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Olufunke Cofie

West Africa Regional Representative, IWMI, Ghana

West Africa Regional Representative, IWMI, Ghana

Olufunke Cofie

Biography

Olufunke Cofie has an academic background in Soil Science and over 20 years professional experience in natural resources management in West Africa. This includes 10 years teaching experience in the university and 13 years Post-Doctoral research experience in International Agricultural Research Centres. In the past 14 years, her research activities aim at: exploring water-sanitation-agriculture linkages through safe recovery of nutrients, organic matter and water from domestic wastes, for urban and peri-urban agriculture; and improving smallholder agricultural water management. She has published over 100 scientific articles through diverse outlets. In addition to these research functions Olufunke has held leadership and research management positions in the past ten years. From 2004 to 2010, she served as the West Africa (Anglophone) Regional Coordinator for the International Network of Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security (RUAF). From 2010 to 2013, she led the multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary research for development Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF) in the Volta River Basin. Currently, Olufunke heads the IWMI Office in West Africa and serves as the Focal Region Leader for the Water Land and Ecosystems (WLE) program in Volta-Niger Basin region.

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