Scientific Committee Chair

Ken GillerWageningen University & Research, The Netherlands

Serge Savary

Ken Giller is Professor of Plant Production Systems at Wageningen University. He leads a group of scientists with profound experience in applying systems analysis to explore future scenarios for land use with a focus on food production. Ken’s research focuses on smallholder farming systems in sub-Saharan Africa. Particular emphasis is given to problems of soil fertility and the role of nitrogen fixation in tropical legumes, with emphasis on the temporal and spatial dynamics of resources within crop/livestock farming systems and their interactions. He leads a number of initiatives such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded N2Africa - Putting Nitrogen Fixation to Work for Smallholder Farmers in Africa - and the global public-private partnership on cocoa - Ken is member of the Unilever Sustainable Sourcing Advisory Board. He is co-chair of the Thematic Network 7 on Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systemsof the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) of the United Nations.

Ken joined Wageningen University as Chair of Plant Production Systems in 2001 after holding professorships at Wye College, University of London, and the University of Zimbabwe.


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