Celebrations at HeadquartersCali, Colombia. 8-9 November 2017
Throughout 2017, we have been celebrating CIAT’s 50th Anniversary and brought together our partners, donors, and people behind CIAT’s achievements, while reflecting on the future of food and agriculture.
Following regional celebrations in Hanoi, Vietnam on 3-4 April, Nairobi, Kenya on 29 May, and Managua, Nicaragua on 28 September, CIAT is pleased to announce the upcoming celebrations at its headquarters in Cali, Colombia on 8-9 November.
|8:00 – 9:00||Registration|
|9:00 – 9:30||Master of Ceremonies: María Fernanda Reyes, Governance Officer, CIAT
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Latin America and the Caribbean: a model for agricultural development and sustainable food systems?
Moderator: Juan Camilo Restrepo Salazar, Head of the Colombian Government Peace Negotiating Team with the ELN., Member of the CIAT Board of Trustees, ex Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Colombia
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|11:00 – 11:10||His Excellency Juan Manuel Santos Calderón, President of the Republic of Colombia|
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Presenter: Joe Tohme, Director, Agrobiodiversity Research Area, CIAT
|12:10 – 14:00||LUNCH|
|14:00 – 14:10||Welcome: Juergen Voegele, Senior Director, Agriculture Global Practice,
the World Bank Group, and Chair, CGIAR System Council
|14:10 – 16:30||
Building a sustainable food Future
Food systems affect and are affected by the social, economic, and environmental contexts in which they operate. Today, they face a massive array of challenges. About 795 million people currently lack enough food to lead healthy and active lives. By 2050, the world’s population is expected to reach 9.8 billion. To feed everyone, we must ensure access to 60 percent more food in ways that enhance the livelihoods of poor farmers and reduce agriculture’s impact on the environment, and we must do so at a time when land degradation and climate change are disrupting the very ecosystem services that are critical to sustainable agriculture. Here we discuss the critical roles of climate change research, private sector involvement, and food systems to build a sustainable food future.
|14:10 – 14:50||
Talk 1: The future of climate change research
Moderator: Walter Baethgen, Leader for Latin America and the Caribbean,
|14:50 – 15:40||
Talk 2: Aligning public and private interest to scale up and deliver impact
Moderator: Carl Pray, Distinguished Professor in the Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics Department, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.
|15:40 – 16:30||
Talk 3: How to achieve sustainable food systems
Moderator: Per Pinstrup-Andersen, Professor Emeritus, Cornell University
|16:30 – 16:40||Closing remarks, Ruben Echeverría, Director General, CIAT|
|16:40 – 18:30||OPEN LOUNGE|
|21:30||BUS BACK TO CALI|
|8:00 – 8:30||Registration|
|8:30 – 8:40||Master of Ceremonies: Javier Mateo-Vega, Director of Partnerships and Communications, CIAT|
|Welcome: Bernard Rey, Deputy Head of Unit, Food Security, Rural Development, Nutrition – Director General for International Cooperation and Development , European Commission|
|08:40 – 09:10||
Forever Pioneers. 50 Years Contributing to a Sustainable Food Future … And Counting
Book presentation and discussion, John Lynam, CIAT Emeritus
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Social Science at CIAT: building on the past, creating the future
With the following introductory statement – “The mission of CIAT is to accelerate agricultural and economic development and to increase agricultural production and productivity in order to improve the diets and welfare of the people of the world. In addition, CIAT is concerned with increases in buying power of urban residents in the sense that they may be able to purchase more and thus benefit from the increased food supplies.” Later, CIAT’s mission would focus increasingly on raising incomes for smallholder farmers, concentrating on 4 major crops and more recently CIAT has embraced a ‘Sustainable Food Systems’ paradigm. As the CGIAR has evolved into a more development focused organization social sciences become even more important than in the past. What was the original thinking at the beginning of social science at CIAT, and particularly agricultural economics?
Moderator: John Lynam, CIAT Emeritus
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What’s next for CIAT research
Moderator: Steven Prager, Senior Scientist, CIAT
10:30 – 10:40
|Introduction: Ruben Echeverría, Director General, CIAT|
10:40 – 11:20
Talk 1: Does gene editing mean we can cut and paste our way to sustainable agriculture?
Gene editing is the most exciting area in biology right now. Here we introduce ways it can help us tackle climate change and boost food production.
Speaker: Joe Tohme, Director, Agrobiodiversity Research Area, CIAT
11:20 – 12:00
Talk 2: Soon we’re all going to be eating data, one byte at a time
Data is the flux capacitor of agricultural research, accelerating us into a future of sustainable, resilient food production, where no-one is left behind.
Speaker: Andy Jarvis, Director, Decision and Policy Analysis Research Area, CIAT
12:00 – 13:30
13:30 – 15:30
Talks: What’s next for CIAT research (continued)
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Talk 3: Building sustainable food systems for the majority
Sustainable food systems encompass agricultural production systems, market linkages, wholesale and retail food distribution and provide the underpinning for key Sustainable Development Goals. What needs to happen to construct food systems that deliver inclusive, climate resilient, environmentally sustainable and healthy diets for all?
