Bioversity International: research for development in agricultural and tree biodiversity

Fadda, Carlo

Theme leader, Productive Agricultural Ecosystems

Carlo Fadda, an Italian national, joined Bioversity International in 2004 where he has managed several projects on the management of agricultural biodiversity in Vietnam (where he spent almost 3 years), China, Ecuador, Morocco, Kenya, Ethiopia, Papua New Guinea. This experience has allowed him to understand the complexity of conservation efforts, of agricultural development in general, as well as understanding that science, policy and cultural issues play a big role in the effectiveness of conservation efforts.

After receiving his PhD in Evolutionary Biology and Zoology in 1998, Carlo worked in the field of international cooperation and development, including scientific and development cooperation.

From 1998 to the end of 2003 he worked in Tanzania for universities, NGOs, and the Italian Government. It is during this period that he understood the importance of combining conservation issues with the well-being of people and the requirement for new and innovative strategies to build a culture that recognizes the need to improve livelihoods of poor people and the importance of doing so without compromising the natural resource base on which those livelihoods are based.




MSc, Biology, University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy

Publication highlights:

W. Mulumba, R. Nankya, J. Adokorach, C. Kiwuka, C. Fadda, P. De Santis, D.I. Jarvis d, 2012. A risk-minimizing argument for traditional crop varietal diversity use to reduce pest and disease damage in agricultural ecosystem of Uganda. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment (in press).

Jarvis, D., Hodgkin, T.; Sthapit, B., Fadda, C., Lopez-Noriega, I., 2011. An Heuristic Framework for Identifying Multiple Ways of Supporting the Conservation and Use of Traditional Crop Varieties within the Agricultural Production System. Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences, 30 (1-2), pp. 125-176(52)