advisor for the California Conservation Agriculture Systems Innovation (CASI) Center, University of California Davis (pro-bono) from 2014 to present. http://casi.ucanr.edu Plenary wrap-up speaker at the 3rd International Congress on Integrated Production Systems, Brasilia, 9 July 2015. Reviewed and advised on action plans for the cooperative research project on Root, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) for Centro Internacional de la Papa (CIP) of the CGIAR, June 2015. Consultancies 2012-14: Appraising innovations for weed management in cassava-based production systems for The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), May 2012-Nov 2013. Development of an enhanced partnership program for The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), US-AID, Clinton Foundation, International Fund for Agriculture Development, and Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT). He has worked as an international agricultural scientist and development programme manager. Provision of website text on sustainable intensification production systems for Cornell University. Details include: Leader, Kueneman Consultancy contract with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture to

    assist in Leader, Kueneman Consultancy, assistance to Clinton Foundation appraising strategies and tactics, including production technologies for Anchor Seed Farms, and innovations to support smallholder associate growers in Malawi. This support, including two missions, continued for 1 year as a retainer ending June 2014.

    Leader, Kueneman Consultancy contract with the BMGF, appraising innovations for weed management in cassava-based production systems. Organized two expert workshops and prepared major Study. Work resulted in a funded project.

    Leader, Kueneman Consultancy contract with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture to assist in development of an enhanced partnership program for the institute.

    Leader, Kueneman Consultancy, assistance to Clinton Foundation appraising strategies and tactics, including production technologies for Anchor Seed Farms, and innovations to support smallholder associate growers in Malawi. This support, including two missions, continued for 1 year as a retainer ending June 2014.

  • Leader, Kueneman Consultancy, assistance to US-AID in preparing background papers and positions to support a call for proposals related to crop production intensification for developing countries.

    MAY 2011 to May 2012

    CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE ACADEMY New initiative for certified training of extension agents and farmers on better crop and soil management practices, based on principals of conservation agriculture under the umbrella of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

    MAY 2010 to APRIL 2011

    CONSULTANT, SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT SYSTEMS, INTERNATIONAL FUND FOR AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT (IFAD) Consultant/Senior Technical Advisor principally involved in technical reviews of grant applications: from CGIAR (Consultative Group of International Agriculture Research Centers) to IFAD and to the European Union. Principal speaker and consultant for technical content for the Global Consultation on Cassava as a Potential Bioenergy Crop, held in October 2011, Accra Ghana.

  • JANUARY 2009 to APRIL 2010 (Retired FAO)

    DEPUTY DIVISION DIRECTOR OF THE CROP PRODUCTION AND PROTECTION DIVISION, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER PROTECTION, FAO OF THE UNITED NATION, ROME, ITALY As the Deputy Director of the Crop Production and Protection Division1 (AGP) provided jointly with his co-director technical and administrative leadership, managing more than 90 professional officers, including the Crop Experts based at Regional and Sub-Regional Offices. Promoted innovation and supervision for the FAO Global Programme of Work, assisting Member Countries with respect to their technical, strategic planning and policy needs for the Sustainable Crop Production and Protection Programme on thematic areas such as: Production Agronomy (horticulture, field crops, pastures, industrial crops), Conservation Agriculture, Pesticide Management, Integrated Pest Management, capacity building in Plant Breeding and Seed Systems, and, related inter-governmental negotiations. Assisted the FAO Deputy Director-General in FAOs participation in expanded dialogs with the Private Sector, including in the organization of a symposium jointly organized by FAO and the Mayor of Milan, Italy, on partnerships between the FAO and the Private Sector as part of the World Food Summit.


