Coordinated Global and Regional Integrated Assessments (CGRA)
Mark W. Rosegrant is the Director of the Environment and Production Technology Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, DC. With a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Michigan, he has extensive experience in research and policy analysis in agriculture and economic development, with an emphasis on water resources and other natural resource and agricultural policy issues as they impact food security, rural livelihoods, and environmental sustainability. He currently directs research on climate change, water resources, sustainable land management, genetic resources and biotechnology, and agriculture and energy.
He is the author or editor of 12 books and over 100 refereed papers in agricultural economics, water resources, and food policy analysis. Dr. Rosegrant has won numerous awards, such as Outstanding Journal Article (2008), Quality of Communications Award (2004), and Distinguished Policy Contribution Award (2002) awarded by the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (formerly American Agricultural Economics Association); and Best Article Award (2005) from the International Water Resources Association. Dr. Rosegrant is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; and a Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
Co-Developed Research with Stakeholders
Amy Sullivan has 20 years’ experience designing, implementing and evaluating natural resource based research and development—mainly in Africa and the Caribbean. Her recent focus has been on generating evidence based-options for addressing challenges in rural livelihoods, and getting that evidence into the hands of decision makers in southern and eastern Africa.
Amy served as the Phase 2 Limpopo Basin Coordinator for the Challenge Program on Water and Food, while under the umbrella of the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network—FANRPAN based in Pretoria. In Phase I of the Challenge Program she was a Project Leader for the International Water Management Institute (IWMI).
Amy is currently a regional consultant undertaking research for development program design and evaluation—as well as increasing her portfolio of gender work across the water and agriculture sectors. She is currently engaged by the AgMIP RIA Stakeholder Unit, coordinating efforts at strategic engagement to enhance modelling relevance and uptake. She continues to publish and advise graduate students across southern Africa.
Amy holds a PhD in Interdisciplinary Ecology and an MSc in Farming Systems Research and Extension from the University of Florida. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science.
Modeling for Sustainable Farming Systems
Patricia Masikati is an Agroforestry Systems Scientist at ICRAF based in southern Africa; she joined the organization in October 2014. Before, she was working at ICRISAT-Zimbabwe and her work mainly focused on developing agricultural management options aimed at promoting water efficient farm enterprises and risk management in the semi-arid areas using participatory biophysical modeling approach coupled with on-farm trials. She was also involved in facilitating the development of crop-livestock markets through Innovation Platforms; facilitate the flow of market information between farmers and market intermediaries. Her current responsibilities include conceptualizing, designing and conducting research on the integration of trees within farming systems at field, farm and landscape scales. Contribute to the development of tree-crop-livestock modeling at different scales and undertake modeling, systems analyses, systematic reviews and syntheses of the benefits, risks and trade-offs of changing tree cover on farm land and other agricultural improvement options. She is involved in two ACIAR funded projects in East and southern Africa which mainly focus on agroforestry and value chain innovation platforms for improved livelihoods. She is also involved in the Agricultural Model Inter-comparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP). The project uses a multi-modeling approach for integrated assessment of smallholder farming systems, to assess impact of climate change and also to develop representative agricultural pathways that aim at reducing climate induced risk and increase resilience.
Next Generation Knowledge, Data, and Tools
Molly Jahn is a Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, holding appointments in the Department of Agronomy, the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, and the Global Health Institute. She holds adjunct appointments as faculty or senior research scientist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Columbia University’s Earth Institute. From 2006-2011, she served as dean of the University of Wisconsin’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and Director of the Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Station. In 2009-10, she provided interim leadership as Deputy and Acting Under Secretary of Research, Education and Economics at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She has >100 peer-reviewed publications and dozens of crop varieties grown commercially and for subsistence around the world from her plant breeding programs at the University of Wisconsin and Cornell University. She serves on numerous boards and scientific advisory panels around the world including the CGIAR Consortium Board, the US National Academies of Science Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources and she chairs the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Energy and Environmental Sciences Directorate at ORNL. She holds Honorary Doctor of Science degrees in the US and UK, and consults globally for business, governments, philanthropic organizations, and international multi-lateral institutions focused on agriculture, food, life sciences and environment.