Prof. Anthony Whitbread

CALA Independent Advisory Committee

Prof. Anthony Whitbread

Principal Scientist and team lead for Sustainable Intensifcation, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

Anthony Whitbread works for the oneCGIAR as part of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) as a Principal Scientist and team lead for Sustainable Intensifcation based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Prior to this most recent appointment, he led the systems programs for ICRISAT over several years based out of India and was the Country Representative for Tanzania 2019-2022. He holds a PhD from the University of New England, Australia in Soil Science and Agronomy (1997), and works with scientists across the drylands of south Asia and sub-Saharan Africa devising strategies to manage climatic risk, soil fertility and identifying market led development opportunities especially in smallholder crop-livestock systems. His role in the CGIAR was preceded by a long research career in the crop-livestock systems of semi-arid Australia, SE Asia and Southern Africa with CSIRO Australia and as a full Professor (W3) of Crop Production Systems in the Tropics at the Georg-August-Universität in Göttingen, Germany.

Anthony’s expertise covers agronomy and soil science, farm systems analysis, crop modelling, climate risk management, spatial analysis all focussed on research for development in smallholder farming systems. He maintains high science credibility as a highly citated author, and as an educator, being the superviser of several postdocs and PhD students through roles as Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia, external supervisor at the University of Sydney and Wageningen Univerity and Research, as well as continuing supervisory roles at the Georg-August-Universität in Göttingen, Germany.


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