Thierry Lescot

Researcher - Agronomy 'Bananas'
CIRAD (from 1979)

Core competencies:

Agronomy and cropping systems on bananas (plantains and dessert), varietal diversity, propagation systems and quality planting material, agroecology, family farming and intensive crop management, diagnosis and pests and diseases management, quality of fresh and processed products, development, agricultural economics, projects management on research and development, animation, training.

Current position (from 2000): CIRAD headquarter (Montpellier France) - banana and plantain research team.
Experiences (South Country): research and development projects : 10 years in Africa (Senegal, Somalia, Cameroon) and 10 years in Latin America - Caribbean (Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic).

Other skills:

Tropical perennial and annual crops, Banana taxonomy, identification, inventory of plant species, decision support, modeling, project evaluation, Innovation (in production systems, processing and marketing ), agricultural markets, producers' organization, collective actions, services to agriculture (extension), Organic Agriculture, Nutrition, Geographical identification of products, standards, labels, brands, Food Security, plant Biodiversity, Sustainability, environmental risks and assessments (LCA methods), biomass production, knowledge and control of plant diseases (IPM), Observatories (production and markets, national and international).

Country expertise: Expert International (whose animation research and development) on banana and plantain - Scientific and technical advice on the production of bananas and plantains, in: Benin, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Rep. Congo, Colombia, Comoros, Costa Rica, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Gabon, Ghana, Guadeloupe, Gambia, French Guyana, Honduras, Haiti, Kenya, Liberia, Saint Lucia, Madagascar, Mexico, Martinique, Mayotte, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Reunion, Senegal, El Salvador, Somalia, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Venezuela.

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E-mail: thierry.lescot(at)