Management & organisation

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  • Director General (President) – William Kwende
  • Chief Operations Officer (Deputy Director General) – Pascal Roumba

Born in Ouagadougou, Pascal pursued his graduate and postgraduate studies in water and forest management, both in Burkina Faso and Cameroon. Prior to joining Agritech, Pascal’s work experiences encompassed the Environment, Water and Forest Management in Poni (Gaoua), Bougouriba, Comoé, Nazinga and other places. Mr Rouamba has successfully managed the Fauna section of the African Plan Program for Epizooties Control. He was formerly Responsible for the Nazinga Game Ranch and the Project Supervisor of a UNDP program referred to as UNDP BKF/94 /G32 / E/ 1G/ 99 « GEF / FEM/ Nazinga ». Mr Rouamba, as the Commanding Officer of the Central Region Brigade, supervised the whole forest resources of that region from 2007 to 2009. Pascal is now undertaking important strategies for an effective implementation of Jatropha cultivation in Burkina-Faso. As a senior officer of the Burkinabe Ministry of Environment, Pascal published many research papers on the conservation and valorization of water and forest resources. One of his latest writings includes “Project Assessment for the Conservation and Valorization of Forest products in the vicinities of the National Game Park of Pô (Kabore Tambi)”.

Finance & Administration – Yves Ouedraogo

Yves received his GCE ‘A’ Level Accounting from Ougadougou Technical High School, a Graduate Diploma in Management from the Higher Institute of Management in Dakar (Senegal), and his Master és Management Studies from University of Evry Val d’Essone in France. Prior to joining Agritech, he worked as Administrative & Financial Manager for Faso Kanu Developpement and also managed logistics for a Hydro-Agricultural Project in Burkina Faso undertaken by a Canadian company. Yves was also Assistant Coach of the ‘AS-SONABHY Basket Senior Homme’ team, which was the Burkina champion in 2005 and 2006.

o Sawana Field Office : Dominique Charbonneau
o Bobo Field Office : Frederick Meda

  • Plantation Operations – Hubert Batchomo

Prior to joining Agritech, Hubert served for 10 years as the Head of Tobacco Growing for a major international tobacco company, overseeing 16,000 hectares. When the tobacco company decided to convert former tobacco farmers and their lands to jatropha, he managed the land conversion process, including the acquisition of jatropha seeds from India. Mr. Batchomo received his M.S. in Rural Development and Agronomy from University of Ouagadougou, where he was also a student of Professor Makido.
o Boni Plantation : Yacouba Bonde
o Sawana Plantation : Larba Lompo
o Gampela Experimental Field : Tibila Tiendrebeogo
o Dano Plantation : TBA (in training)
o Kantchari Plantation : TBA (in training)

Logistics & Transportation – Yendie Gayeri

Yendie received his B.A. and M.A. in Economics and Business Management from the University of Ouagadougou and did internships in accounting before joining Mr. Dominique Charbonneau in the establishment of the shea business in Sawana. He currently oversees the movement of shea nuts from Burkina Faso to Ghana and Ivory Coast.
o Maintenance : Mathieu Nikiema
o Security : Adama DRABO
o Shipping & Freight : Rasmane Tomos (Consultant)

Plantation R&D & Training – Makido Ouedraogo
o Training – Cheikh Omar Traore :

Cheick received his M.S. in Biology & Plant Physiology and his B.S. in Chemistry & Biology from University of Ouagadougou. Prior to joining Agritech in October 2007, he taught Life & Earth Sciences, Mathematics and Chemistry in Bobo-Dioulasso and Ouagadougou.

o Field Experiments – Olivier Bado

Olivier received his Masters of Science & technology in Rural Development from the Institute of Rural development at the Polytechnic University of Bobo-Dioulasso. Prior to joining Agritech, he worked at the
Department of Forest Resources where he conducted studies on forest management, wildlife planning, aquaculture, cotton cultivation, climatology, agricultural machinery, participatory planning and other topics all over Burkina Faso. o Seed Collection – Noufou Ouaba –Aside from taking responsibility for seed collection throughout the country, Noufou has strong practical knowledge in building and construction. He hails from the far east of Burkina Faso in Kantchari, from a line of tribal chiefs.

In addition to the above 19 personnel in management and central operations, Agritech currently employs:
• 120 direct employees, primarily engaged in company owned jatropha
nurseries and plantations.
• 270 villagers employed through Men’s Associations & Women’s
Associations, each Association deployed in the cultivation of a specific
parcel, where they can ‘take ownership’ of their efforts.
• 534 farmers under contract growing arrangements.
• 80 women for shea nut sorting at Agritech locations.
• 2,500 estimated number of women engaged in shea nut gathering, boiling
and drying.
• 30 men for the manual labor related to shea nuts.

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