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Hunter, Danny

Global Project Coordinator, Senior Scientist

Danny Hunter is Senior Scientist in the Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems initiative and Global Project Coordinator of the GEF-funded Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition (BFN) Project, which includes Brazil, Kenya, Sri Lanka and Turkey. He has 25 years’ experience working in over 30 countries, covering most regions of the world, specializing in the conservation and sustainable use of crop and tree genetic resources and their role in linking sustainable agriculture, environment, health and nutrition.

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 is part of the leadership team for the Healthy Food Systems node, Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney. He also holds 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 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.


Publication Highlights:

van Zonneveld, M., Larranaga, N., Blonder, B., Coradin, L., Hormaza, J.I. and Hunter, D. (2018) Human diet revives megafauna fruits in the Neotropics. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115(13); 3326-3331

Lachat, C., Raneri, J., Walker Smitk, K., Kolsteren, P., Van Damme, P., Penafiel, D., Vanhove, W., Kennedy, G., Hunter, D., Oduor Odhiambo, F., Ntandou-Bouzitou, G., De Baets, B., Ratnasekera, D., The Ky, H., Remans, R. and Termote, C. (2017) Dietary species richness as a measure of biodiversity and nutritional quality of diets. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115(1); 127-132.

Hunter, D., Guarino, L., Spillane, C., and McKeown, P. (2017) Handbook of Agricultural Biodiversity. Routledge, UK. 692 pages