Presenter: Mark Lundy, Leader, Sustainable Food Systems, CIAT
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Talk 4: Investing in “green infrastructure” will bring more than
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Talk 5: Future Seeds
The Future Seeds initiative seeks to build a state-of-the-art genebank that not only ensures their long-term conservation but also encourages their use to enrich diets and to help climate-proof food supply in the tropics.
Presenter: Peter Wenzl, Leader, Genetic Resources, CIAT
|15:30 – 16:40||Closing remarks: Ruben Echeverría, Director General, CIAT|
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Field visit: Overview of CIAT’s most emblematic crops
|18:30||BUS BACK TO CALI|
María Fernanda Reyes
Governance Officer, CIAT
Ms. María Fernanda Reyes has a BA in Business and a Master’s degree in Commerce with a major in Finance and Economics from University of Sydney, Australia. Since 2011, as CIAT Governance Officer, Ms. Reyes has been working in close collaboration with the CIAT Board of Trustees, Director General, and Senior Management Team, while also engaging with national and international stakeholders. Prior to joining CIAT, she worked at Women’s World Banking, a microfinance institution focused on helping low-income women in developing countries.
Chair, CIAT Board of Trustees
Dr. Geoffrey Hawtin, a British/Canadian citizen, is the Senior Advisor and until August 2005 was the Executive Secretary of the Crop Trust. From January 2008 to April 2009, he was interim Director General (DG) of CIAT. From 1991 until 2003, he was DG of Bioversity International (formerly IPGRI). Dr. Hawtin obtained his first degree and PhD from Cambridge University, UK, and carried out his doctoral thesis research at Makerere University, Uganda. He worked for the Ford Foundation and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) as a plant breeder, based in Lebanon and Egypt, and was the first leader of the Food Legume Improvement Program of the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) in Syria. Dr. Hawtin has also served as Deputy DG of ICARDA and Director of the Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Sciences Division of IDRC based in Ottawa, Canada. Among other positions, he has acted as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, and as chair of the Board of Directors of the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE), Costa Rica. Moreover, he has authored/co-authored more than 80 scientific and technical publications.
Mauricio Cárdenas Santamaría
Minister of Finance, Colombia
Dr. Mauricio Cárdenas Santamaría holds an MSc in Economics from University of the Andes, Colombia, and a PhD in Economics from University of California-Berkeley, USA. Dr. Cárdenas is the current Minister of Finance and Public Credit and former Minister of Mines and Energy of Colombia, serving in the administration of President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón. Prior to this, he was a Director of the Latin America Initiative at the Brookings Institution. His background also includes executive positions in the private sector and in former governments as Minister of Economic Development, Minister of Transport, and Director of the National Planning Department.
Dilian Francisca Toro Torres
Governor, Valle del Cauca, Colombia
Dr. Toro is a surgeon graduated from the Free University in Cali, Colombia, with a specialization in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Healthcare Administration from the University of Valle, Colombia. She began her political career as a city councilwoman in Guacarí, municipality where she also served as mayoress (1992–1994). Her work earned her the national Best Mayor award. She also worked as Secretary of Health of the Department of Valle del Cauca and as Health Advisor to the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). In 2002, she was elected Senator of the Republic. In 2006, she was President of the Congress and was honored with the Order of the Congress of the Republic. While in the Congress in 2010, she was elected Chairperson of the Seventh Standing Committee for Constitutional Affairs and she also joined the economic committees to structure the national budget. A strong advocate of health and humanitarian issues and women’s rights, she is the author of various national laws, has participated as a panelist in international fora, and created the committee of female legislators to promote gender equality.
Juan Camilo Restrepo Salazar
Head of the Colombian Government Peace Negotiating Team with the E.L.N., Member of the CIAT Board of Trustees, ex Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Colombia
Juan Camilo Restrepo Salazar, a Colombian citizen, is ex Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Colombia. A lawyer of the Pontifical Xavierian University of Bogotá, he holds a PhD in Administrative Law from the University of Paris and studies in Economic Law at the London School of Economics, UK. Between 1973 and 1975, he served as Representative of the Colombian Coffee Growers Association before the International Coffee Organization in London; years later he would become the association’s Commercial Manager. He worked as Banking Superintendent and President of the National Values Commission. He later served as President of Paz del Río Steel Company. He has been Minister of Mines and Energy of Colombia, Senator of the Republic, and Minister of Finance and Public Credit of Colombia. On several occasions during the latter term, he was also responsible for presidential functions. Subsequently, he was designated as Ambassador of Colombia to France. Dr. Restrepo has had a dynamic role in the academia as well, being a professor in Fiscal Law and Public Finance at the University of the Andes, Externado University of Colombia, and Pontifical Xavierian University, and in Colombian Economics at the Sergio Arboleda University.
President and CEO, Wildlife Conservation Society and Member of the CIAT Board of trustees
Dr. Samper earned his MSc and PhD degrees in Biology from Harvard University, where afterwards he was awarded the Derek Bok Public Service Prize for excellence in teaching. In his early career, he was founder and first director of the Alexander von Humboldt Biological Resources Research Institute in Colombia. Dr. Samper was Chair of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, where he helped develop a global strategy for plant conservation and launch the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. Prior to his appointment as President and CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society, he had been deputy director and scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama and Director of the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History. He has also held positions in international commissions and scientific advisory panels, and as a member of various boards and councils of science and academic institutions, including the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Global Environment Facility, Harvard University, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and CIAT. He was distinguished with the National Medal of the Environment and the Order of San Carlos by the President of Colombia.
