Dr. Diakalia Sanogo is a Senior Program Officer for the Think Tank Initiative based at IDRC’s Regional Office for West and Central Africa (Dakar). He obtained a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University in the USA in 2001. Diakalia returns to IDRC after spending two years (May 2006 – July 2008) in the position of Impact Economist at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, Nigeria. From September 2004 to March 2006, he served as Program Officer of the Secretariat for Institutional Support for Economic Research in Africa (SISERA) in Dakar. He has extensive experience in designing, implementing and evaluating agricultural research and development projects on a regional scale in Central and West Africa. He has a strong interest for research and development activities related to agricultural development, agricultural products market innovations and the development of competitive agro-industries, poverty analysis and microfinance.