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Michael Larinde
Freelance consultant
Houston, United States
An English-speaking, agronomist crop-seed-value-chain expert with over 40 years of international experience at global level working under the CGIAR and UNFAO. This included pertinent field experiences in 85 countries of the world, including country project activities in 14 African countries; 14 in CARICOM and 10 in the Economic Cooperation Organization of Central Asia.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Agriculture, Livelihoods, Microfinance, Rural
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy
  • Disaster, Aid, Emergencies, Relief
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
Professional Experience:
I worked under the auspices of CGIAR and UN systems in progressively responsible positions in different areas of seed program/industry development at national, regional and global levels. During this period:

- From 1998 till retirement from FAO in 2009, I provided critical strategic guidance and technical assistance to different member countries of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, including countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and the CARICOM region with more than 75% success rate
- Led rice genetic resources based agriculture and community-driven agricultural development activities aimed at creating increased rice productivity and economic growth amongst farming communities of 14 West African countries through rice germplasm exchange and distribution program of WARDA (1974 – 1986);
- Organized structured training programs in germplasm characterization, seed technology and seed industry development at regional levels (WARDA and CARICOM regions). In particular, I established annual PGRFA and seed technology course as part of the subjects offered at the Guyana School of Agriculture, Georgetown, Guyana with more than 80 % success rate.
- Initiated FAO’s Seed Alliance Without Boundary (FAO-SAWIB) aimed at introducing seed value-chain to developing countries through cross-sectorial-cum-cross-boundary collaboration and public-private partnership.

Overall, I possess the ability to analyze complex problems and render comprehensive solutions in categorizing, prioritizing, and planning to solve seed industry and agricultural value-chain problems. Goal-oriented and dedicated individual with the capacity to comprehend, manage, and monitor program/project schedules and timelines for successful accomplishment of established goals.

Experienced in analyzing complex problems of seed production and distribution; providing comprehensive solutions to seed industry and agricultural value-chain problems. Goal-oriented and dedicated individual with the capacity to comprehend, manage, and monitor program/project schedules and timelines for successful accomplishment of established goals.
1983 -1986 - Mississippi State University USA, Ph.D. in Agronomy, with major in Agronomy - Seed Technology and minor in Plant Physiology, including post-harvest handling of horticultural crop products. Dissertation research was on development of Laboratory methodologies for cultivar purity testing in U.S. Rices.
1977 -1979 - Mississippi State University USA, M.Sc. in Agronomy - Seed Technology. Thesis research concentrated on the seed maturation, development and release of dormancy in red rice types.
1970 -1973 - University of Ibadan, Nigeria B.Sc. in Agriculture with honors in agricultural biology. Thesis research was on the effect of soil amendments on the population dynamics of root lesion nematodes (Pratylenchus brachyurus) and growth of Maize (Zea mays).
Affiliations and Achievements:
•Prepared/guided more than 1000 seed and seed-related national and regional projects, including emergency seed relief, short-term and long-term projects funded by a range of donors.
•The Second World Seed Conference held at FAO Headquarters in September 2009
• Conceived and developed FAO Initiative titled Seed Alliance Without Boundaries (SAWIB) aimed at developing sustainable seed supply in countries through value-chain market-driven process in which the synergies of the public and private sector (national and international) are harnessed.
•Acted as` FAO focal point for collaborative work with international/global organizations’ working to develop international seed norms [International Seed testing Association (ISTA, OECD Seed Schemes, UPOV, International Seed federation (ISF) and UPOV].
•Development of FAO Regional Seed Network for Latin America and the Caribbean
•Development of the Regional Seed Association for central Asia and the Caucasus called ECO Seed Association (ECOSA)
•Review of the FAO Seed Quality Declared publication
•Development of certification system for vegetative planting materials called Quality Declared Planting Materials (QDPM)

Available for:
  • Consulting assignments
  • Job opportunities

    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, French (basic)
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