It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Dr. Mamourou Diourté who until his death on March 8, 2020, was the national coordinator for HOPE II project in Mali, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Mamourou who died at the age of 65 after a long illness, held this position since 2016. He was one of the renowned executives of the Institut d’Economie Rurale (IER), which he joined in 1982 as an agricultural engineer and quickly rose through the professional and academic ranks. In 1987, he obtained a master’s degree in Science from the University of Texas A&M and a PhD in Plant Phytopathology in 1997 from the University of Kansas in USA.
Dr. Diourté was also the head of the IER Sorghum Program from October 2007 to 2015, and national and sub-regional coordinator of the USAID-funded INTSORMIL (Sorghum/Millet Collaborative Research Support Program) project since September 2007. It is only in 2005 that he left his cap as National Coordinator of the West and Central African Sorghum Research Network (ROCARS), which he had occupied since April 1998. He taught courses in Phytopathology at IPR/IFRA in Katibougou for several years. Dr. Diourté has also made several communications in international conferences and is an author of several scientific publications in reference: journals and research reports. Dr Diourté participated in the elaboration of the National Synthesis on different methods of desert locust control in Mali (the document is available at PALUCP). He was married and had three children.
Rest in peace dear colleague.