Michael M. Chipeta

Principal Investigator and Director, Center of Innovation for Crop improvement for East and Southern Africa (CICI-ESA)

Dr. Michael M. Chipeta is a Plant Breeder and a Lecturer in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR), Malawi. He holds a PhD in Plant Breeding from the University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. Dr Chipeta is a 2018 Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellow at the University of Tennessee, USA, a Fellow of the African Science Leadership Programme, an affiliate of African academy of Sciences and an African Plant Breeding Academy scholar. Dr Chipeta teaches Plant breeding, Genetics and Biotechnology courses and supervises research projects for both under graduate and postgraduate students. Apart from teaching, he manages Cowpea and Bambara Groundnut Breeding Programmes in Malawi and his research is focused on selection and development of high yielding, disease resistant, drought tolerant, nutritionally rich and stable varieties for improved food, income, climate resilient and nutrition security in Malawi. To date, he has published eight research articles in the field of plant breeding and genetics.

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