Assa Kante

Assa Kante is among the early generations of female graduates from the Polytechnic Rural Institute of Katibougou, Koulikoro, Mali, where she earned a B.S. in Agriculture in 1981. She earned three degrees in USA: A M.S. in Food Science and Technology from Texas A & M University in 1987, a M.S. in Agricultural Education from Montana State University in 2007, and a PhD in Agricultural Education from Oklahoma State University in 2010. She also holds a «Diplôme d’Etudes Supérieures Spécialisées, en Ingénierie et Gestion des Systèmes de Formation», a specialized degree in «Training Engineering» from the “Centre Africain d’Etudes Spécialisées en Gestion [CESAG], Dakar, Sénégal.

In terms of professional experience, she has been coordinating the SAFE program for Mali and Burkina Faso since 2010. Between 2000 and 2009, she conducted six surveys in Mali for the “Women Research Institute at Brigham Young University” in studying the primary school teaching methods applied in the Malian educational system. Between 2005 and 2007, she developed two training programs on quality management of shea butter and cooperative business principles and practices. She mentored U.S. undergraduate students from Montana State University and Chief Dull Knife Tribal College in an exchange program in 2006. She was involved in the development of food processing training modules for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in helping women entrepreneurs in Mali. Between 2000 and 2005 she was the “Training Manager” at “Institut d’Economie Rurale (IER), Mali. Between 1997 and 1998, she worked for Winrock International as “Winrock International Programs Coordinator” and as “Training and Extension Unit Coordinator” in a joint project with Chemonics International on entrepreneurship development funded by USAID. In Mali, between 1982 and 1994, she was a researcher at Institut d’Economie Rurale (IER) and Food Sciences Technology Lecturer at Polytechnic Rural Institute of Katibougou, Koulikoro.

She has been an active member of two female networks for the past 20 years: Association of Women Engineers in Mali (AFIMA) and African Women Leaders in Agriculture and Environment (AWLAE-MALI).