Diallo Chaika

When I was at primary schoolmy dream was to become a medical doctor or an agricultural engineerbecause I always considered these professions as the most important occupation in the world. At that time medical doctors had high admirationrespect and many financial advantages.
On the other handthe agronomist works hard but get little money. My interest in agriculture started after we had conducted some hands-on at school and the visits to my family in the village where everybody was involved in crop farming instead of sticking to our culture which is cattle rearing.When I got my Baccalaureate (GCEA-levels) the choice was less difficultfinally I decided to read biology with the aim of getting admission to our national school of agricultural engineering i.e (Institut Polytechnique Rural de Katibougou (IPRIFRA de Katibougou) after two yearsthat is the stage I consider as a major turning point in my life. I did my research in the sorghum breeding programme of the national agricultural research institute i.e Institut d Economie Rural (IER) where later I got my first job. About five years later I got my master in Plant improvement at university of Bamako with IFAD project scholarship (PROMISO) where I occupied the young breeder position.During my stay at IERI participated in the creation of hybrids and improvement of varieties. I took part in emasculationcrossings on and off-station trial supervision and data analysis. At IERI also worked in collaboration with ICRISAT Mali and I was involved in on-farm activities under PPB across. I had the privilege to participate in trial preparationdata analysis and paper draft writing for the purpose of scientific publications especially at ICRISAT I participated in the development of BCNAM population under the generation challenge project.I have been a teacher and researcher since 2011 at the Department of Agricultural Sciences from where I obtained a scholarship through WACCI-AGRA to pursue my doctoral studies at the University of Ghana. I thank AGRA and WACCI for this opportunity given to young scientists for training on methods of crop improvement in order to meet the great challenges of improving the efficiency and quality of crops to the delight of producers. The achievement of this objective requires listening and involving producers and consumers who are the beneficiaries of our research results.