Dear family, friends and loved ones of Roger Kirkby,

At this time of deep sadness, the Crops for Nutrition and Health team wants to express their sincere condolences on the loss of Roger. The news of his passing has left a void in the scientific world and the bean community, where his legacy will live forever. Roger Kirkby was Director for CIAT Africa and an outstanding scientist. In partnership with NARS, sub-regional organizations and funders, he greatly contributed to the establishment and growth of the Pan-African Bean Research Alliance. His work and dedication have left an indelible mark on the bean research and development. His contributions to the bean research have been of great importance for advancing sustainable agriculture, food and nutrition security for millions of small holders in Africa.

In addition to his professional accomplishments, Roger will be remembered as a kind person, passionate about his work, and committed to the welfare of the scientific community. His ability to inspire others, mentoring young scientists and his generosity in sharing knowledge were admirable qualities that will always be remembered. His contribution to science and his passion for bean research will continue to be a source of inspiration for future generations.

In this time of grief, we send you strength and support. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. May you find comfort and peace in the happy memories you shared with Roger and his positive impact on the scientific world.

With our deepest sympathy and solidarity,
Alliance Bioversity & CIAT