Sylvie Desilles

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Reaching farmers through collaboration and innovation. 

Sylvie is driven by finding new and innovative ways to reach farmers and provide them with technical knowledge that can help them improve their productivity and, ultimately, their income.  In her position as Knowledge Manager, she works directly with both farmers and EWS-KT teams in multiple countries across Asia and Africa.

“This is not a desk job as it needs direct interaction with the farmers and the technical field staff. It is not one person success but a group with a range of skills and competencies that complement each other,” she says.

She finds her position at EWS-KT highly fulfilling because she is able to help smallholder farmers, who she says are crucial in maintaining the environment and biodiversity. 

“Replacing small scale farmers with very large farms is not the solution to provide food for the world’s population. Farmers are an integral part of a local economies that, if developed correctly, can provide viable careers to young people and reduce the need for migration to urban areas,” she says.

Sylvie has worked outside of her native country of France since the end of her studies. She started as a Technical Field Officer volunteer in Mali, then working in different NGOs in Bangladesh. 

While raising her family, she took a break from working in agriculture and became an art teacher at a Reggio Emilia school. During this time, she kept learning through distance education before rejoining the agricultural sector as an extension materials consultant with EWS-KT Myanmar before making the move to Knowledge Manager at a Group level. 

Bio

Team :

Current position : Knowledge Manager

Works for East-West Seed since : 2015

Based in : Nonthaburi, Global

Education

Ecole Supérieure d’Agriculture de Purpan, Toulouse, France
Engineer in Agriculture (master degree)

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