Deputy Director General and Regional Representative for Latin America and the Caribbean, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Born in Mexico, Dr. Julio A. Berdegué holds a PhD in Social Sciences from Wageningen University, the Netherlands, and an MSc in Agronomy from the University of California-Davis, USA. Before joining FAO in early 2017, he was a lead scientist and coordinator of the Working Group on Development with Territorial Coherence, at the Latin American Center for Rural Development (RIMISP), where he led research, government advisory, and capacity development programs focused on solving territorial inequality. Dr. Berdegué has worked in diverse aspects of rural development, including territorial development, rural and off-farm employment, changes in food markets and their effects on agri-food systems, and the role of small and medium cities in rural development. Furthermore, he has been an advisor to national and subnational governments in various Latin American countries, including Colombia, Chile, Guatemala, Mexico, and Peru. He has authored numerous books and dozens of articles in international scientific journals. Dr. Berdegué has also served as a board member of diverse international organizations, such as the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).
Director General, Grupo CEO, and Chair of the Committee on Agriculture of the Argentine Council of International Relations (CARI), Argentina
Martín Piñeiro received his PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of California, USA. Currently, he is Director of Grupo CEO, Chair of the Committee on Agriculture of the Argentine Council of International Relations (CARI), and Special Advisor to the Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). At the international level, he has been the Director General of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), Chair of the Board of Trustees of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Service for National Agricultural Research (ISNAR). He has carried out consulting activities with the World Bank, IDB, FAO, IFAD, Inter-American Foundation, CGIAR, and Ford Foundation. His work and publications focus on development, agricultural policy, economic integration, organization of research, and institutional development. He has published 10 books and more than 100 papers.
His Excellency Juan Manuel Santos Calderón
President of the Republic of Colombia
Director, Agrobiodiversity Research Area, CIAT
Dr. Joe Tohme holds a PhD in Crop Sciences from the Michigan State University, USA, and joined CIAT as a plant geneticist in 1989. Since 2006, he is the Research Director of the Agrobiodiversity research area, which includes the Genetic Resources Unit and the research programs on beans, cassava, tropical forages, and rice. He is responsible for ensuring the quality and scientific relevance of the research programs. In addition, Dr. Tohme coordinates the biotechnology activities of HarvestPlus, an international research initiative that seeks to reduce micronutrient malnutrition by harnessing the powers of agriculture and nutrition research. He has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for his contributions to the field of plant biotechnology, in particular for finding ways to reduce undernutrition caused by lack of micronutrients, using agriculture and genomics.
Ambassador of France in Colombia
Ambassador Gautier Mignot graduated in 1991 at the French business school ESSEC and subsequently attended the National School of Administration (ENA) in Paris. During his 20 years of service in the French Diplomacy, he has held diplomatic positions at the French Embassies in Mexico and Senegal, and as Deputy Director General of Global Affairs, Development and Partnerships at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development. He has a long record in European affairs, serving in particular as an Antici counsellor during the 2008 French Presidency. He was appointed Ambassador of France to Colombia in 2017.
Jairo Ortega Samboní
Mayor of Palmira, Colombia
Mayor Ortega Samboní is a lawyer from Santiago de Cali University, with specializations in Municipal Government from Pontifical Xavierian University, Administrative Law from the Free University, and Public Administration from the University of Valle. He has ample experience in managerial positions, with a comprehensive result-oriented focus on human resource management, social responsibility, and quality and process improvement. His career in the public sector started as Valuation Director at Palmira’s Mayor’s Office, and includes municipal positions as Palmira’s Procurator, Counselor to Pradera’s Mayor’s Office; and Provincial Attorney in Buga. At the regional level, he was Secretary of Tourism for the Governor’s Office of Valle del Cauca, Regional Head of the National Highway Traffic and Road Safety Division (INTRA), and Regional Director of the Ministry of Communications’ Social Security Fund (CAPRECOM). He has served the country as well as Congressman at the House of Representatives. His background in the private sector includes executive and counseling positions in nationwide transport companies. Moreover, he has been a professor of Administrative Law at Santiago de Cali University.
Juan Lucas Restrepo Ibiza
Executive Director, Corpoica
Juan Lucas Restrepo is a Colombian civil engineer with an MSc in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Colombian Corporation for Agricultural Research (CORPOICA). He has managerial experience in the public and private sectors in the agriculture and rural development domains, including dealing with a wide range of issues from policy design, business development, strategy, and planning to project design and implementation. He has served, among others, as Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Commercial Officer of the Colombian Coffee Growers Association, and one of the lead negotiators of the Colombia–US Trade Promotion Agreement. On the international arena, he served as Chair of the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) from 2013 to early 2017, was one of the negotiators of the undertaking leading to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, and has helped on a number of CGIAR standing committees addressing areas such as oversight and genetic resources. He currently represents Latin America and the Caribbean in the CGIAR System Council.
