Eugene Terry was born in Sierra Leone and
received his higher education in Canada - B.Sc Agriculture
and M.Sc Plant Pathology from McGill University, and
Doctorate in Plant Pathology from the University of Illinois
Urbana-Champaign. Eugene has held senior research and
institutional leadership positions in regional and
international institutions - first at the International
Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Nigeria as Plant
Pathologist and later Director of International Programs; at
the West Africa Rice Development Association (WARDA - now
AfricaRice) as Director General 1987-1996; as Crops Advisor
to the Director Agriculture and Rural Development, The World
Bank 1996-2002; and as the Founding Director of the African
Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), Nairobi ,
Eugene has served on the Boards of Trustees of the World Agro-Forestry Centre (WAC-ICRAF); the World Vegetable Centre (WVC - AVRDC) and now chairs the Advisory Board of the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) hosted by the University of Ghana in Accra.
Eugene was awarded the Presidential (Mali Government) Award for Outstanding Contribution to Rice Science in Africa; and the Macdonald College McGill University Distinguished Alumni 2012 Award.
Eugene has extensive knowledge and experience in Cassava Improvement in Africa.