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Drs Tanaka and Masiyandima join the SMART-IV project team

March 23, 2013

Since the beginning of 2013 the SMART-IV project has been strengthened with two new researchers, Dr Atstuko Tanaka from Japan and Dr Mutsa Masiyandima from Zimbabwe.

Dr Masiyandima, a water resources researcher, holds her PhD from Cornell University in 2002 and worked thereafter for the International Water Management Insitute (IWMI) in Pretoria, South Africa. In 2000 she conducted part of her field work for her PhD at the AfricaRice station in Bouaké, Cote d’Ivoire. At IWMI she lead projects and work packages related to water resources, water productivity assessment and food security. For the SMART-IV project she will work on modelling water resources and evaluating scenarios at catchment and national level with the purpose to evaluate the impact of Sawah System Development on water resources (quantity and quality) and food security.

Dr Tanaka obtained her doctoral degree from the University of Tokyo in 2012. For thesis research she spend 2 months in Benin at AfricaRice with a Japan-CGIAR fellowship. Her field of expertise is soil fertility in rice-based systems. In the context of the SMART-IV projects she will assess sustainable fertilization options for farmers and she will be working of the validation of the nutrient manager in both target countries in Togo and Benin.

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