Koffié Kouakou serves as the Cocoa Swollen Shoot Virus (CSSV) Coordinator for the CSSV Program in West Africa. He is in charge of organizing CSSV activities in collaboration with national research and academic institutions. He is based in WCF’s Abidjan office.
Before joining WCF, Koffie Kouakou worked at the National Centre for Agricultural research (CNRA) in Côte d’Ivoire as a plant virologist, and later on as a lecturer at the University of Daloa. He has ten years of experience dealing with CSSV with significant experience on-farm and laboratory. He was involved in collaborative projects in Côte d’Ivoire including the national 2QC program and the V4C project of Mars.
Koffie Kouakou received a PhD in Plant virology from the University Félix Houphouet-Boigny in Côte d’Ivoire in collaboration with CNRA and CIRAD. Koffie has also completed a training on CSSV detection at the University of Reading in 2012 and he is a former Borlaug fellow in collaboration with the University of Arizona and USDA-ARS at Miami.