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    Posted on April 18th, 2014

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    Shawn McGuire

    Shawn McGuire

    Shawn McGuirePosition: Senior Lecturer
    Working at: School of International Development, UEA
    Work Address: School of International Development, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ
    Phone: +441603593375
    Personal Website: http://www.uea.ac.uk/international-development/People/Academic/mcguire

    Research Activities: I focus on the interface between local genetic resource managers and formal research institutions, particularly around crop breeding and seed supply. Key areas here include studying farmer knowledge and practice in plant genetic resource management, the social norms and local institutions that shape access, and how policy narratives and institutions affect reforms in R&D. This has been applied to development interventions such as participatory plant breeding (PPB) and humanitarian actions, e.g. emergency seed relief.

    Recent work includes

    1. developing Seed System Security Assessments, along with Louise Sperling, to help aid and development practitioners better understand informal seed systems, and
    2. analysing networks of seed exchange across countries, using network analysis and ethnographic tools, and 3) exploring barriers to ‘capacity development’ in molecular plant breeding in Southern NARIs.
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    Posted on October 29th, 2013

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    Diego Naziri

    Diego Naziri

    Diego NaziriPosition: Socio-economist
    Working at: Natural Resources Institute (NRI) of the University of Greenwich
    Work Address: Central Avenue, Chatham Maritime, Kent, ME4 4TB
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    Personal Website: http://www.nri.org/about/pensketches/naziri-pensketch.htm
    Research Activities: I have worked 2 and half years in the framework of a project funded by the Italian development cooperation aiming at the on-farm conservation and sustainable use of agrobiodiversity. The project has supported regional and national programmes for re-introducing, improving and valorizing durum wheat in Ethiopia. In particular it has promoted decentralized participatory approaches both in identification of promising varieties(PPB/PVS)and in seed production. I was in charge to carry out field surveys for project monitoring and evaluation, adoption and impact studies, input and output market analysis for strengthening market linkages, and designing effective and sustainable seed delivery systems (for this latter taking also in consideration the implications of international and national policies related to seed laws and breeder and farmers’ rights).
    I have contributed to the preparation of a report on sustainable use of plant genetic resources and implementation of farmers’ rights in Italy. The report was presented at the 3rd Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA).
    Currently my research at NRI focuses on public and private sector agri-food standards (including Payment for Ecosystem Services) and their impacts on developing countries’ opportuntities to maintain and create trade in food products with high-value markets.

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    Posted on July 11th, 2012

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    Philip Stevenson

    Position: Professor of Plant Chemistry

    Work Address: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Surrey, TW9 3 AB

    Phone: +44-2083325377

    Research Activities: Professor of Plant Chemistry. Over twenty years experience isolating, identifying and elucidating structures of plant chemicals and determining their biological activities. Particular interests in plant biopesticides in resource-poor farming in Africa, resistance mechanisms to insects and diseases in crops (e.g., sweetpotato, groundnuts, chickpea, rice) and the chemistry pf pollination ecology. Current funding sources include BBSRC, Science Foundation of Ireland, European Union (ACP S&T) and McKnight Foundation. Extensive field experience in South Asia and Africa

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    Posted on July 9th, 2012

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    Davy McCracken

    Position: Reader in Agricultural Ecology

    Work Address: John F Niven Building, SAC, Auchincruive, Ayr KA6 5HW

    Phone: +44 (0)1292 525 299

    Personal Website: http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/davy-mccracken/14/461/98a

    Research Activities: Dr Davy McCracken is a Reader in Agricultural Ecology and Team Leader of the Resource Economics and Biodiversity team at SAC. Davy’s research focuses on the relationships between European farming systems and wildlife ecology.

    Davy joined SAC in 1995 and since then he has managed a variety of projects looking at the relationships between farm management practices, vegetation composition and structure and invertebrates of importance in the diet of farmland birds.

    Davy works closely with the European Forum on Nature Conservation and Pastoralism (EFNCP), helping them to plan, organise and publish the outputs from various seminars and conferences held across Europe. Through his links with EFNCP, Davy has been involved in the development of the High Nature Value (HNV) farming systems concept and highlighting the impacts of policy on HNV systems has been the focus of much of his work at European level.

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    Posted on October 14th, 2011

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    Michel Pimbert

    Position: Principal Researcher and Team leader
    Work Address: 80-86 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8NH

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    Posted on October 11th, 2011

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    Fatema Rajabali

    Position: Climate Change Convenor
    Work Address: Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Library Road, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9RE

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    Posted on October 11th, 2011

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    Helena Paul

    Position: Co-director
    Work Address: 11 Pandora Road, London NW6 1TS
    Phone: +44 2074314357
    Personal Website: www.econexus.info
    Research Activities: As part of EcoNexus I work on the impact of emerging technologies on biodiversity, communities, food sovereignty. Technologies include synthetic biology, geoengineering, GM crops and trees. I also focus on the impact of biofuels, biomass production, bioenergy generally on land and biodiversity. EcoNexus researchers are concerned that not enough account is taken of the complexity of natural systems when making interventions.

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    Posted on October 11th, 2011

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    Suzanne Sharrock

    Position: Director of Global Programmes
    Work Address: Descanso House, 199 Kew Road, Richmond, UK
    Phone: +44 2083325941
    Personal Website: www.bgci.org
    Research Activities: Presently working on the ex situ conservation of wild plant species, including CWR, in the context of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation. Previously worked on Musa genetic resources

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    Posted on September 29th, 2011

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    Amir Kassam

    Amir Kassam

    Position: Professor
    Work Address: 88 Gunnersbury Avenue, Ealong, London W5 4HA
    Phone: +44 2089933426
    Research Activities: Principles of ecological sustainability in agricultural land use; Sustainable prodution systems and sustainable production intensification; linking productivity with ecosystem services; Conservation Agriculture; System of Rice Intensification; Food security and climate change; the role of agrobiodiversity in sustainability; integrated crop-livestock systems; policy and institutional support for land stewardship and ecosystem services; water and irrigation science.

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    Working at: University of Reading
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    Posted on September 15th, 2011

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    Philip Hollington

    Position: Senior Research Fellow
    Work Address: WINR, Bangor University, Deiniol Road, Bangor LL57 2UW
    Phone: +44 1248382285
    Personal Website: www.ricebean.org
    Research Activities: Led 4 year FP6 project on ricebean (Vigna umbellata) for local food security in hill ares on Nepal and N India (www.ricebean.org). Project assessed distribution and diversity (morphological and molecular), farmer preferred traits, markets, and nutrition.

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    Posted on September 7th, 2011

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    Roger Leakey

    Position: Prof.
    Research Activities: Domestication of indigenous fruit, nut and medicinal trees for diversified agriculture (agroforestry and multifunctional agriculture)in the tropics.

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    Working at: James Cook University
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