Position: Professor & Principal Scientist
Working at: World Agroforestry Centre (formerly)
Work Address: 3334 Marvin D. Love Frwy, Dallas, TX 75224, Texas
Phone: +1 214 4776389
Research Activities: Festus Akinnifesi is a leading authority on the use of leguminous “fertilizer” trees that fix atmospheric nitrogen and transfers it to the soil. Formerly based in Malawi for 12 years, his research is widely credited with promoting the development of policies throughout Southern Africa that encourage tree planting programs that help African farmers cope with food and fertilizer shortages. An accomplished horticulturalist, he is also credited with the improvement of numerous indigenous fruit trees. His newest book, Indigenous Fruit Trees in the Tropics: Domestication, Utilization and Commercialization is fast becoming a must-read for horticulturalists and policymakers, focusing as it does on the marketing of underutilized crops, their biodiversity and the maintenance of sustainable natural resources.
Fields of Expertise: Agroforestry