CoGent Network

ITAGS

COGENT International Thematic Action Group on Ex situ coconut conservation and related methodologies

ITAG Leader  
Dr Jean Louis Konan Konan
Head of Coconut research Program
Curator of the International Genebank for Africa and Indian Ocean
Centre National De Recherche Agronomique (CNRA)
Port Bouet, 07 B.P. 13 Abidjan 07
Côte d’Ivoire
Tel. (225) 23 47 24 24
E-mail: konankonanjeanlouis@yahoo.fr
 Jean Louis Konan

List of members 

Dr. Semiramis Rabelo Ramalho Ramos
COGENT Alternative Representative
Curator of Coconut Germplasm Bank
Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária
Brazil
Email: semiramis@cpatc.embrapa.br

Vitta Niral
Research Scientist
Central Plantation Crops Research Institute CPCRI
Indian Council of Agriculture Research
India
Email: niralv@yahoo.com

Jean-Pierre Labouisse
CIRAD - French Agricultural Research Centre for International
Development
UMR AGAP - Joint Research Unit - Adaptation
and Genetic Improvement
of Tropical and Mediterranean Plants
France
Email: jean-pierre.labouisse@cirad.fr

COGENT International Thematic Action Group on Coconut In vitro culture

ITAG leader  
Dr C. Oropeza
Coordinator of Research on coconut and Lethal Yellowing Biotechnology Unit 
Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán (CICY)
Calle 43 N° 130, Colonia Chuburna de Hidalgo
97200 Merida, Yucatan,
Mexico
Tel. +52 999 942-8330 (ext. 191)
E-mail: coscicy@gmail.com
oropeza

 

 ITAG Members

Stephen W. Adkins
School of Land Crop and food sciences,
University of Queensland,
St Lucia 4072 Brisbane Queensland Australia
Email: s.adkins@uq.edu.au

Dr. Anitha Karun
Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (CPCRI)
Indian Council of Agriculture Research
India
Email: karun_ani@yahoo.co.uk

Rajesh M.K.
Divison of Crop Improvement
Central Plantation Crops Research Institute (CPCRI)
India
Email: mkraju_cpcri@yahoo.com

Valerie Saena Tuia
OIC - Genetic Resources
Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees (CePaCT)
Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)
Email: valeriet@spc.int or cepactcurator@spc.int

Cristeta A. Cueto
Sr. Scientist/Division Chief
Philippine Coconut Authority
Philippines
Email: cacueto@yahoo.com

Dr. Ana da Sylva Ledo
Research Scientist
Plant Genetic Resources
EMBRAPA Coastal Tablelands
Brazil
Email: ana.ledo@embrapa.br

Dr. Kouassi Kan Modeste
Centre National de Recherche Agronomique (CNRA)
Cote d'Ivoire
Email: kokamo70@yahoo.fr

Dr. Najya Muhammed
Ph.D - Chemistry Lecturer
Pwani University
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
NCST COCONUT MICROPROPAGATION – PI - Kilifi
Kenya
Email: najy21@hotmail.com

Florent Engelmann
Secrétaire scientifique
Centre IRD de Montpellier
France
Email: florent.engelmann@ird.fr

MSc Marnus Cherry
In Vitro Culture Laboratory
Research and Development Division
Ministry of Agriculture
St. Lucia
E-mail: marnuscherry17@gmail.com

Prof. S. Sudarsono
Molecular Biologist at PMB Lab
Bogor University
Indonesia
E-mail: s_sudarsono@ymail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

COGENT International Thematic Action Group on Ethnobiology and socioeconomy

Objectives

The main objectives of this ITAG for the next 2 years are:

  • To help and support local stakeholders (men and women farmers, private enterprise, NGOs and CBOs) to become more involved in supplying quality germplasm.
  • To develop an International project as suggested in recommendation 3 of the Steering Committee, and including the following actions:
    1. Assessing farmers’ traditional and botanical knowledge regarding the reproductive biology of the coconut palm and breeding purposes;
    2.  Developing a communication strategy to strengthen farmers’ knowledge regarding coconut reproductive biology and breeding methods, including training tools, video guidelines and media communication;
    3. Conducting a similar survey five years after launching this process, in order to assess the efficiency of the actions undertaken.

Leaders were not identified for the ITAG Communication and the ITAG ethnology and Socioeconomics.

The COGENT secretariat is presently assuming the leadership of the ITAG ethnology and Socio-economics. When an appropriate international team will be constituted, ITAG members will have to designate their leader by consensus or voting process.

 

List of members

Tevita Kete
Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees (CePaCT)
Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)
Fiji
E-mail: tevita.kete@gmail.com

Dr Alexia PRADES
CIRAD - Département PERSYST
Unité Mixte de Recherche "QUALISUD"
France
E-mail: alexia.prades@cirad.fr

Mohammed Ataur Rahman
Director Center for global environment culture (CGEC) and Program on Education for Sustainability
Coordinator, WWOOF Bangladesh
International University of Business Agriculture and Technology
Bangladesh
Email: marahman@iubat.edu

Mike Foale
Honorary Research Consultant
School of Land Crops and Food Sciences
University of Queensland
Australia
Email: m.foale@uq.edu.au

Dr Yancey Orr
Anthropology Lecturer
University of Queensland
Australia
Email: y.orr@uq.edu.au

Dr. Chaminda Shaman Herath
Senior Extensionist
Technology Transfer Division
Coconut Research Institute
Sri Lanka
Email: hmcsherath@yahoo.com

Charles Agwanda
Coordinator (Commodities)
CABI (Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International)
Kenya
Email: c.agwanda@cabi.org

