Maria Isabel Andrade received a BSc (Agronomy) in 1984 and a M.Sc. (Plant Genetics) in 1985 from the University of Arizona. She also obtained a Ph.D. (Plant Breeding and Plant Physiology) from North Carolina State University in 1994. Having worked on root crops since 1985 and done her PhD on sweetpotato in NCSU, and knowing that their benefits would be substantial if diets are supplemented, Maria has always had a deep interest in bio-fortified crops. She has 30 years of working experience in Africa, and her research interests include technology transfer, breeding seed systems and the amelioration of value chains for income generation. She has spent the last 21 years working in Mozambique.
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