Dr. Hared A. Nur

Dr. Hared was a professor of microbiology, plant pathology, diseases of tropical crops and their management, and agricultural entomology at 3 of the most prestigious universities in Somaliland – Amoud, Hargeisa, and Gollis-as well as formerly at Benadir University in Mogadishu. Dr. Hared is one of the most respected agricultural professionals in Somalia and has, as a result, been featured on a number of television programs. He is frequently sought after to provide technical expertise on matters relating to improving agricultural innovation in the Somali-populated peninsula of the Horn of Africa.

Dr. Hared has a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Somalia National University, Masters in Plant Pathology from Sudan, and obtained his Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from India. His specialty research focus has been the management of Aflatoxin contamination in groundnut and screening of genotypes for disease resistance. Dr. Hared also has minor specialization in genetic engineering and plant tissue culture.

Dr. Hared has been involved in a number of agricultural-oriented research, training, and capacity building projects all over Somalia. He has in various capacities worked closely with and supported the work of some of the most high-profile development efforts in the Somali regions. For example, Dr. Hared worked with Development Alternatives Inc. as a consultant on pesticide evaluation and safe use action plans in South-central Somalia.

Similarly, Dr. Hared has worked with Somali Agricultural Technical Group (SATG) as the manager of a USAID-funded project that combined research, capacity-building, and farmer extension services on good vegetable production practices and disease and pest management options in remote communities in the Awdal Region.

Dr. Hared has also been involved in a number of monitoring and evaluation projects which were designed and carried out to track the progress, successes, and setbacks of a range of development projects implemented in Somaliland, Puntland, and South-central Somalia. These included the DFID-funded, FAO-implemented SEED II Program and GIZ in which he was hired to independently consultant to evaluate the relevance, effectiveness, and overall success of the program’s various components and activities.