    Responsible for the Services 21 Professional Officers and for FAOs global Programme of Work on Crop Production Agronomy, covering thematic areas including: Conservation Agriculture, Plant Nutrition/Fertilizers, Seed Systems, Plant Breeding and associated Plant Biotechnology

    APRIL 1998 to APRIL 2001 In charge of three Posts: SENIOR TECHNICAL ADVISOR (STA) TO THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR GENERAL OF FAO/DIRECTOR OF THE AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT3 Provided technical advice and management support to the Assistant Director General of FAO. Coordinated much of the Departments cross-divisional and cross-departmental activities, including development of strategic planning with associated budget across the Department. Promoted alliances with research and development partners. Represented AG in both high-level internal and external meetings. Provided the Departments interface with the International Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture and with the negotiations for the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources.

    1 The Crop Production and Protection Division is FAOs largest Technical Division, providing knowledge service, capacity building, assistance in strategic planning and policy formulation with respect to: sustainable crop production and protection, control of trans-boundary pests, management of pesticides, conservation and use of plant genetic resources, and provides secretariats for the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources, the Rotterdam Convention on Prior and Informed Consent for international pesticide sales, the International Plant Protection Convention and the International Rice Committee. 2 The Crop and Grassland Service was one of three Services nested in FAOs Plant Production and Protection Division, Agriculture Department. In January 2009 FAO implemented a flattening of the Managerial Structure of the AG Department: eliminating all Services of the department, which resulted in my promotion to one of the two newly created Deputy Director Posts in the AG Department.

    3 The Agriculture Department (AG) is the largest department of FAO. It consisted of six Divisions: 1. Crop Production and Protection; 2. Animal Production and Health; 3. Land and Water Development; 4. Agricultural Support Systems; 5. Joint FAO/International Agency for Atomic Energy on Nuclear Application in Agriculture; and 6. Department Management

  • SECRETARY OF THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE (COAG) Sessions 15 and 16, 1999 and 2001, respectively Provided principal leadership for the organization of COAGs 15th and 16th Sessions held in Rome, January 1999 and April 2001, respectively. COAG is FAOs largest Technical Committee Meeting at which representatives and ambassadors from more than 110 Member States and members of the Civil Society review and decide future directions for the Technical Programmes of three departments of FAO. This leadership role as Secretary broadened and strengthened the authors ability in working directly with high-level dignitaries in politically charged environments. TASK MANAGER FOR CHAPTER 14 ON SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT (SARD) , Agenda 21, United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1992 Worked closely with the International Commission for Sustainable Development (CSD) in the creation of a global survey to assess, monitor and report on the actions taken locally, nationally, regionally and internationally to implement the goals of SARD according to the Rio Summit agreements. Analyzed the survey inputs and developed the report on the progress achieved, employing national, regional and global synthesis. Organized jointly with the CSD multi-stakeholders dialogs on all aspects of SARD, and promoted a shared vision on what needed to be done to meet the Chapters goals, and guided the process to establish specific roles for each constituency. See: http://www.un.org/esa/dsd/agenda21/res_agenda21_14.shtml ftp://ftp.fao.org/SD/SDA/SDAR/sard/History%20of%20SARD%20at%20FAO.pdf ftp://ftp.fao.org/unfao/bodies/coag/coag19/j4236e.doc

    APRIL 1988 to APRIL 1998 SENIOR OFFICER FIELD FOOD CROPS GROUP (FFCG), CROP PRODUCTION AND PROTECTION DIVISION, AGRCULTURE DEPARTMENT, FAO OF THE UNITED NATION, ROME, ITALY Provided leadership in designing the new Programme of Work for the Crop and Grassland Service. Achievements and responsibilities during this decade, highlighted below:

