Toure is Vice Chair, Senegalese National Academy of Science, chair of the board of Africa Harvest and member of AGRA's Soil Health TAC. He was educated at the Univ. of Orleans, Ecole Nationale Sup. Agron. de Rennes and Univ. of Rennes, France (PhD 1973). From 1989 to 2006, he was successively Exec. Secretary, SPAAR; Lead specialist, @ the World Bank; and Program Leader, @ the GEF. Prior to the World Bank he was: Advisor, Min. of Agriculture, Rabat, Morocco; soil scientist and director, Rice Research Ctr.; scientific director and DG of Inst. Senegalais de Recherches Agricoles; and Director of Agricultural Research, Min. of Sciences and Technology, Senegal. He is a former member of several boards of trustees related to the CGIAR system: AfricaRice, IPGRI, ICRAF, ICIPE, and IBSRAM. He is a founding member of the African Academy of Sciences and the Senegalese Natl. Academy of Science.