Senior Director, Agriculture Global Practice, the World Bank, and Chair, CGIAR System Council
Dr. Juergen Voegele holds an MSc in Agricultural Engineering and Crop Production, a PhD in Agricultural Economics, and a degree in Phytomedicine from the University of Hohenheim, Germany. At the World Bank, Dr. Voegele provides leadership on the bank’s activities across sustainable landscapes, oceanscapes, agriculture and environmental economic policy, risk management, and markets. He has played a key role in shaping the global agenda on agriculture and food systems, and is a strong advocate of climate-smart agriculture that boosts agricultural productivity, increases resilience to climate change, and lowers emissions. He advocates for science-led sustainable development of the agriculture and food sectors, and its key significance to meeting large-scale development challenges to combat hunger, poverty, and climate change. As Senior Director, he oversees global programs for rural poverty alleviation, and agriculture and natural resources management.
Director of the Regional and Sectorial Research Program and Leader for Latin America and the Caribbean, International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), Earth Institute, Columbia University
Dr. Walter E. Baethgen obtained his PhD and MSc degrees in Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Before joining the IRI, Dr. Baethgen was a Senior Scientist in the Research and Development Division of IFDC (International Soil Fertility and Agricultural Development Center) where he worked mainly in Information and Decision Support Systems for the Agricultural Sector (1987–2003). He has acted as a consultant for the IDB, the United Nations (UNDP, UNIDO, FAO, IAEA), the World Bank, and IICA. He has established regional programs aimed to improve climate risk assessment and risk management in agriculture, health, water resources, and natural ecosystems. He has acted as well as a consultant to governments and the private sector of several countries throughout Latin America. He was an author in IPCC’s 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Assessment Reports. He serves or has served as a member of scientific advisory committees of several international organizations, including the CGIAR Science Council, IAI, IGBP, and WMO. He was also reviewer of several international research programs (NOAA, NASA, NSF, IAI, and German, Norwegian and Austrian governments). He has over 200 publications to his credit.
Executive Director, CGIAR System Organization
Dr. Elwyn Grainger-Jones began his career as an Overseas Development Institute (ODI) fellow in Guyana in 1993, following his studies in Economics at the London School of Economics and the University of Warwick. After ODI, he joined the UK Department for International Development (DFID), where he held various positions and worked in Southeast Asia leading the trade policy team. During a three-year leave of absence, Dr. Grainger-Jones worked as the World Bank’s trade representative in Geneva, where he led a one-year World Bank study on export diversification in Botswana, and spent a year helping the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) develop its poverty impact assessments. He then returned to DFID to establish and lead its Climate and Environment department. In 2009, he joined the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) as Director responsible for the Environment and Climate Division before serving as Director of Policy and Operations at the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Dr. Grainger-Jones now serves as the CGIAR System Organization’s Executive Director in Montpellier, France.
Director, Environment and Climate Change Division, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
Margarita Astrálaga is a Colombian biologist, specialized in Environmental Management from the Danish Water Institute, with an MSc in Regional Planning and Development. In her early career, she worked at Colombia’s National Institute of Renewable Natural Resources and Environment (INDERENA) – an enviromental government agency. Before joining IFAD in Rome, she worked in Panama as Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Dr. Astrálaga has over 25 years‘ experience working with several international organizations in the environment and sustainable development sector, where she has undertaken a wide range of responsibilities at the national and international levels and from many different perspectives.
Ana María Loboguerrero
Latin America Regional Program Leader, CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security
Dr. Ana María Loboguerrero holds an MSc and a PhD in Economics from University of California (UCLA), USA, where later she worked as a lecturer of Economics and then in various Colombian universities. She has more than 7 years‘ experience working on climate change challenges and coping strategies to help strengthen the agriculture sector by developing partnerships, providing science-based information to policy- and decision-makers and tools and climate information to end-users through participatory and inclusive approaches. Her background includes positions in the public sector in Colombia and at the Inter-American Development Bank. As Coordinator of Climate Change at Colombia’s National Planning Department, she led the formulation of the Colombian Climate Change Policy, the National Adaptation Plan, the National Development Plan, and the research agenda on climate change as well as coordinated technical support for the Colombian Low-Carbon Growth Strategy. Dr. Loboguerrero has also served as an external expert panelist for evaluating FAO’s work in climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies.
Distinguished Professor in the Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics Department, the School for Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
Dr. Pray earned his PhD in Economic History from the University of Pennsylvania, USA. The focus of his research is agricultural science and technology policy in China, South Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Key issues of his research are how government research, science policy, intellectual property rights, regulations, and advances in basic sciences influence the development and adoption of new agricultural technology; and the economic and institutional impacts of new agricultural technology – especially on smallholder farmers in Asia and Africa. Dr. Pray is the President of the International Consortium on Applied Bioeconomy Research (ICABR). He is lead researcher in the USAID-funded project Feed the Future on the impact of food policy in countries of Africa and Asia. He recently completed a project on barriers to the spread of genetically engineered food crops in China, India, and East Africa. The results of his research are comprised in 80 journal articles, published in Science, Nature, the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Research Policy, among others, and in 45 book chapters. Funders of prior research include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, China Natural Science Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, the World Bank, and the US Department of Agriculture.
