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Meldrum, Gennifer

Research Officer, Sustainable Food Systems

Gennifer is an ecologist supporting the implementation of interdisciplinary projects promoting the use of neglected and underutilized species for climate change resilience, nutrition, and income generation. She works with local partners and a team of agronomists, economists, and nutritionists to identify high potential local crops, bottlenecks for their use, and approaches to promote their use for the benefit of the poor and vulnerable. A special focus of Gennifer's research is on the role of hardy, underutilized crops in diversifying production systems for better resilience to climate change and variability.

Gennifer started at Bioversity International in May 2012 with an internship funded by the Biodiversity Research Centre at the University of British Columbia where she completed her Master’s thesis in spatial community ecology. She has a broad experience base with research and environmental consulting in diverse natural landscapes in Canada and agroecosystems in India, Nepal, Guatemala, Bolivia and Mali.



MSc in Community Ecology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (2012)

BSc in Biological Sciences, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada (2008)

Publications highlights:

Meldrum, G.; Padulosi, S.; Lochetti, G.; Robitaille, R.; Diulgheroff, S. Issues and Prospects for the Sustainable Use and Conservation of Cultivated Vegetable Diversity for More Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture. Agriculture2018, 8, 112

Meldrum, G.E., Mijatović, D., Rojas, W., Flores, J., Pinto, M., Mamani, G., Condori, E., Hilaquita, D., Gruberg, H., and Padulosi, S. 2017. Climate change and crop diversity: farmers’ perceptions and adaptation on the Bolivian Altiplano. Environment, Development and Sustainability, doi:10.1007/s10668-016-9906-4

Meldrum, G.E. and Padulosi, S. 2017. 'Neglected no more: Leveraging underutilized crops to address global challenges'. In Routledge Handbook of Agricultural Biodiversity (Hunter, D., Guarino, L, Spillane, C. and McKeown, eds). Taylor & Francis Ltd, London, UK.