Dr. Thérèse Agneroh, a native of Cameroon, is Program Manager (West Africa) for the African Plant Nutrition Institute (APNI).
Dr. Thérèse Agneroh received her Diploma of Agronomist Engineer (B.Sc.) from Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agronomique (ENSA) (the National Advanced School of Agriculture) in Yaoundé, Cameroon, Central Africa in 1978. She obtained her M.Sc and Ph.D. in Phytopathology from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities-Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States of America, respectively in 1983 and 1986.
Dr. Agneroh was hired in 1978 as a Lecturer researcher in the Department of Plant Protection of the Former ENSA of Yaoundé, which was transferred to the University Center of Dschang, Cameroon and later to the University of Dschang. She held several responsibilities including teaching, research, outreach and administration. She has been Coordinator for Central Africa of the African Network of Phytovirology of the African national researchers/International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA); Lecturer at the African Research and Phytosanitary training Centre of Dschang (Doctorate 3rd Cycle) funded by the Interafrican Phytosanitary Council/African Unity; Chief of Service in charge of Teaching at the University Center of Dschang; Head of the Division of Planification and Development at the University of Dschang.
She moved to Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa in 1993 and was recruited at the former ENSA of Yamoussoukro as a Lecturer researcher in the Department of Agriculture and Animal Resources – Laboratory of Phytopathology and Plant Biology of Institut National Polytechnique Félix Houphouët-Boigny (INP-HB). She has been Associate Professor at INP-HB and Head of the laboratory of Phytopathology and Plant Biology of the Department of Agriculture and Animal Resources of INP-HB. During her career in Cameroon and Côte d’Ivoire, Dr. Agneroh has trained and supervised many students at the undergraduate and graduate levels in several disciplines mainly in the areas of plant pathology and crop nutrition.
She is involved in some professional societies such as the American Society of Phytopathology (APS). She is a Fulbrighter (2013/2014) from the University of Minnesota. Fulbright is a selective scholarship based on merit sponsored by the US Department of States.
Dr. Agneroh is an experienced agronomist and educator with a strong background in multidisciplinary research and extension, including working with NGOs, agro-industrial plantations and farmers in the Côte d’Ivoire and Cameroon.
On the basis of her academic and multidisciplinary research performances and the fact of being an experienced Agronomist and Educator, Dr. Agneroh has been honored as the recipient of the Knight of the National Order of Merit of National Education of Côte d’Ivoire in 2019 by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. She was honored by INP-HB as the First Female Associate Professor in 2016 and was awarded a gold medal.
Prior to joining APNI, Dr. Agneroh was also Deputy Director for the West Africa Program of the International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI), West Africa Program based in Yamoussoukro. In this role, she was involved in establishing the first IPNI regional program in West Africa under the supervision of the North Africa program. She has been working with national research and extension services, faculty of agriculture in Universities, farm organizations to identify plant nutrient needs in the West African region and to build up capacity for the development and adoption of the best nutrient management practices in the region.