CoGent Network

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

 

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