Ireti Balogun Sq

Ireti Balogun PhD


Ireti is an applied plant and animal breeding consultant, supporting breeding program design and implementation. Her work on breeding program development includes quantifying plant and animal traits in economic terms and prioritizing traits to improve. 

Ireti is proud of her work applying new and advanced tools to assess cassava trait improvement preferences of farmers. In this project she collaborated with multidisciplinary teams of breeders, geneticists, food scientists, nutritionists, and social scientists, working across multiple geographic regions. 

Ireti is passionate about the future of food production and want to make an impact on ensuring sustainable agriculture and food security. Some of the projects she has enjoyed working on are those seeking to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in developing countries, who are responsible for a large proportion of global food production. 

Outside of work, Ireti enjoys traveling, reading, dancing, and spending time with her family. 

One of the scariest things she has ever done was bunjy jumping from 400 meters above Queenstown, New Zealand. Lately, she has been spending her evenings writing a novel inspired by her childhood in Nigeria.