Delwendé Innocent Kiba obtained his Ph.D. in Soil Science from the Polytechnic University of Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, in 2012. Thereafter, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Group of Plant Nutrition at ETH Zurich in Switzerland. Since 2013, he has worked as a soil scientist at the national agricultural research institute of Burkina Faso (INERA). Since 2014, he has served as the coordinator of a project on sustainable soil use in yam systems in West Africa (YAMSYS project). DI Kiba is interested in participatory research on soil fertility management in smallholder farming systems. He has served as the president of the soil science society of Burkina Faso since 2017 and has been a member of the Global Land Programme community since 2020. His work has been recognized and awarded on numerous occasions: the scientific prize for Belgium Development Cooperation in 2007; the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship in 2007; three scientific prizes at the Forum of Science Innovation and Technology (FRSIT) in Burkina; finalist at the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) scientific competition in 2010; and co-recipient of the CSRS-Fond Eremitage award in 2019 for his active participation in partnership research. DI Kiba speaks French and English and has a basic knowledge of German.