MDG Centre of West and Central Africa, Dakar, Senegal
Amadou Niang is Director of the MDG Centre of West and Central Africa, where he oversees a regional multidisciplinary team of 13 experts who are developing and implementing MDG-related local and national plans and strategies, supporting West and Central Africa governments, UNDP Country offices, and Millennium Villages Project sites in four countries in West and Central Africa. He also works with the Government of Mali on its plan to scale up the MVP approach to reach 166 rural communes in the country. From 2000 through 2006, he was the regional coordinator of ICRAF Sahel Regional Program, where he developed, coordinated, and managed a regional research, development and education program in the Sahel, aiming at eradicating poverty and reversing land degradation. He also was senior scientist with ICRAF in Maseno, Western Kenya (1994–1999), where he coordinated the ICRAF, KEFRI (Kenya Forestry Research Institute), and KARI (Kenya Agricultural Research Institute) research and development activities in Western Kenya. His work included developing and coordinating the Soil Fertility Recapitalization and Replenishment Project in western Kenya and developing integrated tree-based soil fertility innovations to improve crop productivity and eradicate food deficit in the region. He has held other senior research positions in Rwanda, Burkina Faso, and Senegal. Niang has a graduate degree in tropical agronomy engineering from the Ecole Supérieure d’Agronomie Tropicale (ESAT), Montpellier, France and has authored numerous scientific publications throughout his career.