    Innovation: Guided development of an electronic compendium of global crop management technologies. Creator of the Plant Breeding News: an electronic newsletter with more than 1500 subscribers and more than 200 issues to this date. Created FAOs technical publication, Integrated Crop Management; was the primary leader in its development and launched the articles for the first two issues. Initiated an innovative multi-institutional alliance to focus on high-potential agro-ecozones based on cooperative, holistic development of geographic regions having similar bio-physical and social characteristics: one example of that being, the current Programme on the Sustainable Development of the Moist Savannah Ecozones of Sub-Saharan Africa. Created partnerships for new cooperative programmes in concert with the CGIAR for the application of modern molecular genetics to the development of cassava varieties with improved post-harvest storability and for a programme to explore the genetic variability of plants to extract phosphorous from rock phosphate. Leadership and management to FAO's professional team and support staff in the FFCG, which was responsible to provide technical input related to all FAO's Research and Development Programmes dealing with production of: Cereal Crops (e.g. maize, wheat, rice, sorghum, etc.); of Root And Tuber Crops (e.g., cassava, potato, sweet potato, yams, etc.); and of Food And Oilseed Legumes (e.g., beans, soybeans, peas, cowpeas, lentils, groundnuts, etc.). Coordinated budget preparation for the FFCG, and routinely assisted the Service Chief in preparations of the Work Plans and associated budgets at the Service level. Main supervisor of the International Rice Commission comprised of 64 Member Countries. Provided technical assistance and knowledge on food and oilseed legumes for FAO's Field Food Crop Group (FFCG) and on cropping systems. This included, inter alia, assisting FAO's Member Countries in policy/strategy decisions related to research and development; as well as the formulation, implementation, technical backstopping, monitoring and evaluation of many projects at country and

  • regional levels. For example, in 1995 the FFCG, composed of five Professional Officers, was assigned technical backstopping responsibilities of more than 150 field projects. The author travelled extensively in Africa, Asia and Latin America, developing close working relationships with staff and administrators of many government national programmes and of International Agriculture Research Centers, Civil Society Organizations and Development Banks. He represented FAO globally at numerous technical conferences with respect to crop production.

    JANUARY 1987 to APRIL 1988

    LEADER AND THE PRINCIPAL BREEDER OF DRY PULSES (beans, peas, and lentils), ROGERS BROTHERS SEED COMPANY, TWIN FALLS, IDAHO, U.S.A. Rogers Brothers Company, belonging to the Sandoz Seed Company, was at that time, the leading private-sector seed company in dry bean seed development and sales. The experience with Rogers Brothers Seed, though relatively short, gave the author a clear vision of the research and development power of the private sector in developed countries. The author left the Company in response to an employment offer from FAO to take the post as Senior Officer of the FFCG in Rome, Italy (see above).

    APRIL 1984 to AUGUST 1986

    COORDINATOR AND RESEARCH SCIENTIST, REGIONAL LEGUME PROGRAM FOR LATIN AMERICA, INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF TROPICAL AGRICULTURE (IITA) IITA's Regional Legume Programme (cowpeas and tropical soybeans) was based in the Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuria (EMBRAPA), at EMBRAPA's Rice and Bean Improvement Center in Goinia, Gois State, Brazil. The Main Responsibilities were:

    Establish a research and training network on cowpeas and tropical soybeans for Latin America and the Caribbean; Provide direct technical backstopping to countries in South America and Central America promoting the development of IITA's mandated legumes; Supply technical input and technical coordination of Brazil's National Cowpea Improvement Programme while the National Expert was away on Ph.D. training; Develop cowpea and tropical soybean germplasm for smallholder farmer based production systems in the tropics and sub-tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean.

  • AUGUST 1978 to APRIL 1984

    LEADER OF THE SOYBEAN IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM AND SOYBEAN BREEDER, INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF TROPICAL AGRICULTURE (IITA), IBADAN, NIGERIA Led two Ph.D. scientists and 20 technicians to develop high-yielding tropical soybean germplasm with improved seed longevity and with the ability to nodulate with rhyzobia indigenous to African soils. Supervised the research of four MS students and one Ph.D. Taught plant breeding in yearly group training courses, primarily for African research and extension workers. Traveled extensively in Africa assisting national programmes on soybean and cowpea improvement.

