Newly appointed Scientist Dr. Sifeddine Rafik Joins African Plant Nutrition Institute
APNI Headquarters has recently added APNI Scientist Dr. Sifeddine Rafik, an agronomist with experience in agricultural value chain improvement and applied biotransformation for food production systems. His initial focus will be on building resiliency within African dryland crop production systems.
“We are excited to welcome Dr. Rafik as a member of our team in Ben Guerir,” said APNI Director General, Dr. Kaushik Majumdar. “We are delighted to have him as part of the rapidly growing team at APNI headquarters and are looking forward to his contributions within our RAFAD program and other strategic R&D initiatives.”
As part of his role as APNI Scientist, Dr. Rafik will be involved in developing and implementing research programs associated with APNI’s Initiative for Resilient Agriculture for African Dryland or (RAFAD), which aims to integrate viable solutions, based on adapted plant nutrient management strategies, for sustainable dryland agriculture. Dr. Rafik can be reached at email@example.com.
Prior to joining APNI, Dr Rafik worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher in Food Biotransformation at McGill University, Canada. He received his Ph.D. in Agriculture and Food Sciences from Hassan II Agronomic and Veterinary Institute in 2021, in collaboration with Mohammed VI Polytechnic University. His Engineering Diploma in Agriculture and Agri-food Sciences was also conferred from Hassan II Agronomic and Veterinary Institute in 2016. Throughout his career, Dr Rafik has worked as a Food Consultant in different R&D Projects in consulting offices including R&D Maroc, ADI, Agriconsulting SA, and others. Dr. Rafik has also worked with the Department of local Agri-Food Products, Ministry of Agriculture (ADA-MAPMDREF). He maintains a special interest in agri-food value chains, food security, and valorization of agricultural products and their by-products.