Vice President Research, DuPont Pioneer
Dr. Graham holds a PhD in Genetics and Plant breeding from North Carolina State University. In DuPont Pioneer, he leads the breeding efforts of crops including canola, corn, cotton, millet, rice, sorghum, soybean, sunflower, and wheat. He is a member of the Pioneer Research Leadership Team, ensuring that products are developed bearing in mind customers’ needs and in alignment with research and commercial organizations. As a member of the Plant Breeding Team, Dr. Graham and team seek to extend the One Corn principles – clear product targets, local accountability and decision making, and global leverage of new ideas and improved practices to all Pioneer breeding programs. In 2000, he joined Pioneer as a research scientist with main duties aimed at incorporating new technologies into breeding. He has held numerous roles with increasing responsibility, including Director of Molecular Breeding, Senior Director of North America Maize Product Development, Senior Director for Americas Maize Product Development, and as Vice President for Global Hybrid Crops Lead.
Chair, CGIAR System Management Board
Dr. Marco Ferroni earned his PhD degree in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University. He is an expert in international agriculture, sustainable development, and the geopolitics of food. From 2007 to 2017, he was Chief Executive of the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, which he re-launched as a product and solutions developer for farm sectors in low-income countries and emerging markets. Dr. Ferroni now works on strategic and supervisory assignments, including as Chair of the CGIAR System Management Board. He has held managerial and senior advisory positions at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank in Washington DC, and recently completed terms as an Adjunct Professor in Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at McGill University.
Professor, University of Minnesota
Dr. Phil Pardey is Professor of Science and Technology Policy in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota. He is also the Director of Global Research Strategy for the College of Food Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station and directs the University’s International Science & Technology Practice and Policy (InSTePP) center. Previously, he was a senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington DC, and prior to 1994 at the International Service for National Agricultural Research in The Hague, the Netherlands. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and of the American Agricultural Economics Association, Distinguished Fellow and Past President of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, Distinguished Life Member of the International Association of Agricultural Economists, and winner of the Siehl Prize for Excellence in Agriculture. His research deals with agricultural productivity measurement and assessment, the finance and conduct of research and development (R&D) globally, methods for assessing the economic impacts of research, and the economic and policy (especially intellectual property) aspects of genetic resources and the biosciences. He is author of more than 360 books, articles, and papers.
Investment Director, Monsanto Growth Ventures and Vice Chair, CIAT Board of Trustees
Dr. John Hamer’s background includes a distinguished research career in Molecular Biology and Crop Protection, and a decade of venture capital experience, leading and starting numerous life science companies. Dr. Hamer also donates his time to numerous causes related to global agricultural issues. He is currently the Managing Director of Monsanto Growth Ventures, a leading global, agricultural company with offices in San Francisco and St. Louis, providing products to growers worldwide. He also serves as Vice Chair of the CIAT Board of Trustees.
Professor Emeritus, Cornell University and Adjunct Professor, Copenhagen University
Dr. Per Pinstrup-Andersen holds MSc and PhD degrees in Agricultural Economics from Oklahoma State University. Before joining Cornell University‘s academic staff, he was Chairman of the CGIAR Science Council and President of the American Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA). He served 10 years as Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and 7 years as department head. He also worked at CIAT as Head of the Economics Unit and as a distinguished professor at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. He was awarded the World Food Prize in 2001, and he holds honorary doctoral degrees from several universities. His current research deals with food systems and the interaction of these with human health and nutrition.
Executive Director, Global Harvest Initiative
Dr. Margaret Zeigler holds PhD and MA degrees in Geography and International Development. She is a thought leader in the international agriculture and food security arena with expertise in international poverty alleviation, agricultural development, organizational leadership and program management. She works in non-partisan and multi-stakeholder engagement in collaboration with a variety of food security organizations and institutions, including United Nations agencies, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), NGOs, the US Government, regional development institutions, foundations, and the private sector. Dr. Zeigler co-authored the seminal report “The next global breadbasket: how Latin America can feed the world,” jointly released by the Global Harvest Initiative and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). She also co-authors the annual Global Agricultural Productivity Report® (GAP Report®) published by the Global Harvest Initiative, and is a regular media contributor. She also serves on the Scientific Advisory Council of the US Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) and is on the Board of Directors for the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD).
Professor, Agriculture, Food, and Resource Economics, Michigan State University
Dr. Tom Reardon earned his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, USA, in 1984. Before joining the Michigan State University in 1992 as Professor of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, he served at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) for almost a decade. Dr. Reardon is prominent in research on urbanization; change; transformation of agri-food value chains, including the “supermarket revolution” and the “Quiet Revolution” with spread of small enterprises in supply chains; mobile outsource services for farmers; and impacts of and opportunities from food system change for farmers. He has research experience in Africa (14 years), Latin America (10 years), and Asia (14 years). Of 34 years studying those regions, he spent 21 years directly in the field. He is in Who’s Who in Economics, in top 2.3% of 50,000 economists worldwide in IDEAS/REPEC, Fellow of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA), and was personal invitee by the World Economic Forum to Davos. He has 23,500 citations in Google Scholar.
