Boubacar Barry has 30 years of working experience as a scientist in hydrology and soil and water conservation engineering. He has extensive experience in planning, implementing and supervising research projects as well as development projects in West Africa. His research interests are soil and water engineering related to basin hydrology, water quality, drainage, irrigation and erosion control. Research application is supported by his expertise in GIS, numerical and stochastic modeling and expert systems. Boubacar Barry started his professional carrier as a researcher at the Senegalese Agricultural Research Institute (ISRA).
From 1982 to 1997 he was coordinator of the research programme on integrated watershed management in the Lower Casamance region. From 1997 to 2000, he worked as a scientific advisor of the Senegalese Farmers’ Association and helped implement and coordinate the FAO Special Food Security Programme. From 2000 to February 2003, Dr. Barry worked as an international consultant for FAO, USAID, World Bank IWMI and other organizations on various programmes such as water resources development and intensifying rainfed agriculture in Sub Saharan Africa.
Dr. Barry joined IWMI on March 1st, 2003 as a Regional Researcher and moved on to International Senior Researcher. He has been involved in developing and implementing many research projects as well as managing the IWMI West Africa Office as Head of Office. Since June 2010, he has been seconded to WASCAL (West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use) as Core Research Program and Competence Centre Coordinator. He is author and co-author of several conference papers, reports and publications. He is member of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers and the West African Chapter of Agricultural Engineers.