The Legume Systems Innovation Lab is pleased to welcome Kansas State University (KSU) Associate Professor, Dr. Augustine Obour as the new principle investigator leading the Sustainable Intensification of Dual-Purpose Cowpea Varieties for Enhanced Food and Fodder in Senegal project.
The project is a collaborative effort among scientists at KSU, Senegalese National Agricultural Research and Extension Services (NARES) (i.e. ISRA and ANCAR) and uses a farming systems approach to assess dual-purpose cowpea for grain and fodder production for human nutrition and small ruminant production.
Dr. Obour is a native of Ghana and earned his bachelor's degree in Crop Science from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana. He holds a master’s degree in Agronomy and a Ph. D in Soil and Water Science from the University of Florida, Gainesville.
His expertise is in soil and nutrient management issues in semiarid dryland cropping systems. A major emphasis of his applied research program is placed on developing a systematic understanding of soil management and agronomic production practices within dryland cropping systems and the impact of such practices on soil health, water use, crop productivity, and economic returns.
Dr. Obour's hope for the project is that it will result in identifying novel dual-purpose cowpea varieties that can be adopted by Senegalese farmers and scaled-up across West Africa with the ultimate goal of improving resilience, nutrition, and food security for smallholder farmers.
While not focused on his research, Augustine enjoys watching football and soccer. He notes that his biggest personal challenge since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the disruption to his off-campus research activities and personal travel plans. His favorite legume to eat is black-eyed pea, a favorite of his homeland Ghana.