President, Food Tank
Dr. Danielle Nierenberg has an MSc in Agriculture, Food, and Environment from the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and spent two years volunteering for the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic. Dr. Nierenberg co-founded Food Tank, a non-profit organization, in 2013, with a focus on building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters. Prior to starting Food Tank, she spent two years traveling to more than 60 countries across sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Latin America, meeting with farmers and farmers’ groups, scientists and researchers, policymakers and government leaders, students and academics, along with journalists, documenting what’s working to help alleviate hunger and poverty, while protecting the environment. She has authored or co-authored several major reports and books, and her knowledge of global agriculture issues has been cited widely in more than 8,000 major print and broadcast outlets worldwide.
Leader, Sustainable Food Systems, CIAT
Dr. Mark Lundy is lead scientist at CIAT, based in Cali, Colombia. His work focuses on rural enterprise development with smallholder farmers and includes topics such as the establishment of learning networks to increase NGOs’ and farmers’ capacities for enterprise development, how private companies can better partner with smallholder farmers, the role of public and donor agencies in supporting better market linkages, and how to establish and sustain effective trading relationships between buyers and smallholder farmers that add business value while reducing rural poverty. Dr. Lundy is lead author of a series of guides on participatory rural enterprise development and an active participant in the Sustainable Food Lab and other multi-stakeholder forums focused on sustainability and smallholder inclusion in Latin America and Africa.
Director General, CIAT
Born in Uruguay, Dr. Echeverría earned his PhD in Agriculture Economics from the University of Minnesota, USA, with emphasis in the economics of technical change, and has received leadership management training at Harvard and IMD. Shortly after he graduated in Agronomy in Uruguay in 1980, he worked for the Uruguayan Land Reform Institute, heading its extension service. Ever since he has worked on agricultural and rural development issues. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he worked on agricultural research policy issues and strengthening national research capacities in Asia, Africa, and LAC, based at the CGIAR International Service for National Agricultural Research (ISNAR), based in The Hague, the Netherlands. His background also includes research and executive positions at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington DC, and the CGIAR System Council in Rome, in a wide range of areas to mobilize agricultural science for global impact. His work helped promote the creation of the Regional Fund for Agricultural Technology (FONTAGRO) and the Inter-Agency Group for Rural Development in Latin America and the Caribbean. Dr. Echeverría belongs to many distinguished professional associations, and serves as a member of different boards of agricultural research institutes. He is CIAT Director General since 2009.
Director, Partnerships and Communications, CIAT
Javier Mateo-Vega joins CIAT in 2017 after 10 years at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (Panama), where he served as Director of the Environmental Leadership & Training Initiative (ELTI), a joint program with the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and as a Research Fellow and PhD Candidate in Biology in the joint McGill University and Smithsonian Neotropical Environment Option (NEO) Program. Prior to this, Dr. Mateo-Vega served as Country Program Manager and Director of the Osa Site Program for The Nature Conservancy in Costa Rica, and as Coordinator of the Environmental Science and Policy Program of the Organization for Tropical Studies, also in Costa Rica. He has 18 years’ experience in providing technical and managerial leadership in natural resource management, biodiversity conservation, sustainable agriculture, capacity development, and ecological research in developing countries. A native of Costa Rica, he has lived in ten countries in the Americas, Asia, and Europe.
Deputy Head of Unit, Food Security, Rural Development, Nutrition, Director General for International Cooperation and Development, European Commission
Dr. Bernard Rey holds a PhD in Veterinary Medicine and an MSc in Economics of Development. In his early career, he worked in international agricultural research institutions in Mexico, the Netherlands, and Ethiopia. He subsequently served in the Delegations of the European Union in Nigeria, Kenya, and Madagascar in charge of the EU Rural Development portfolios in these countries. After he headed the EU Development Cooperation in Kenya, he was appointed Deputy Head of Unit for Sustainable Agriculture and Food and Nutrition Security in EuropeAid Headquarters. In this capacity, he chaired over 2 years the group of development partners to the Africa Union’s Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), and represents the European Commission in the CGIAR governing entities.
Dr. John Lynam holds a PhD and an MA from Stanford University’s Food Research Institute, and a BS in Agricultural Economics from Ohio State University. Dr. Lynam has over 30 years’ experience in tropical agricultural research in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia. Much of his work has focused on agricultural research, working within commodity, farming system, and natural resource management programs. He has worked at the Food Security Division of the Rockefeller Foundation based in Kenya, the Kilimo Trust in Uganda, and as a consultant with such international development organizations as the World Bank, FAO, ILRI, the World Fish Centre, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Vegetable Centre, and the CGIAR System. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the World Agroforestry Centre, and is on the Board of CIFOR. He also chairs the advisory committee of the Collaborative Crop Research Program of the McKnight Foundation. He as well has served in the past on the program oversight panel of Aquatic Agricultural Systems and the independent science advisory panel of the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems. Dr. Lynam served as the economist in the Cassava Program at CIAT from 1977 to 1988.
