Dr Souleymane Nacro

Position:Coordinator Region IV: West/Central Africa 

Institute of Environment and Agricultural Research (INERA) of Burkina Faso, West Africa





Senior entomologist at the Institute of Environment and Agricultural Research (INERA) of Burkina Faso. He earned a PhD in biological sciences in 1994 from the University of Rennes I in France and received several post-graduate trainings at IITA in 1986, IRRI in 1988 (IPM), Cornell University in 2000-2001 and Michigan State University in 2003 (Agroecology). 

Dr. Nacro has authored or co-authored over 100 publications including peer-reviewed scientific articles published in national, regional or international journals, books and book chapters and extension materials. He works on the biology and the ecology of insect pests of cereals, particularly rice, and investigates IPM strategies. Dr. Nacro has supervised the research work of dozens of PhD., MSc. and BSc. students.  

 Dr. Nacro has dedicated an important part of his career to the transfer of research results to farmers. In this regard, he was instrumentalized by FAO from 1995 to 2009 to popularize the participatory training in IPM through Farmers’ Field Schools (FFS) in Francophone West Africa. These trainings included several agricultural commodities including rice, vegetables, cotton-based cropping systems, organic mango and cassava. 

From 2001 to 2009, Dr. Nacro was the National Technical Coordinator of the Integrated Production and Pest Management Program for Burkina Faso. From 2009 to 2013 Dr. Nacro was the Executive Director of both “Fasobiocarburant SARL” and “Fondation Fasobiocarburant”, two institutions dedicated to the promotion of biofuels. This initiative resulted in the implementation of a production unit for biopesticides and biofertilizers that directly or indirectly employs hundreds of women and youth in rural areas.

In addition to IAPPS, Dr. Nacro is a member of the Entomological Society of Burkina, the Association of African Insect Scientists, and the Entomological Society of America.