Moses Osiru

Job Title: 
Deputy Executive Secretary

Dr. Moses Osiru (Ugandan) is the Deputy Executive Secretary at RUFORUM Secretariat. He provides oversight to implementation of RUFORUM Secretariat programs. He has held this position since 2011. He holds a Ph.D in Agriculture (Plant Pathology) and MSc (Plant Breeding/ Pathology) from Makerere University. Dr. Osiru has over 15 years’ experience in the agricultural and higher education sectors, including seven years within the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). As Regional Pathologist with ICRISAT, Moses supported small holder farmers to improve groundnut production and marketing, including through mitigating aflatoxin contamination in groundnut in West Africa (based in Bamako, Mali) and in Eastern and Southern Africa (based in Lilongwe, Malawi).  Dr. Osiru currently serves various boards including the Board of the African Crop Science Society, and the Journal of Phytology [ISSN: 2075-6240]. He is a member of the Steering Group of the African Forum on Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS), the umbrella extension body under CAADP. Dr. Osiru has over 30 research publications. He has managed various projects, including leadership in USAID, European Commission (EC) and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation multi-million dollar funded research projects. Moses would like to see a transformation in the quality of the African higher agricultural education (HAE) sector and increased institutional engagement of universities in agricultural transformation. A key outcome of these efforts should be enhanced African public and private funding and enhanced responsiveness of training to development needs.