John K. Lynam


John K. Lynam Chair of the BOT of ICRAF
Ex-Officio member of the Board
United States

Lynam has more than 30 years’ experience in tropical agricultural research in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. His particular expertise is smallholder-led agricultural development in the tropics. Much of his work has concentrated on agricultural research in national and international systems, working within commodity, farming system and natural resource management programs.

An independent consultant since mid-2000, Lynam has worked with international development organizations such as the World Bank, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the International Livestock Research Institute, WorldFish, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Vegetable Center and the CGIAR. His previous employers include Kilimo Trust (Uganda), the Food Security Division of the Rockefeller Foundation (Kenya) and the Cassava Program of Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT) (Colombia). He was also a visiting research fellow at the Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi, Kenya.

During his career, Lynam has authored or co-authored 42 books, book chapters and research papers on agricultural research in the developing world, including two major monographs on African agriculture and development.

In addition to his position as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the World Agroforestry Centre, Lynam is serving on two other advisory panels, and over the past two decades has served as a board member or advisor to four other international agricultural research programs. Lynam earned his PhD and MA from Stanford University Food Research Institute, and his BSc in agricultural economics from Ohio State University.

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