The stakes are high in the future of agriculture. If we are to feed nine billion people by 2050, myths about the right ways forward in agricultural production need to be replaced by policies based on scientific evidence.▶
Pedro Sanchez is the Director of the Tropical Agriculture and the Rural Environment Program, Senior Research Scholar and Director of the Millennium Villages Project at the Earth Institute at Columbia University. He also directs AfSIS, the African Soils Information Service developing the digital soils map of the world. Sanchez is also Professor Emeritus of Soil Science and Forestry at North Carolina State University and served as Director General of ICRAF-the World Agroforestry Center from 1991 -2001.
Sanchez received his BS, MS and PhD degrees in soil science from Cornell University. His professional career has been dedicated to help eliminate world hunger and absolute rural poverty while protecting and enhancing the tropical environment.
He is the author of “Properties and Management of Soils of the Tropics” (rated among the top 10 best-selling books in soil science worldwide), co-author of “Halving Hunger: It can be done” and of over 250 scientific publications. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Society of Agronomy, the Soil Science Society of America and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He serves on the Board of Agriculture and Natural Resources of the National Academy of Sciences. Sanchez is the 2002 World Food Prize laureate and a 2004 MacArthur Fellow.