Efren Altoveros is a Research Specialist and the Regional Site Manager (AAEP-II) in Herat, Afghanistan. Efren worked for 20 years as a Researcher/Plant Breeder at University of the Philippines at Los Banos. Efren worked as a Training Consultant at the Asian Vegetable Research and Development Center (AVRDC) in Tanzania and Thailand from 1995-2007. He began his work in Afghanistan in 2007, working as a Training Consultant for a Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) project in the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL). In 2009, Efren began working for Purdue as part of the Advancing Afghanistan Agriculture Alliance (A4), followed by Strengthening Afghanistan Agricultural Faculties (SAAF).