Emmanuel Okogbenin holds a PhD in Plant breeding and Molecular Genetics. He has broad practical experience in cassava improvement research. His research goals are driven by the need to expand food production, and to alleviate poverty through enhanced income for farmers through modern breeding techniques. In his expansive career in cassava research, he has worked at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture and the National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI) in Nigeria. His research background cuts across different fields, covering plant breeding; genomics and markers; marker-assisted selection (MAS); germplasm development and genetic diversity; agronomy; and stress physiology. Through GCP-funded activities, he has efficiently used MAS for cassava mosaic disease resistance in deploying novel germplasm from the Neotropics to Africa, and is currently developing marker-assisted recurrent selection-bred varieties for improved productivity in drought ecologies. Emmanuel is involved in collaborative research partnership activities complementary to the GCP mission. He is the project manager for several cassava research projects funded by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa and NRCRI. He currently heads of NRCRI’s Molecular Breeding Unit of and coordinates a network of cassava breeders in four countries in Africa. He has key publications on QTL mapping and MAS studies in peer-reviewed international journals.