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Anthony Whitbread

Role in Dryland Systems: 

Center Coordinator

Home organization: 

International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)

Position in home organization: 

Centre Coordinator - ICRISAT


Dr Anthony Whitbread joined ICRISAT as Research Program Director, Resilient Dryland Systems in April 2014.  This program is one of the four major research programs at ICRISAT and conducts applied research across south Asia and sub-Saharan Africa with a focus on managing climatic risk and soil fertility in mixed smallholder farming systems.

An Australian by birth, Anthony holds a PhD from the University of New England, Armidale in 1997 for a thesis on managing soil fertility in the crop rotations of the northern Australian grains belt.

He has spent most of his career working in mixed dryland systems in Australia, SE Asia and Southern Africa. He has worked for UNE (2 years), CSIRO (13 years) and the University of Goettingen, Germany (3.5 years). Throughout his career, Anthony has worked in smallholder mixed systems of SE Asia, and for the recent decade in Southern and Eastern Africa on the use of tropical legumes for improving forage and grain production and using crop modelling to devise strategies to manage risk in maize based systems. In recognition of these efforts, he received the “2006 CSIRO Learning Culture Award” and in 2013 the CSIRO team medal for ‘Impact from Science’ for having profound impact on the adoption of water use efficient practices in the Australian Grains Industry.

 He has authored more than 44 journal articles and book chapters and >100 conference, industry and consultancy publications on farming systems research and food production in smallholder agriculture. Anthony is a reviewer for the Swiss National Research Foundation, editorial board member of Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems and Associate Editor for Food Security.