Cyrus Ndiritu, died on Sunday 7th March 2010. Over the last twenty years he has been involved in applied research that aspired to promote rural development through agricultural innovations and the enhancement of agri-business in Africa. He was the the Executive Director of the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) for twelve years from 1989 to 2000.
He helped to found in 1994, the Association for Strengthening Research in East and Central Africa (ASARECA) and played a key role in founding the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA). After retiring from active management of public research in 2000, he continued the engagement with agricultural research. He was the Director-General of ISNAR in 2003. Dr. Ndiritu obtained his Bachelor’s degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Nairobi, a Master of Science degree in pathology from the University of California-Davis, and a Ph.D. from the University of Nairobi.
We in the international community are aware of the great contributions he made to advancing the cause of African agricultural research and advisory services. He served as a scientist, a manager and a director of several important institutions and on many reviews and boards because he was recognised as an accomplished scientists with a great depth of experience and sound judgement. These are attributes that are in short supply and for which he will be missed by the colleagues with whom he served. More importantly, we have all lost a friend whose cheerful can-do attitude to life was a constant source of inspiration.
Dr. Monty Jones, Executive Director FARA