International Consultant, former CIAT Researcher
Dr. Valdés holds a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics, UK, and an MSc in Economics from the University of Chicago, USA. He is currently an independent consultant and a research associate of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (UC), where he graduated as Agronomic Engineer. At UC, he held positions as professor, Dean of the Agronomy Faculty, and Director of the Postgraduate Economics Program. He worked as an economist at the World Bank, Washington DC, first in Latin America and then on economic reforms in East Europe and Russia. During the 1980s, he was Director of Trade and Food Security at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington DC. His publications include studies on international trade, agricultural development, and rural poverty; a book on rural poverty in Latin America; a World Bank-funded comparative study on agricultural price and trade policies in 18 countries; and a book titled “La reforma agraria en Chile: historia, efectos y lecciones” [The agrarian reform in Chile: history, effects and lessons], co-athored with William Foster and published in 2015 by Ediciones Universidad Católica jointly with IFPRI.
Former Director General, CIAT
Born in New Zealand, Dr. Grant Scobie completed a PhD in Economics at North Carolina State University. After graduating, he was appointed as a Senior Economist at CIAT (1973–76). In the following years, he was extensively involved with the CGIAR System as a consultant, member of external review panels, and as a director of a major study of the impact of CGIAR. In 1980–81, he was a research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). He returned to New Zealand in 1982 as Chief Economist for the agricultural research system. Then followed 5 years as the founding director of a private economics consulting company. He returned to academia as professor of Economics and Chair of the Department of Economics at the University of Waikato until 1995, when he was appointed Director General of CIAT. In 1999, he was awarded the Order of Merit in Agriculture by the Government of Colombia, and returned to New Zealand as Principal Advisor in the New Zealand Treasury. In 2004, he received the NZIER Award as New Zealand’s outstanding economist that year. Before retiring in 2016, he spent a year as a senior researcher at the New Zealand Productivity Commission.
Senior Scientist, CIAT
Dr. Steven Prager earned his BS in Earth Science and MSc in Geography from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and his PhD in Geography from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada, where he specialized in macro-level analysis of ecologically sustainable development. He is currently a senior scientist at CIAT, based in Cali, Colombia, where he co-leads the Climate, Agriculture and Foresight Modeling Team to increase the use of strategic foresight approaches as a key element in organizational learning and decision-making processes. More broadly within CGIAR, he is the co-leader of the Global Futures and Strategic Foresight research activity associated with the Policy, Institutions and Markets Research Program. His research is highly interdisciplinary, drawing from themes in economics and sustainability, geographic information science, human-environment interactions, hierarchy theory, complexity theory, topology, and network analysis. He has published in leading international journals, including Ecology and Society, Transactions in GIS, Ecological Monographs, International Journal of Geographic Information Science, GeoInformatica, PLoS ONE, and Computers and Electronics in Agriculture. For ten years prior to joining CIAT, he was a professor at the University of Wyoming, teaching courses in GIScience, sustainability, and ecological modeling.
Chief Scientist, US Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Food Security
Dr. Rob Bertram’s academic background in Plant Breeding and Genetics includes degrees from University of California, Davis, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Maryland. He also studied International Affairs at Georgetown University. He has been especially active in plant genetic resources policy as it relates to research for development, including applications of biotechnology in food security-related research. At USAID, Dr. Bertram serves as a key advisor on a range of technical and program issues to advance global food security and nutrition. In this role, he leads USAID’s evidence-based efforts to advance research, technology, and implementation in support of the US Government’s global hunger and food security initiative Feed the Future. He previously served as Director of the Office of Agricultural Research and Policy in the Bureau for Food Security, which leads implementation of the Feed the Future research strategy and related efforts to scale innovations in global food security efforts, working with a range of partners. Prior to that, he guided USAID’s investments in agriculture and natural resources research for many years. Before joining USAID, he served with USDA’s international programs as well as overseas with the CGIAR System.
Director, CEO Group, and Scientific Advisor to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation of Argentina
An Argentinian citizen, Dr. Trigo holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from the Catholic University of Córdoba, Argentina, and a PhD in Agrarian Economics from the University of Wisconsin, USA. He is currently Director of CEO Group and Scientific Advisor to the International Relations Directorate of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation and the Ministry of Agroindustry of Argentina. He specializes in policy and science, technology, and innovation management in agriculture and natural resources, with a special emphasis on bioeconomy-related topics, in which he has worked with various national governments and international organizations. Dr. Trigo has published numerous articles and books.
Director, Decision and Policy Analysis Research Area, CIAT
Dr. Andy Jarvis is the Director of CIAT‘s Decision and Policy Analysis Research Area and a Flagship Leader on the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), based in Cali, Colombia. Dr. Jarvis has over 10 years‘ experience of cutting-edge scientific research in developing countries to support the goals of alleviating poverty and protecting essential ecosystem services of importance to humanity. His research has focused on the use of spatial analysis and environmental modeling to address issues such as agricultural biodiversity conservation, adaptation to climate change, and maintenance of ecosystem services. He has published over 70 articles, book chapters, or books, with over 30 of these in peer-reviewed articles published in international journals. He has also worked as a consultant to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on developing climate change strategies to conserve agricultural biodiversity, and on a variety of projects for the European Union, Global Environment Facility, among others. In 2003, Dr. Jarvis won the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) C-8 Genetic Resources award for best research paper, and in 2009 received the prestigious Ebbe Nielsen award for innovative research in bioinformatics and biosystematics.
