Honourable Innocent Kiba
Minister of Agriculture, Animal Resources and Fisheries of Burkina Faso
KIBA Delwendé Innocent was born on 18 April 1981 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. He obtained in 2012 a Ph.D. in soil science at the Polytechnic University of Bobo-Dioulasso (UPB) in Burkina Faso. Thereafter, he did a postdoc in the Group of Plant Nutrition at ETH Zurich in Switzerland. Since 2013, he is a soil scientist at the institute of environment and agricultural researches in Burkina Faso. Since 2014, he is the overall coordinator of a project on sustainable soil use in yam systems in West Africa (YAMSYS) involving several research groups from West Africa and Switzerland. Dr KIBA co-authored numerous publications about soil fertility management in Africa and has given communications in several conferences at national as well as international level. He was the general secretary of the soil science society of Burkina Faso from 2014 to 2017 and the president of this society since 2017. Dr KIBA has been awarded several times: the scientific prize of Belgium cooperation for development in 2007; the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship in 2007; three scientific prizes at the FRSIT forums in Burkina; finalist at FARA scientific competition in 2010; co-recipient of the CSRS-Fond Eremitage award in 2019 for his active participation in partnership research. African Academy of Science Affiliate since 2020; Dr. Kiba speaks French, English and has a basic knowledge of German.