Marco C.S. Wopereis



Position held:

Deputy Director General and Director of Research for Development,

Year of Employment:

December 2007


PhD in tropical agronomy, 1993, Wageningen University, The Netherlands.

MSc Soil science and soil fertilizer use and public administration, 1988 (cum laude), Wageningen University, The Netherlands and Erasmus University, Faculty of Management, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 

BSc Soil science and soil fertilizer use, 1984, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

Specialization/Expertise: Management of international agricultural research, tropical agronomy and natural resources management (NRM), soil fertility and nutrient management, systems analysis and simulation modeling, participatory learning and action research


- Extensive experience in research for development related to integrated natural resources management, and rice in particular. Served as AfricaRice’s irrigated rice agronomist in Senegal from 1994-2000 and as the scientific coordinator of the Inland Valley Consortium from 2000-2002. Also worked for two other international research organizations: the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines (1989-1994) and an International Centre for Soil Fertility and Agricultural Development (IFDC), in Togo (2002-2005).  More recently employed as director of the annual crops department of the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (Cirad), based in Montpellier, France, overseeing R&D activities in south-east Asia, Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa.

- Consulting work for: the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa, Ghana; Aga Khan Foundation, Switzerland; Global Mechanism, Global Environment Facility (GEF), Italy; International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), India; French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), France

Major Achievements:

- About 100 refereed journal articles and book chapters.

- Development of a rainfed rice simulation model.

- Translation of research results into tangible outputs and training and extension materials.

- As AfricaRice staff member :recipient of the 'Grand Prix du Président de la République du Sénégal pour les Sciences', for the development and diffusion of the ASI thresher-cleaner, now widely used in Senegal, Mauritania and Mali.

- Co-developer of a Participatory Learning and Action Research (PLAR) approach for lowland rice systems focusing on options for Integrated Crop Management (ICM), adopted in 7 countries.

- Contributed to enhanced effectiveness of research for development structures and partnerships.