Founder and CEO, Gro Intelligence and Member of the CIAT Board of Trustees
Sara Menker received a BA in Economics and African Studies at Mount Holyoke College and the London School of Economics and an MBA from Columbia University. Prior to founding Gro Intelligence, a data company dedicated to building products that change the way the world understands agriculture, she was Vice President in Morgan Stanley’s commodities group. She began her career in commodities risk management, where she covered all commodity markets, and subsequently moved to trading, where she managed an options trading portfolio. Ms. Menker is a Trustee of the Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) and a member of the CIAT Board of Trustees. She was named a Global Young Leader by the World Economic Forum and is a fellow of the African Leadership Initiative of the Aspen Institute.
Former Senior Lecturer, University of Washington
Greg Traxler is an agricultural economist with expertise in the areas of science and technology policy, biotechnology in agriculture, human capital in developing countries, and the economics of genetic resources. He has authored studies on the impacts of genetically modified (GM) cotton in the USA and Mexico, GM soybeans in Argentina, and GM papaya in Thailand. Other studies have looked at the effect of monopoly power and economies of size in technology generation, and on the value of pre-commercial germplasm. He has served on the faculty at the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, and at the Department of Agricultural Economics at Auburn University. From 2008–2014, he worked as Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he developed and managed a portfolio of grants to support building the capacity for agricultural policy analysis and implementation in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
Head of the Latin American and Caribbean Program, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Dr. Eugenio Díaz-Bonilla received his PhD and MA degrees in Economics and an MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University. He joined IFPRI as a visiting Senior Research Fellow in 2012. Dr. Díaz-Bonilla has over 30 years’ experience working on development and poverty issues, including grass-roots work, academic activities, consulting work, and positions of institutional leadership in international organizations and governments. He has worked as a consultant and staff member with international organizations including UNDP, FAO, IICA, Organization of American States (OAS), and the World Bank. He has extensive experience as advisor and consultant to governments as well in different developing countries on macroeconomic and trade policies, poverty alleviation, and food security programs and extensive involvement in project preparation, financing, and implementation in developing countries, mainly on agricultural and rural development operations. He has led diplomatic and negotiation activities as a senior diplomat for Argentina, focusing on agricultural trade issues in bilateral, regional, and multilateral negotiations. Dr. Díaz-Bonilla served as a member of the Board of Executive Directors of the Inter-American Development Bank for almost 9 years, as well as chairman and vice chairman of several board committees responsible for the governance of the Bank.
Leader, Ecosystem Services, CIAT
Dr. Marcela Quintero holds a Bachelor of Ecology from the Pontifical Xavierian University in Cali, Colombia, and a PhD in Agronomy from the University of Florida, USA. Dr. Quintero leads the Ecosystem Services team at CIAT, with a focus on improving the management of ecosystem services critical to human well-being through compensation mechanisms, equitable benefit-sharing, and better land-use planning and management practices. A key challenge is to better understand the impacts and consequences of introducing ecosystem service management regimes in a landscape, and to identify the most appropriate means by which optimal environmental and socioeconomic benefits can be ensured. Cases across the Andes and Amazon have been analyzed to identify and extract successful policies for promoting the conservation and sustainable use of ecosystem services, while benefiting the poor. This work also includes the development of tools and methodologies for measuring ecosystem service flows and value for stakeholders.
Daniel van Gilst
Senior Adviser, Section for Environment and Food Security, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD)
Daniel van Gilst is Senior Adviser on Agriculture and Environment of NORAD. He is Norway’s focal point for CGIAR and the Crop Trust. He is also NORAD’s focal point for the International Plant Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources and for the UN organizations FAO, IFAD, and WFP. Furthermore, he assists Norwegian embassies and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with program analyses, studies, and advice concerning the agricultural sector. Daniel van Gilst, educated as an Agricultural Economist, looks back on a 30 years‘ experience as program coordinator and advisor of both the public and private sector as well as policy advisor to the Norwegian Ministry and as Norway’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN organizations FAO, IFAD, and WFP.
Leader, Genetic Resources, CIAT
Dr. Peter Wenzl holds a PhD in Plant Genetics and Physiology from Vienna University. He leads CIAT‘s Genetic Resources Program. Prior to joining CIAT, he worked at the Crop Trust, where he coordinated efforts to use genomics to more effectively harness crop diversity. He had previously led a CIMMYT project to identify and mobilize useful genetic variation in the maize and wheat genebank, using a combination of genotyping, phenotyping, and pre-breeding approaches. He has moved across a variety of research areas, both in the public and private sector, to develop and apply innovative approaches to better conserve and use genetic resources and to accelerate crop genetic improvement.
Head of Science and Innovation, British Embassy in Colombia
Luis Calzadilla Waldmann is a social communications specialist with a master’s degree in Communications and Social Development and a specialization in Public Policy and Development. Mr. Calzadilla is currently Head of Science and Innovation at the British Embassy in Colombia. Between 2015 and early 2017, he served as Director of the Newton-Caldas Fund at the British Council, where he led socioeconomic programs drawing on research and innovation. In 2013–2015, he was Projects and Partnerships Director, also based at the British Council in Colombia, managing projects of public policy making and implementation at local, national, and regional levels. His previous experience with the British Council-Venezuela focused on education projects.