Emmanuel Tambi, is Director of Networking Support Function 1/3 (NSF 1/3). Prior to joining Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), he was the Acting Head of Rural Economy Division at the African Union Commission (AUC) in Addis Ababa, from 2006 to 2008. Before that, he worked for the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (IBAR) in Nairobi as a Senior Economist and Head of the Economics Unit. He also worked for the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Nairobi, as an Economist from 1996 to 2000. Dr Tambi has also worked at the national level with the Cameroon Ministry of Scientific and Technical Research as a Senior Research Officer and the Deputy Chief of Centre, Institute of Agricultural Research for Development (IRAD). He coordinates the African Biotechnology and Biosafety Policy Platform (ABBPP) as well as a project on capacity strengthening called Safe Management of Biotechnology in sub-Saharan Africa (SABIMA). Dr Tambi obtained a PhD in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1984, an MSc in Agricultural Economics from the University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, in 1982, and a BA in Economics from Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, in 1979. He has written extensively on agricultural development and trade issues, including policy and institutional analyses.