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work at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, Nigeria, as a grain legume agronomist. IITA was established by the Rockefeller and Ford Foundations to solve food problems in Africa through research and development of improved technologies for major food crops, such as cassava, yam, maize and cowpea. In undertaking agronomic research on grain legumes and later on farming system, I applied the integrated approach taught by Prof McClymont. Thus, with my colleagues in IITA, I formulated a package of crop production technology based on our knowledge and technology in plant breeding, pathology, entomology, physiology and biochemistry. These were trialled in many different African countries. The working conditions in Nigeria became worse even though the country produces a lot of oil. After 6 years, I decided to look for another job in Asia. Luckily, while travelling in Manila to visit my wife’s parents, I applied for a job as an agronomist in the Asian Development Bank (ADB). To my surprise, my application was quickly accepted and I began work as a Senior Agronomist in 1978. My main responsibility was to appraise investment projects in agriculture to determine whether the projects were technically viable and suitable for ADB financing and, once again, I could put McClymont’s integrated approach into practice. After my retirement 23 years later, I decided to work as a consultant so that I can continue to use my knowledge and experience in ADB to assist the various governments in Asia implementing agriculture projects financed by different donors. Looking back, I realize that my dream to become an engineer was diverted to becoming a research agronomist and finally a development agronomist. In all the years that I worked in Africa and Asia, I always remembered the teaching of Prof Bill McClymont on the need to look at a problem in an integrated manner. My study of Rural Science at UNE provided an excellent foundation on how to tackle agricultural problems in developing countries. I must thank my Government and the Australian Government for giving me the opportunity to study Rural Science at the University of New England. Dimyati Nangju

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