Utpol Kumar | Soil Survey | Best Researcher Award

Dr Utpol Kumar |  Soil Survey |  Best Researcher Award

Principal Scientific Officer at  Soil Resource Development Institute, Bangladesh

Dr. Utpol Kumar, born on February 2, 1975, is a dedicated soil scientist and Principal Scientific Officer (BCS Agriculture Cadre) at the Soil Resource Development Institute under the Ministry of Agriculture, Bangladesh. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Soil Science from Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU), completed in 2022, preceded by a Master of Science in Horticulture and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, both also from BAU.

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🎓 Education:

Ph.D. in Soil Science, Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU), 2022. M.Sc. in Horticulture, BAU, 2001. B.Sc. in Agriculture, BAU, 1996

🏢 Professional Experience:

With over 18 years of service at the Soil Resource Development Institute (SRDI), Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Kumar has held key positions such as Principal Scientific Officer. His work includes conducting research experiments, soil surveys, and training programs for farmers and agricultural officers.

📚 Training & Development:

Dr. Kumar has a keen interest in capacity building. He has organized and conducted numerous training programs on soil management, fertilizer quality, and agricultural project management, both nationally and internationally.

👨‍🎓 Education Advocacy:

As a co-supervisor of MS students and through his involvement in various educational initiatives, Dr. Kumar has played a vital role in nurturing the next generation of agricultural scientists.

🏆 Achievements:

Dr. Kumar’s contributions have been recognized through awards and participation in seminars and conferences, where he has presented his research findings.

🔬 Research Focus: Soil Survey

Dr. Kumar’s primary research focus lies in Soil Survey, a critical area of study aimed at comprehensively understanding soil properties, composition, and their distribution patterns. Through his extensive research, Dr. Kumar aims to:

  • Conduct thorough soil surveys to assess the fertility and health of agricultural land.
  • Identify factors influencing soil composition, such as land use, climate, and human activities.
  • Analyze soil data to develop strategies for sustainable land management and crop productivity enhancement.
  • Contribute to the creation of soil maps and guides to aid farmers and policymakers in making informed decisions regarding land use and agricultural practices.

With a meticulous approach and a passion for scientific inquiry, Dr. Kumar’s research endeavors have significantly contributed to advancing our knowledge of soil science and its practical applications in agriculture.


Publications Top Notes:

  1. “Are Recommended Fertilizer Rates Able to Maintain Nutrient Balance and Optimize Crop Profit in Intensive Rice-Based Crop Rotations: Evidence from a 20-Year Study”
    • European Journal of Agronomy (Under Review), 2024
    • Contributions: Conceptualization, Data Curation, Formal Analysis, Writing – Original Draft, Writing – Review & Editing
  2. “Long–term Residue Retention Increases Crop Productivity and Maintains Positive Sulfur Balance in Intensive Rice–Based Cropping Systems”
    • Journal of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition (Under Review), 2024
    • Contributions: Writing – Original Draft, Writing – Review & Editing, Conceptualization, Data Curation, Formal Analysis, Methodology
  3. “Conservation Agriculture Improves Yield and Potassium Balance in Intensive Rice Systems”
    • Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems, March 20, 2024
    • DOI: 10.1007/s10705-024-10348-7
    • Contributions: Writing – Review & Editing, Formal Analysis, Writing – Original Draft
    • ISSN: 1385-1314; 1573-0867
  4. “Conservation Agriculture for Intensive Rice-Based Systems: Lessons from a Decade On-Farm Practice”
    • TROPAG Conference, May 1, 2023
    • Contribution: Writing – Review & Editing
  5. “Sulphur Dynamics and Balance in Soils in the Mustard-Mungbean-Rice Cropping Pattern under Long-Term Integrated Nutrient Management”
    • TROPAG Conference, May 1, 2023
    • Contribution: Writing – Review & Editing
  6. “Conservation Agriculture in Intensive Rice Cropping Reverses Soil Potassium Depletion”

Daouda Guebre | soil conservation | SustainableAg Leadership Award

Dr Daouda Guebre | soil conservation | SustainableAg Leadership Award

Assistant in Agroecology and Agropedology at  Ziniaré University Center/University Joseph Ki-Zerbo, Burkina Faso

Daouda Guébré is a Burkinabe agroecologist, agro-pedologist, and teacher-researcher with a passion for sustainable agriculture and soil conservation. Born on December 29, 1987, in Iboké, Ivory Coast, Guébré’s academic journey began with a Bachelor’s degree in General Geological Sciences from Joseph Ki Zerbo University (UJKZ) in 2011. He pursued further education, earning Master’s degrees in Fundamental and Applied Geology, as well as Soils & Environment, from UJKZ between 2011 and 2016.