    SEPTEMBER 1974 to AUGUST 1978

    RESEARCH ASSISTANT AND Ph.D. CANDIDATE, DEPARTMENT OF PLANT BREEDING AND BIOMETRY, CORNELL UNIVERSITY, ITHACA, NY, USA While attending course and conducting research for the Ph.D. thesis, assisted professors of the Plant Breeding Department with diverse aspects of their research and plant breeding activities, as well as a Teaching Assistant for the Cornell University course on Plant Genetics and Breeding.

    JUNE 1973 to JULY 1974

    POST-GRADUATE INTERN IN BEAN BREEDING, CENTRO INTERNACIONAL DE AGRICULTURA TROPICAL (CIAT) CALI, COLOMBIA Assisted the Head of CIATs Bean Breeding Program in the multiple-location evaluation of the global collection of bean germplasm. Initiated plant growth analysis for responsiveness to high density plantings.

    JANUARY 1971 to JUNE 1973

    LABORATORY ASSISTANT, HOSPITAL ABERT SCHWEITZER, DESCHAPELLE, HAITI Organized and supervised the fluorescent microscopy laboratory for the detection of tuberculosis in rural Haitian villages. Within the hospital's Community Development Program, screened a diverse number of food legumes with the view to introduce improved varieties of protein-rich legume crops.

    SUMMERS OF 1965, 1966 and 1968

    LABORATORY TECHNICIAN, ANIMAL NUTRITION LABORATORY, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY, CA, USA Performed experimental surgery on mice and chickens as part of a large research programme on nutrition and metabolic processes; provided care for experimental animals and collected growth analysis data.

  • PUBLICATIONS Mitchell, Jeffery, et.al. Conservation Agriculture: Systems thinking for sustainable farming. In California Agriculture (Univ. of California) Vol 70 April/June 2016

    Chapter: Cereal-Root Crop Mixed Farming System 2016, Amir Kassam, Eric Kueneman, Rosemary Lott, Theodor Friedrich, NeBambi Lutaladio, David Norman, Martin Bwalya, Anne-Sophie Poisot and Saidi Mkomwa. World Bank book on Farming Systems of Africa (In press) Harnessing innovation technologies for weed control in smallholder cassava-based production systems. An appraisal Study for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, White Paper. Dec. 2012 Most FAO studies and technical publications on crop production had components written by the author, and/or he provided technical clearance on those documents written by others, often with editorial inputs. In most cases the name of authors and editors were not included in the UN publications. Authors Main Scientific Publications are listed below: Kassam A. H., NeBamnbi Lutaladio, Theodor Friedrich and Eric Kueneman. 2012. Natural Resource Assessment for Crop and Land Suitability: An application for selected bioenergy crops in Southern Africa. Integrated Crop Management, Vol. 14. Crop Production and Protection Division, FAO, Rome (April 2012) Kueneman, E. A., and D. Hallam 2009. Developing a global soybean blueprint for a safe and sustainable supply. Keynote adderss the the VIII World Soybean Research Conference, Beijing China. Kassam, A.H., E.A.Kueneman, et al. 2009. Enhancing Crop-Livestock Systems in Conservation Agriculture for Sustainable Production Intensification: A Farmer Discovery Process Going to Scale in Burkina Faso. Integrated Crop Management Vol. 7. Crop Production and Protection Division, FAO, Rome Freudenberg, M., T.Paulmier, T.Ikezuki, K.Cont, J.Morrison, A.H.Kassam, E.A.Kueneman and P.Griffee. 2008. Trade Opportunity Scans for ACP Countries. A set of six baseline publications prepared for six regional Kick-Off Workshops in 2008. All ACP Commodities Programme, Brussels, ITC Geneva and FAO Rome. Lopes, M.A., Guimaraes, E.P., Kueneman, E.A. GIPB Award Scheme Studies and Analysis on State of Knowledge on Breeding for Durable Resistance to Diseases Threatening Cereal Production in the Developing World. FAO 2008. Kassam, A.H., P.Griffee, E.A.Kueneman and J. Morrison. 2008. Good Agricultural Practices. Opportunities for ACP Countries. A set of six baseline publications prepared for six regional Kick-Off Workshops in 2008. All ACP Commodities Programme, Brussels, AGP, FAO, Rome. Guimaraes, E. P., E. A. Kueneman and M. Paganini. 2007. Assessment of national plant breeding and associated biotechnology capacity around the world. Crop Science 48: S1-XXX Kassam, A.H. and E.A. Kueneman. 2007. Responding to Climate Change Adaptability Needs: Some Crop Production-Related Perspectives of Relevance to FAO as a Technical Assistance Organization of the UN. Tropical Agriculture Association Newsletter, 27 (4): 18-20. December issue. Kueneman, E.A., A.H.Kassam, J. Legoupil and F.Boipelo. 2007. Harnessing the Agricultural Productivity of the Moist Savannas through the Dissemination of Proven Technologies and Good Agriculture Practices: Going to Scale in Burkina Faso. Tropical Agriculture Newsletter, 27(4): 21-25. December issue. Guimaraes, E. P., E. A. Kueneman, M. Paganini. 2007. Assessment of national plant breeding and associated biotechnology capacity around the world. Crop Science 48: S1-XXX. Crowley,E., Jean Philippe Mahler, Eric Kueneman, Tim Aldington, Parviz Koohafkan, Thomas Price, Constance Neely,Dominique Legros, and Alemneh Dejene. 2007. History of SARD at FAO. ftp://ftp.fao.org/SD/SDA/SDAR/sard/History%20of%20SARD%20at%20FAO.pdf Guimaraes, E. P., E. A. Kueneman, M. Paganini. 2006. Assessment of Plant Breeding and Associated Biotechnology Capacity in the NENE Countries. FAO Workshop: Harnessing Biotechnology and Genetic

