Role in Dryland Systems:
Dr. Mauricio R. Bellon is Principal Scientist at Bioversity International. Previously he was Program Director, Diversity for Livelihoods Program, at the same institution. He received his MS and PhD in ecology at the University of California, Davis and his undergraduate degree in agronomy from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico.
He leads research on the reasons, incentives and dynamics of crop diversity in agricultural systems—both at the inter-specific and infra-specific levels—in the developing world; the use of participatory methods in the development of agricultural technologies relevant for the rural poor; and on the impacts of new agricultural technologies on farmers’ livelihoods. Previously, he has worked for the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He is a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences.
He has co-authored several scientific papers such as Climate change and on-farm conservation of crop landraces in centres of diversity, Assessing the vulnerability of traditional maize seed systems in Mexico to climate change, and Planting hybrids, keeping landraces: Agricultural modernization and tradition among small-scale farmers in Chiapas, Mexico.