Dr. Mateete Bekunda has joined IITA as a Consultant Systems Agronomist for the USAID funded project on Sustainable Intensification of Key African Farming Systems. His more than 30 years of research and outreach interests have been directed at improving smallholder livelihoods through application of sustainable crop nutrient management initiatives, mainly as professor at Makerere University, and as visiting scientist with TSBF and IAEA.
He voluntarily coordinates the pan- African nitrogen (INI) and nutrient management (GPNM) platforms that target informing and influencing the public at global level.
Bekunda was Dean of Agriculture at Makerere University, is a Fellow of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences, and was recognized as World Professor by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Iowa State University, USA. He is a Ugandan, married, and with 5 children