  • Engineering for Agricultural Development in the Near East and North Africa (NENA). Cairo Egypt Feb 12-14. Guimaraes, E. P., E. A Kueneman. FAO 2006. The Global Partnership Initiative for Plant Breeding Capacity Building (GIPB): The Next Steps. Plant Production and Protection Division. Aug 2006. Guimaraes, E. P., E.A. Kueneman, M. J. Carena. 2006. Assessment of national plant breeding and biotechnology capacity in Africa and Recommendations for Future Capacity Building. Hort. Science Vol. 41(1) 50-52. Guimaraes, E.P., A. Kassam, E Kueneman. 2006. Global Plant Breeding Initiative for Plant Breeding Capacity Building (GIPB) Tropical Agriculture Association Newsletter December issue. S. Avetisyan and E. A. Kueneman. 2004. Status and prospectives of cereal and food legume production in Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia. International Conference on Cereals and Food Legumes, Tbilisi, Georgia. June 14-17, 2004. Kueneman, E. A., J. Eckebil, and S. N. Kassapu. 1996. Looking ahead: Institutional linkages for cowpea research. World Cowpea Research Conference II. organized by IITA Sept. 1995, Accra Ghana. Kang, B.T., I.O. Akobundu, V. M. Manyong, R. J. Carsky, N. Sanginga, and E. A. Kueneman. (Editors) 1995. Moist Savannas of Africa: Potentials and Constraints for Crop Production. Proceedings of and FAO-IITA Workshop. Johansen, C., K.K. Lee, K.K. Sharma, G.V. Subbaroa, and E. A. Kueneman. 1994. Genetic manipulation of crop plants to enhance integrated nutrient management in cropping systems 1. Phosphorus: proceedings of an FAO-ICRISAT Expert Consultancy Workshop. Kueneman, E. A. 1994. SoyNet A proposal for a soybean research and development network for the tropics and subtropics. Invited Paper: World Soybean Research Conference V, Chaing Mai, Thailand. Kueneman, E. A. 1994. Special needs and considerations for developing/improving soybean production and utilization in the tropics. FAO/RAPA Publication of the Regional Expert Consultation on the Asian Soybean Network. Kueneman, E. A. 1992. Soybeans in the global context: An Agent of Development. Plenary Presentation at: Congresso Matogrossense de Produtividade e qualidade na soja, Cuiaba/MT Brazil 20-25 October 1992. Shannon, D.A., E. A. Kueneman, M.J Wright and C.W. Wood. 1992. Fertilization effects on soybean growth and yield in the southern guinea savanna of Nigeria. J. of Plant Nutrition. 15(5), 639-658. Shannon, D.A., E. A. Kueneman, M. J Wright and C. W. Wood. 1992. Subsurface soil texture effects on growth of soybeans in the southern guinea savanna of Nigeria. Commun. Soil Sci. Plant Anal., 23(3&4), 345-362. Chamchalow, N., C.R. Pineda, and E. A. Kueneman. 1992. The Role of FAO in Groundnut Research and Development. Proceedings of the Second International Groundnut Workshop. ICRISAT 25-30 November 1991 Ton-That, T., and E. A. Kueneman. 1991. Rice and Stable Food: FAO's programme on intensified and diversified rice-based farming systems. Internatinale Zusammenarbeit, entwicklung+landlicher raum 1/91 (28-29). Kueneman, E. A., and J. Dixon. 1991 Potentials and constraints for diversification: Incorporation of food legumes in rice-based farming systems. Proceedings, 17th Session, International Rice Commission, Goiania, Goias Brazil, 1990. (In Press) Kueneman, E. A. 1989. Breeding for resistance to physical damage to soybean seed. Proceedings World Soybean Conference IV., Buenos Aires, Argentina, 5-9 March 1989. Kueneman, E. A., and A.V. Costa. 1987. Effects of seed color on seed deterioration. Soybean Genetics Newsletter Vol 14: 71-72.