Dr. A. Sakeer Husain
Institutional Coordinator
Kerala Agricultural University
India
Email: sakeerhusain@gmail.com

PK Thampan
President
Tree Crops Development Foundation
India
Email: pkthampan@yahoo.com

Mohammed Rahmatullah
Pro-Vice Chancellor & Dean, Faculty of Life Sciences
University of Development Alternative
Bangladesh
Email: rahamatm@hotmail.com

Dr I M S K Idirisinghe
Head/Agric. Economics Division
Coconut Research Institute
Sri Lanka
Email: sarath658@yahoo.com

Sergio Gongora Gonzalez
Investigador del Programa de Socioeconomía
Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Forestales, Agrícolas y Pecuarias (INIFAP)
Mexico
Email: gongora.sergio@inifap.gob.mx

Richard Musebe
Socio-economist
Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI)
Kenya
Email: r.musebe@cabi.org

 

 

COGENT International Thematic Action Group on Communication

The COGENT secretariat is currently assuming the leadership of the Communication ITAG. When an appropriate international team will be constituted, ITAG members will have to designate their leader by consensus or voting process.

The main objectives of this ITAG for the next two years are:

  • Increase the commitment at local, national and global levels to the conservation and use of coconut genetic resources.
  • Develop a communication strategy focusing on the specific needs and concerns of coconut stakeholders and consumers, and targeting as main priorities small farmers and decision-makers.
  • To develop national and international projects for funding the production of video guidelines and other communication tools and their dissemination through TV channels, Internet and other media. 

Some of the projects to be developed are described in the recommendation 10 of the 16th Steering Committee Meeting of the International Coconut Genetic Resources Network (COGENT) held from 8th to 10th July 2012, in Kochi, Kerala, India.

List of members

Dr. Saiful Islam
Senior Scientific Officer
Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI)
Bangladesh
Email: saiful@bari.gov.bd

Saulo Coelho Nunes
Embrapa Centro de Pesquisa Agropecuaria dos Tabuleiros Costeiros
Brazil
Email: saulo.coelho@embrapa.br

Xu Lijing
Coconut Research Institute
Chinese Academy of Tropical Agriculture Sciences
(CRICATAS)
China
Email: kb0684@163.com

Alexis Calderon
Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería
Costa Rica
Email: acalderon@mag.go.cr

Franck Olivier Aipo
Centre National De Recherche Agronomique (CNRA)
Cote d'Ivoire
Email: wrenchesport@yahoo.fr

Monica Piniella
Instituto de Investigaciones en Fruticultura Tropical
Cuba
Email: monicapiniella@iift.cu

Mr. Nacanieli Takele
Principal Agricultural Officer (Information & Communication)
Research Division Ministry of Primary Industries
Fiji
Email: nactakele@gmail.com

Claudine Picq
Publications & Communications Coordinator
Bioversity International
France
Email: c.picq@cgiar.org

Dr Egya Ndede Yankey
Oil Palm Research Institute, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
Ghana
Email: : ndedeyankey@yahoo.com

Samantha Collins
Web Editor
Bioversity International
Italy
Email: s.collins@cgiar.org

Virginia Wangari
Kenya Agricultural Research Institute HQ
Kenya
Email: VWangari@kari.org

Aniadila Kamaruddin
Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI)
Malaysia
Email: aniadila@mardi.gov.my

Mafutaga Tinifu
Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries
Samoa
Email: mafutaga.tinifu@maf.gov.ws

Valerie Sophie
Seychelles Agricultural Agency (SAA)
Seychelles
Email: vsophie2006@yahoo.com

Dr. Lalith Perera
Coconut Research Institute (CRI)
Sri Lanka
Email: kanthaperera@yahoo.com

Dr Linus Masumbuko
Mikocheni Agricultural Research Institute
Tanzania
Email: linusmasumbuko@yahoo.ie

Matilde Cortazar Rios
Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Forestales, Agrícolas y Pecuarias (INIFAP)
Mexico
Email: cortazar.matilde@inifap.gob.mx

Dr. George V Thomas
Central Plantation Crops Research Institute
India
Email: georgevthomas@yahoo.com

Jacob Thundil
Director
Cocofina coconut water
United Kingdom
Email: jacob@finabrands.com

 

COGENT International Thematic Action Group on Phytopathology and coconut germplasm movements

ITAG Leader

Dr Kouassi Allou
Senior scientist 
Directeur de la station Marc Delorme
Centre National De Recherche Agronomique (CNRA)
Station Cocotier Marc Delorme 

Côte d'Ivoire
Email: kouassi_allou@yahoo.fr
Telephone: +225 05 88 69 93
Mobile telephone: +225 07869878 

 

Mr Allu Kouassi

ITAG Senior Members

Dr Vinayaka Hegde
Head of crop protection
CPCRI
Central Plantation Crops Research Institute
India
Email: hegdev64@gmail.com

Dr Fabian PILET
Researcher
CIRAD Bios - UMR RPB
FRANCE
Email: fabian.pilet@cirad.fr

Dr Simon Eden-Green
Consultant
The NR Group
United Kingdom
Email: simon.eden-green@thenrgroup.net

Dr Egya Ndede Yankey
Oil Palm Research Institute
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
Ghana
Email: egy28@yahoo.com

 

ITAG Junior Members

João Bila
PhD student at Swedish University Agricultural of Sciences - Sweden
Assistant Lecturer at Universidade Edurado Mondlane - Mozambique
Email: Joaobilay@yahoo.com.br; jbilay@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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