Prof. Dr. Dyno Keatinge is the main engine of TADAS. He is an honorary Fellow of the International Society of Horticultural Science and holds a Doctorate in Agriculture from Queen’s University, Belfast. He is currently Visiting Professor of Tropical Agriculture at The University of Reading, UK. He has global expertise in agricultural research, particularly in crop agronomy and has worked at a range of international agricultural research centers in senior management capacities. These include ICARDA (Syria), IITA (Nigeria) and ICRISAT (India) and he was most recently the Director General of AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center based in Taiwan. He was also Chair of the Association of International Research and Development Centers for Agriculture (AIRCA) in 2015 and is a past longstanding Chair of the Global Horticultural Initiative.
His driving concern is to help in the rapid attainment of the indicators of Sustainable Development particularly that of Goal 2, thus encouraging people to consume a fully sufficient and appropriately balanced diet. Abolishing hunger, malnutrition and poverty are his principal goals. This implies not only overcoming vitamin and mineral deficiency problems globally but also countering imbalanced nutrition from excess carbohydrate and fat consumption which are presently causing a global epidemic of obesity leading to serious human diseases such as type II diabetes and metabolic syndrome in both developed and developing countries.
TADAS thus seeks to act in an advisory capacity offering practical and affordable agricultural improvements to all institutions facing the complex task of bringing about sustainable and effective nutrition and development in the Tropics. Thus, to ensure prosperity, good nourishment and health for all.