International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) (1983)
It was my first job in Africa. I got to work at the ONNE research station in River State (see map below). I really enjoyed it and I discovered a whole new way of life. The evaluation of rice cultivars was a demanding job. All the IRRI descriptor list was observed. The trial report was presented as a Master Thesis.
The company was the consultant for large oil palm plantations financed by the World Bank and the African Development Bank.
I worked in two of their plantations in Nigeria : Risonpalm (River State) and Adapalm (Imo State).
The large industrial plantations were a good school for planning, logistics, use of heavy duty machinery and financial management.
I was tasked to train a batch of extension agents and to implement a set of indicators to follow up costs and productivity.
The operations were very diverse as some parts of the plantations were at deforestation, replanting, immature and full exploitation stage.