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Tinzaara, William

Scientist, Integrated Pests and Disease Management Specialist

William Tinzaara is an entomologist specializing in pest and disease management.
He is currently a scientist coordinating research for the sustainable management of banana pests and diseases in Eastern and Central Africa.  His role involves planning, coordinating and supervising national and regional projects. In addition, he supports the regional National Agricultural Research Systems in capacity-building within the banana value chain. William also processes technical outputs into manuscripts for publication in peer reviewed journals and book chapters. He conducts regional training courses to scientists and other banana stakeholders; and supervises Ph.D and M.Sc students, research assistants and field staff.

Prior to joining Bioversity International, William worked as a Research Assistant with the National Agricultural Research Organization and as a Research Fellow/ Consultant with International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). While working with these two organizations, he carried out project initiation, proposal writing, project implementation, supervision of junior staff and report/paper preparation, in addition to working extensively with different banana stakeholders. 

He also worked at Kyambogo University as a lecturer, teaching biostatistics and research methods, applied entomology and parasitiology, and supervised several research projects for MSc and undergraduate students.



  • PhD (Entomology), Wageningen University and Research Centre
  • Master of Science, Makerere University
  • Post graduate diploma in education, Makerere University
  • B.SC (Biological sciences-entomology), Makerere University


Tinzaara, W., Karamura, E.B., Kubiriba, J., Ochola, D., Ocimati, W., Blomme, G. and Ssekiwoko, F. 2016. The banana Xanthomonas wilt epidemic in east and central Africa: current research and development efforts. Acta Hortic. 1114, 267-274 DOI:10.17660/ActaHortic.2016.1114.36,

Tinzaara W., Emudong, Nankinga C., Tushemereirwe W., Kagezi G., Gold C. S., Dicke M., Van Huis A. and Karamura E. 2015. Enhancing dissemination of Beauveria bassiana with host plant base incision trap for the management of the banana weevil Cosmopolites sordidus.  African Journal of Agricultural Research, 10(41), pp. 3878-3884,