Kwesi Atta-Krah is Director of the CGIAR Research Program on Integrated Systems for the Humid Tropics. He is an expert in agronomy and agroforestry. He previously served as Deputy Director General of Bioversity International.
Dr. Kwesi Atta-Krah, a Ghanian national, was Deputy Director General of Bioversity International for 8 years (2005-2013) before which he served as Regional Director for Bioversity in sub-Saharan Africa (2000-2005). Prior to joining Bioversity, he worked with the World Agroforestry Centre (1993-2000), the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (1989 -1993) and the International Livestock Centre for Africa (ILCA) – now ILRI (1983 to 1989). In his early years as a research scientist, Dr. Atta-Krah was a key proponent of what was referred to as “Development-oriented On-Farm Research”, linking research technology development to dissemination, extension and impact. He has special interest and experience in agricultural systems research, farming systems and participatory and research-development interactions.
He holds a BSc. in Crop Science/Agronomy, from the University of Ghana, Legon, and M.Sc and PhD degrees in Agroforestry/Natural Resources Management (1980 and 1984) from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. He has held senior positions in research management for over 15 years, and has special expertise in synergy-building and promoting collaboration in research and development among teams. Dr. Atta-Krah has served on a number of international committees related to agriculture, food security and environment. He has been Chair of the Alliance against Hunger and Malnutrition (2010-2012) hosted by FAO; a member of the Advisory Group of the Committee on World Food Security (2009-2012); member of the Scaling Up Nutrition initiative (Task Force C); and member of Scientific Committee of the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature (LPFN) initiative.