Erick FERNANDES, Global Lead, Technology, Innovation & Climate Smart Agriculture, The World Bank Group, Kenya

Erick Fernandes is a Lead Specialist in the Agriculture Global Practice of the World Bank Group. Erick holds a BS Honors in Forestry from the University of Aberdeen (Scotland) and a PhD in Soil Science & Agronomy from North Carolina State University (NCSU), USA. From 1991-1995 he directed NCSU’s Tropical Soils program in collaboration with the Brazilian Enterprise for Agricultural Research (EMBRAPA) in the Brazilian Amazon. From 1995-2005, he was an International Professor of Crop and Soil Sciences at Cornell University with research and teaching programs on tropical agroecosystems, agroforestry and cropping systems. At Cornell, he also served on the Program Committee of Cornell’s International Institute for Food, Agriculture, and Development (CIIFAD), as the Global Coordinator of the International Agricultural Research Centers (CGIAR) and Global Environmental Facility (GEF) program on “Alternatives to Slash and Burn Agriculture” and as a Principle Scientist in NASA’s Large-Scale Biosphere-Atmosphere program. He has 35 years of agriculture and natural resource management experience in Africa, East & South Asia and Latin America.