Country Advisory Groups

Sentinel’s Country Advisory Groups (CAGs) in our three African focal countries, Ethiopia, Ghana and Zambia, include members representing a range of national stakeholders within each country – e.g. from key line ministries, civil society organisations, the private sector, and academia / higher education. The CAGs play an advisory and monitoring role at country-specific level, and also feed into project-level strategy via their chairs who sit on the External Advisory Group (EAG).

Similar to the EAG, the CAGs also play an advisory and monitoring role but at country-specific level, providing strategic advice, critical and constructive feedback at key points throughout the project, and providing links and outreach with key national and regional processes that will contribute to achieving Sentinel’s goals.


Photo of Seyoum, member of the EAG and Chair of Ethiopia CAG

Yigremachew Seyoum Lemma

Dr Seyoum is the Chair for the Country Advisory Group in Ethiopia. Formerly the Ethiopia National Project Coordinator for the Action Against Desertification initiative at the FAO, Dr Seyoum is now Senior Forestry Expert in the Forest Sector Transformation Unit for Ethiopia’s Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. Dr Seyoum is also a member of the SNAPP Working Group on agriculture, food production and forest conservation/management in sub-Saharan Africa.

Photo of Dr Karbo, member of the EAG and Chair of Ghana CAG

Naaminong Karbo

Dr Karbo is the Chair for the Country Advisory Group in Ghana. He convenes the Ghana National Learning Alliance formed under the DFID-funded SAIRLA programme (Sustainable Agricultural Intensification Research and Learning in Africa), and is former Director of the CSIR-Animal Research Institute of Ghana. He is a Friend of Prolinnova International (Promoting Local Innovation in ecologically-oriented agriculture and natural resource management). Dr Karbo has over 20 years’ experience in agricultural research and development, and has been involved in research partnership programming with both local and international research centres under the CGIAR system, as well as the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) West Africa programme in Ghana.

Photo of Prof Lungu, member of the EAG and Chair of Zambian CAG

Obed Lungu

Professor Lungu is the Chair for the Country Advisory Group in Zambia, and Professor of Soil Chemistry & Fertility in the Department of Soil Science, University of Zambia. He has research expertise in topics including sustainable agriculture, soil fertility, and climate change and agriculture, and has over 40 years’ experience in academia in the Zambian university system. For many years he participated in regional and international research and development programmes such as the Southern African Development Countries (SADC) Land and Water Management Applied Research Programme, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) programmes on land management, forging partnerships and collaboration with local institutions in eastern and southern Africa. He brings to the EAG skills in scoping and priority-setting of development projects in agriculture.