Njala University / Sierra Leone
Dr. Alusaine Samura is the WAVE Sierra Leone Country Director. He is a plant pathologist at the head of the crop and Natural Resource Management unit at Njala Agricultural Research center of the Sierra Leone Agricultural Research Institute (SLARI). He received his PhD In Crop Protection from Njala University and is currently an associate lecturer at Njala University. …Dr. Samura has been involved in research and teaching for over 20 years much of his work focusing on cassava mosaic disease, integrated pest management and cassava value chain development in Sierra Leone. He has gained experience in the implementation of several projects including the West Africa Agricultural productivity programme in the capacity as focal person for cassava, food security project of the European Union Projects geared towards increasing agricultural productivity in Sierra Leone. As a lecturer in plant pathology at the Njala University, he has gained a lot of experience working with diverse groups of people, coaching and mentoring students for over nine years and has successfully supervised undergraduate and post graduate students with several journal publications to his credit. Current project includes the Orange flesh sweet potato, Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) and Cassava virus research and capacity building on DNA sequencing in Sierra Leone. Dr. Samura has served his community in serval capacities including vice president of Village Hope, and member of the variety release and registration committee of the Sierra Leone seed certification agency. He is also a member of the International Society of Tropical Root Crops Africa Branch, Njala University Society for Academic Advancement (NUSAA) and Research and Publication committee, School of Agriculture, Njala University.