Ireti Balogun

Ireti Balogun PhD


Ireti is an ambitious individual who aspires to contribute to the greater good. Her passion for leading change in food production led her to study agriculture and food security at university. Originally from Nigeria, and having spent some time in the UK, Ireti initially joined AbacusBio in 2018 as an intern.

In 2019, Ireti jumped at the opportunity to start a PhD at the University of Otago, in partnership with Cornell University’s NextGen Cassava Breeding Programme, which is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and UK aid. Her PhD looks at farmer-driven methods for genetic improvement of food crops, while also improving smallholder farmers’ household food and nutrition security.