Bioversity International: research for development in agricultural and tree biodiversity

Hunter, Danny

Global Project Coordinator, Senior Scientist

Danny Hunter is the Global Project Coordinator of the global GEF/UNEP/FAO Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition Project for Bioversity International which includes Brazil, Kenya, Sri Lanka and Turkey.

Before joining Bioversity International he led two international projects: Development of Sustainable Agriculture in the Pacific (DSAP) Project and the Taro Genetic Resources: Conservation and Utilisation (TaroGen) Project, both implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.

He has taught at the University of the South Pacific (USP) and currently holds the post of adjunct teaching posts at Charles Sturt University (CSU), Australia and the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), Ireland where he contributes to courses in Plant Genetic Resources, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security. He is also Agrobiodiversity Research Theme Leader for the Plant and AgroBiosciences Centre (PABC) at NUIG and Series Editor (with Michael Halewood) of Issues in Agricultural Biodiversity, a series of books published by Earthscan from Routledge in association with Bioversity International.




Master of International and Community Development, Faculty of Arts, Deakin University, Australia, 2011

Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development, Imperial College at Wye, University of London, England, 2005

PhD Agriculture, University of Sydney, Australia, 1991

MSc Seed Technology, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 1986

BSc Applied Biology, University of East London, England, 1985.

Publication highlights:

Connecting Global Priorities: Biodiversity and Human Health - A State of Knowledge Review (Lead coordinating author).

Fanzo, J and Hunter, D., Borelli, T. and Mattei, F. (2013) Diversifying Food and Diets: Using Agricultural Biodiversity to Improve Nutrition and Health. Issues in Agricultural Biodiversity, Earthscan for Routledge, UK

Iosefa, T., Taylor, M., Hunter, D. and Tuia, V (2013). Supporting farmers’ access to the global gene pool and participatory selection in taro in the Pacific. In, De Boef, W.S., N. Peroni, A. Subedi and M.H. Thijssen (eds.) 2012. Community Biodiversity Management: Promoting Resilience and the Conservation of Plant Genetic Resources. Earthscan for Routledge, UK