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DeClerck, Fabrice

Senior Scientist, Agricultural Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Fabrice DeClerck, a Belgian national based in Montpellier, holds a joint appointment with Bioversity International and the EAT Foundation. He leads innovative and synthetic food systems research using systems-based approaches to set clear science targets for healthy and sustainable foods systems. Using global targets, he works closely with multiple networks to drive uncommon collaborations between disciplines (agriculture, environment, health) and domains (science, business, policy) for food systems transformations.

His research emphasizes the critical role that agricultural ecosystems play in supporting sustainable development goals, and the role of agricultural diversity both in as underpinning healthy diets, as well as sustainability. This same research has demonstrated that while agriculture is the current driver of increasingly poor dietary health, and environmental degradation globally, a systems-based approach working across domains and disciplines can transform agriculture to the primary driver of health and sustainability. 

Fabrice has extensive experience in multiple regions and enjoys strong collaborations ranging from direct engagement with farmers and farming communities to interactions with food and agricultural companies and policy makers.

Fabrice has regularly contributed articles to peer reviewed journals spanning environment, agriculture and health. He is a contributing author to the EAT Lancet Commission on Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems, The Economics of Ecosytems and Biodiversity for Agriculture and Food reports, and both the Africa and Global IPBES Assessments.  

Fabrice also serves on the advisory boards of the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) and the Menus of Change University Research Collaboration (MCURC). He was named Young Professional of the Year by the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development in 2005, and was Humboldt State University’s Man of the Year in 1995.



BSc, Plant and Forest Ecology, Humboldt State University, USA

MSc, Forest Biology Iowa State University, Ames, USA.

PhD, Geography/Ecology, University of California, Davis, USA.

Postdoctoral Research, The Earth Institute at Columbia University, New York, USA.

Publication highlights:

Springmann, M., et al., Changes in food management, technology and diets to stay within environmental limits. Nature. 2018.

Wood, S., et. al. 2018.  Distilling the role of ecosystem services in the Sustainable Development Goals. Ecosystem Services. Ecosystem Services 29 (2018) 70–82

IPBES (2018): Summary for policymakers of the regional assessment report on biodiversity and ecosystem services for Africa of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. IPBES secretariat, Bonn, Germany. 49 pages.