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Changes in the ASHC team

23 May 2012 The technical advisory group (TAG) has annual elections for the posts of chair and vice chair. At their meeting in May 2012, the TAG choose Dr Shamie Zingore to be chair. Shamie had previously been vice-chair. The new vice-chair will be Dr Andre Bationo.The ASHC is also pleased to announce that Dr Kabirou N’Diaye will also be joining the technical advisory group. Kabirou is a senior agronomist with AfricaRice. Dannie Romney, the ASHC project executive, said: “The ASHC owes Dr Peter Okoth a big debt of gratitude for his excellent stewardship, as chair, through the first year of the consortium’s life. Peter’s support to the delivery team has helped to lay down excellent foundations. His feedback has been both timely and astute and we look forward to continuing to work with him as a member of the technical advisory group. We are also delighted with the newly elected officers – they bring a wealth of experience spread across Africa. Having our new chair working out of Nairobi will facilitate a close working relationship, this is perfectly complimented with a vice chair from West Africa.” The members of the technical advisory group are: Andre Bationo, Thomas Fairhurst, Ken Giller, Rebbie Harawa, Jeroen Huising, Bashir Jama, Richard Jones, Valerie Kelly, Kabirou N’Diaye, Abdoulaye Mando, Paul Mapfumo, Bell Okello, Peter Okoth, Paul Van Mele, Bernard Vanlauwe, Shamie Zingore and George Oduor from the ASHC project delivery team. The ASHC is also pleased to welcome to the delivery team Dr Mama Kone from the Institut d’Economie Rurale (IER), based in Bamako, Mali, who will be helping to facilitate ASHC project activities in Mali and indeed West Africa.