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Bruce Campbell, Director, Challenge Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security

April 29 @ 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - KRAN 661

Seminar Title: From local knowledge to the UNFCCC: building climate-smart agriculture

Dr. Bruce Campbell is Director of the CGIAR and ESSP programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS:  is the lead centre for CCAFS, which is based in Copenhagen, Denmark. This programme taps into the complementary strengths of the CGIAR system and ESSP, and their respective partners, to address the most pressing  and complex challenge to food security in the 21st century.   

Bruce Campbell has degrees in Ecology from Cape Town (B.Sc. Hons.), Minnesota (M.Sc.) and Utrecht (Ph.D.), but has increasingly moved into inter-disciplinary work, championing new approaches to doing applied research on natural resource management.  His early work focused on social-ecological systems in southern Africa, covering a spectrum of production systems (forestry, livestock, dryland and irrigated cropping), from small-scale (e.g. soil fertility management) to large-scale (e.g. deforestation analyses), and from biophysical and social science angles.  For the last decade, he has led a programme on forests and livelihoods. This involved a team of 50 based in eleven locations in Asia, Latin America and Africa. The team included anthropologists, political scientists, sociologists, economists, ecologists, botanists, foresters and geographers. This work has centred on the link between poverty alleviation and forest goods and services, with topics such as 'payments for environmental services (PES)', 'reduced emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD)', and 'integrated conservation and development (ICDP)' featuring prominently.  
Bruce serves on several editorial boards, and is a scientific committee member of PECS, the ICSU Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society. This endeavour integrates social and natural science and aims to provide the understanding for wise stewardship of landscapes and seascapes.He has published more than 100 peer reviewed papers and several books.  He served as the inaugural Director for both the Institute of Environmental Studies, University of Zimbabwe (1995-2000), and the School for Environmental Studies at Charles Darwin University in Darwin, Australia (2004-2007). From 2000-2009 he worked for the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Indonesia as the Director of the Forests and Livelihoods Program.


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