Bioversity International established the Abdou-Salam Ouédraogo Fellowship for research on conservation and use of forest genetic resources in sub-Saharan Africa to honour the memory and celebrate the work of Dr Abdou-Salam Ouédraogo. The Fellowship is awarded annually to a scientist from a university or national research institute in sub-Saharan Africa, with support from the CGIAR Research Program for Forests, Trees and Agroforestry.
An outstanding forest genetics specialist, Dr Ouédraogo, led Bioversity International's forest programme from 1993-1999. He then became the Regional Director for sub-Saharan Africa, leading Bioversity International’s activities in this region until his untimely death in a plane crash in January 2000.
Dr Ouédraogo was the founding Director of the Forest Tree Seed Centre in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and served on a range of international forestry committees. He left an indelible mark on Bioversity International and the world forestry community as a whole. His vision to bring young African scientists into the international research environment is embraced by the Abdou-Salam Ouédraogo Fellowship.
The call for 2014 Abdou-Salam Ouédraogo Fellowship is now closed.
Last year, the fellowship was awarded to Guibien Cléophas Zerbo from the National Forest Seed Centre in Burkina Faso, the same one that Dr Abdou-Salam Ouédraogo founded in 1984 and directed for several years.