  • Costa A. V., E. A. Kueneman, and P.M.F.O. Monteiro. 1987. Varietal differences in soybeans for resistance to physical damage of seed. Soybean Genetics Newsletter Vol. 14: 73-76. Pulver, E.L., E. A. Kueneman, and V. Ranga-Rao. 1985. Identification of promiscuous nodulating soybeans efficient in N2 fixation. Crop Science. 25: 660-663. Kueneman, E. A. and Nathan Russel. 1985. Soybean utilization: its importance in the food crisis. Ceres No. 104 (Vol. 18. No. 2: 39-42). Kueneman, E.A., and L. Camacho. 1985. Soybean production and research in Latin America. Soybean workshop on crop improvement, production and utilization in the tropics. Legume Conference held at IITA, Ibadan Nigeria, September 30 - October 04. Watt, E.E., E.A. Kueneman and J.P.P. de Araujo. 1985. Achievements in breeding cowpeas in Latin America. pp. 125-128. In: Cowpea Research, production and utilization. Ed. S.R. Singh and K.O. Rachie. John Wiley and Sons, Ltd. Kueneman, E. A. 1985. Breeding for management of soybean seed diseases. pp 407-417. In: World Soybean Research Conference III. Ed. Richard Shibles. Westview Press. Kueneman, E.A.,. W.R. Root, K.E. Dashiell, and S.R. Singh. 1985. The soybean improvement program at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture. pp. 1244-1247. In: World Soybean Research Conference III. Ed. Richard Shibles. Westview Press. Kueneman E.A., W.R. Root, K.E. Dashiell, and J. Hohenberg. 1984. Breeding soybeans for the tropics capable of nodulating effectively with indigenous Rhizobium spp. Plant and Soils. 82: 387-396. Dassou, S. and E.A. Kueneman. 1984. Screening methodology for resistance to field weathering of soybean seed. Crop Sci. 24: 774-779. Kueneman, E.A. 1983. Genetic control of seed longevity in soybeans. Crop Sci. 23: 5-8. Gumisiriza, G., and E.A. Kueneman. 1982. Constraints in using seed leachate characteristics to estimate seed vigour for varietal seed keeping quality comparisons in soybeans. (Glycine max (L.) Merr.) Soybean Genetics Newsletter 9: 87-91. Kueneman, E.A. 1981. Genetic differences in seed quality. Screening methods for varietal improvement. In. Proceedings of: Conference on soybean seed quality and stand establishment organized by the International Soybean Program (INTSOY) held at Colombo, Sri Lanka. Kueneman, E.A. and H.C. Wien. 1981. Improving soybean stand establishment in the tropics by varietal selection for superior seed storability: cooperation of national programs. IITA Research Briefs Vol. 2 No. 2. Ndimande, B.N., H.C. Wien, and E.A. Kueneman. 1981. Soybean seed deterioration in the tropics. I. The role of physiological factors and fungal pathogens. Field Crops Research. 4: 113-121. Wien, H.C., and E.A. Kueneman. 1981. Soybean seed deterioration in the tropics. II. Varietal differences and techniques for screening. Field Crops Research. 4: 123-132. Rao, U.R., A. Ayanaba, A.J.R. Eaglesham and E.A. Kueneman. 1981. Exploiting symbiotic nitrogen fixation for increasing soybean yields in Africa. In GIAM VI Global Impacts of Applied Microbiology. Eds. S.O. Emejuaiwe, O. Ogunbi, and S.O. Sanni. Academic Press, London, pp. 153-167. Kueneman, E.A., and D.J. Allen. 1980. A technique for screening populations of soybeans for resistance to bacterial pustule. Tropical Grain Legume Bull. (IITA). Kueneman, E.A., and D.H. Wallace. 1979. Photosynthetic measurements of field-grown dry beans and their relations to selection for yield. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 104: 480-482. Kueneman, E.A., R.F. Sandsted, D.H. Wallace, A. Bravo, and H.C. Wien. 1979. Effect of plant arrangements and densities on yields of dry beans. Agronomy Journal 71: 419-424.

