He is an astute crop health expert with specialization in Plant Nematology and Genomics. Dr. Eche has a vast experience in laboratory and field research and has being involved in collaborative research, engaging with farmers and clienteles through extension activities. He served as the Project Focal Person (PFP) over a period of four years for FUAM in the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) project dubbed “Increasing Groundnut Productivity in Mali, Ghana and Nigeria” (2015 to 2018) and as the field/biometrician on the “Cassava Weed Management in Nigeria” funded by the Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation between 2014 and 2016. He also consults for the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Fadama III Project and USAIFA Farms, Abuja among other private farms in north-central Nigeria.
Over the years He has been involved in the optimization of protocols for determination of aflatoxin contamination in groundnut, ginger and sesame. He is well-travelled and exposed to latest technologies for optimization of field-based and screenhouse production systems as well laboratory analytical procedures.
Dr. Eche is an alumnus of a number of institutions including Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; Ghent University, Belgium; Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta; Ohio State University, Columbus, USA, Shenyang Agricultural University, China and Wageningen University, Netherlands. He is a Mandela Washington Fellow (MWF) with expertise in (i) Agro-allied Research and Teaching (ii) Analytics in Applied Bioscience and Genetics (iii) Supply and Value Chain Analysis, (iv) Systems Dynamics: Modeling and Simulation, (v) Project Management and Evaluation and (vi) Data Management and Processing.