Professor Geoffrey C. Mrema

  Professor Geoffrey C. Mrema, a Tanzanian, holds a B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering (Hons) from the University of Nairobi; M.Sc.and PhD in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK, and University College, Dublin, Ireland respectively. He also in 1984 attended the second “International Course on development oriented Research in Agriculture [ICRA2]” in Wageningen, the Netherlands. From 1973 to 1987, he was lecturing at the Department of Agricultural Engineering and Land Planning of the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Dar-es-Salaam, Morogoro, Tanzania. The Faculty of Agriculture became, in July 1984, the Sokoine University of Agriculture [SUA]. In addition to rising from Lecturer in 1979 to Professor by 1987, he also served as head of the Department of Agricultural Engineering and Land Planning (1979-87) as well as Associate Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture (1985-87). In 1987 he was appointed the inaugural Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Botswana and Professor of Agricultural Engineering where he served during the period 1987-95. From 1995 to 2001, he served as the First Executive Secretary of the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) in Entebbe, Uganda. Throughout the period 1980-2001, Dr.Mrema also worked as a short-term consultant and as a Member of the Boards of Trustees for various international agencies. In 2001, he joined FAO as the Director of the Agricultural Support Systems Division at its headquarters in Rome, Italy. In February 2005, Dr.Mrema was appointed FAO’s Sub-Regional Representative for Southern and Eastern Africa based in Harare, Zimbabwe.  In 2006 he returned to the FAO headquarters as Director of the Rural Infrastructure and Agro-Industries Division (AGS), and he served in this position until March 31st 2011 when he retired from FAO service on reaching the UN mandatory retirement age. He is now based at the Department of Agricultural Engineering and Land Planning of SUA where in addition to lecturing and research, he undertakes consultancy missions for international and national agencies.