  • Kueneman, E.A. and D.H. Wallace. 1979. Simplified growth analysis of non-climbing dry beans at three spacings in the tropics. Expl;. Agric. 15: 273-284. Kueneman, E.A., G. Hernandez-Bravo and D.H. Wallace, 1978. Effects of growth habits and competition on yields of dry beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) in the tropics. Expl. Agric. 14: 97-104. Kueneman, E.A. 1976. Meristem Culture in Phaseolus vulgaris. Bean Improvement Cooperative Annual Report, 1976.


    Dr. Daniel Gustafson, Deputy Director General Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 00153, Rome, Italy Daniel.Gustafson@fao.org Dr. Amir Kassam, Professor University of Reading Reading, UK CGIAR Science Council/TAC Secretariat, retired kassamamir@aol.com Dr. Thomas Walker , Agriculture Economist Consortium of International Agriculture Research Centers (CGIAR), retired Evaluation and Development walkerts@msu.edu Dr. N. Sanginga, Director General International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Ibadan, Nigeria n.sanginga@cgiar.org Dr. Ken Dashiell, Deputy Director General International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Ibadan, Nigeria k.dashiell@cgiar.org Dr. Clair Hershey, Leader, Cassava Improvement International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) Cali, Colombia c.hershey@cgiar.org Dr. Jeffrey Mitchell, Senior Agronomist, Professor University of California, Davis University of California West Side Research and Extension Center Five Points, California jpmitchell@ucdavis.edu Scott Simplot, Chairman, Board of Directors JR Simplot Company Boise, Idaho Scott.simplot@simplot.com Dr. Fred Bliss, Plant Breeder, retired University of California, Davis fbliss@dcn.org Dr. Kent Bradford, Professor Plant Science Department University of California, Davis kbradford@ucdavis.edu