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📚 Education:

  • Ph.D. in Agroecology/Agro-pedology, Joseph Ki Zerbo University (UJKZ), 2017-2020
  • Master’s Degree in Soils & Environment, UJKZ, 2013-2016
  • Master’s Degree in Fundamental and Applied Geology, UJKZ, 2011-2012
  • Bachelor in General Geological Sciences, UJKZ, 2010-2011
  • General University Diploma in Biological and Geological Sciences, UJKZ, 2009-2010
  • Baccalauréat D, Lycée Municipal de San Pedro (RCI), 2007-2008

👨‍🏫 Professional Experiences:

  • Teacher Researcher at Ziniaré University Center/Joseph Ki Zerbo University, Burkina Faso, since 2021
  • Ph.D. Agroecologist/Agro-pedologist at Joseph Ki Zerbo University (UJKZ), 2017-2020

🏆 Awards:

  • 1st Prize, International Synthesis and Scientific Communication Competition (My thesis in 180 seconds), 2018
  • Winner of the 1st Prize of the Jury and 1st Prize of the Public

🔧 Skills:

  • Proficient in Microsoft and Libre Office suites, statistical software (R Commander, XLSTAT, SPSS), and internet research
  • Fluent in French and professional English

👩‍🔬 Research Focus:

Daouda Guébré’s research primarily focuses on sustainable agricultural practices and soil conservation in Sahelian agro-ecosystems. He investigates the efficacy of woody residue amendments in enhancing soil fertility and crop productivity, particularly in Burkina Faso’s challenging climate. His studies delve into intercropping systems involving sorghum, cowpea, and other staple crops, aiming to optimize resource use and mitigate environmental degradation. Through rigorous experimentation and analysis, he contributes valuable insights into agro-ecological practices that promote resilience and food security in vulnerable regions. Daouda’s work underscores the importance of integrating traditional knowledge with modern scientific approaches for sustainable land management and agricultural development.

Publications Top Notes:
  1. Nutrient cycling and microbial responses to termite and earthworm activity in soils amended with woody residues in the Sudano-Sahel
    Authors: Traoré, S., Guébré, D., Hien, E., Lorenz, N., Dick, R.P.
    Journal: European Journal of Soil Biology, 2022, 109, 103381
  2. Performance of sorghum-cowpea mixed cropping system on sorghum and soils productivities in the Sudano-Sahelian zone of Burkina Faso | Performance de l’association mixte sorgho-niébé sur les productivités du sorgho et des sols en zone Soudano-Sahélienne du Burkina Faso
    Authors: Zongo, K.F., Hien, E., Mare, B.T., Guebre, D.
    Journal: International Journal of Biological and Chemical Sciences, 2021, 15(3), pp. 987–1005
  3. Soil macrofaunal activity, microbial catabolic limitations and nutrient cycling in cropping systems amended with woody residues and nitrogen inputs
    Authors: Guébré, D., Traoré, S., Hien, E., Bationo, B.A., Wiesmeier, M.
    Journal: Pedobiologia, 2020, 83, 150686


Getahun Haile | agro-forestry | Best Researcher Award

Assist Prof Dr  Getahun Haile |  agro-forestry | Best Researcher Award

Dilla University, Ethiopia

Getahun Haile Atlabachew is an Ethiopian academic and researcher specializing in Plant Biology and Biodiversity Management. Born on May 10, 1975, in Ethiopia, he has made significant contributions to the field of natural resources management, particularly in agro-forestry and sustainable agriculture.


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Academic Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Plant Biology and Biodiversity Management (2017) from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. His doctoral thesis focused on “Plant Diversity, Soil Quality, and Crop Productivity in Smallholder Agricultural Landscapes, Central Ethiopia.” He published three articles from his Ph.D. dissertation in peer-reviewed journals.
  • MSc in Tropical Land Resources Management (2007) from Mekele University, Ethiopia, with a thesis on the effects of cutting size and season of planting on the vegetative propagation of Boswellia papyrifera.
  • BSc in General Forestry (2001) from Debebu University, Wedo Genet College of Forestry, Ethiopia.

Work Experience:

  • Instructor at Shire Endesilasie TVET College, Tigray, Ethiopia (2001-2007).
  • Lecturer at Dilla University, Ethiopia (2007-2012).
  • Ph.D. candidate at Addis Ababa University (2012-2017).
  • Assistant Professor at Dilla University since 2017, actively involved in teaching and supervising graduate students in agro-forestry and natural resources management.

👩‍🔬 Research Focus:

Dr. Getahun Haile Atlabachew’s research focus revolves around the sustainable management of agricultural landscapes, soil properties, and biodiversity in Ethiopia. 🌱 His work encompasses the impact of land-use changes on soil fertility, carbon, and nitrogen stocks, as well as the effects of indigenous knowledge systems on tree conservation and acidic soil amendments. 🌍 Dr. Haile explores the role of indigenous sacred forests as tools for climate change mitigation and investigates morphometric analysis for prioritizing sub-watersheds and water management practices. His diverse contributions to agroforestry, soil science, and environmental conservation highlight his dedication to sustainable agricultural practices. 🍃

Publications Top Notes:
  1. “Soil Property and Crop Yield Responses to Variation in Land Use and Topographic Position: Case Study from Southern Highland of Ethiopia”
    • Journal: Heliyon (2024)
    • Contributor: Getahun Haile
  2. “Soil Properties, Crop Yield, and Economic Return in Response to Lime Application on Acidic Nitisols of Southern Highlands of Ethiopia”
    • Journal: International Journal of Agronomy (2023)
    • Contributor: Getahun Haile
  3. “Comparative Study on the Effects of Acacia albida on Yield and Yield Components of Different Cereal Crops in Southern Ethiopia”
    • Journal: Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica, Section B — Soil & Plant Science (2021)
    • Contributor: Getahun Haile
  4. “Plant Diversity and Determinant Factors Across Smallholder Agricultural Management Units in Central Ethiopia”
    • Journal: Agroforestry System (2016)
    • Contributor: Getahun Haile
  5. “Time of Collection and Cutting Sizes Affect Vegetative Propagation of Boswellia papyrifera (Del.) Hochst through Leafless Branch Cuttings”
    • Journal: Journal of Arid Environment (2011)
    • Contributor: Getahun Haile