Dr. Clementine Dabire is a senior scientist at the National Agricultural Research Institute of Burkina Faso (INERA). She served ably as the National PICS Coordinator for Burkina Faso over several years. She was a major force in raising awareness and disseminating the PICS technology in Burkina. Clementine has recently been awarded the 4th prize for the 3rd Africa-wide Science Competitions for Women in Science. She was recognized for (i) her research contributions to understanding the mode of action and performance of the PICS technology, (ii) for her leadership in extension initiatives that reached more than 4,000 villages across the nation, and (iii) promoting the technology with Burkinabe women. Her efforts have had a big impact on the cowpea value chain in Burkina Faso. Cowpea production and trade have increased because farmers and traders are now confident they can store their harvested grain. Cowpea has been added to the Burkina Faso National Program of Consolidation for food security. The government of Burkina Faso has promoted the technology to improve food security, especially among women: in 2011 and 2012 the Burkinabe government purchased more than 200,000 PICS bags and distributed them to women farmers in 45 provinces across the nation.
Dr. Dabire is pictured here conducting a PICS demonstration for women in August 2013.