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Ali Nefzaoui

Role in Dryland Systems: 

chair - Flagship Coordinator

Home organization: 

International Center for Agricultural Reseach in the Dry Areas


Dr. Ali Nefzaoui obtained his M.Sc. from the Tunisian National Agricultural Institute and he holds a Ph.D. Animal Nutrition from the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium), January 1985

He started his career at INRA Tunisia in 1975 as head of animal nutrition laboratory and starting from 1989 head of the Department of livestock forage and pasture in the same institution. He spent a substantial part of his career as ICARDA consultant, starting from the coordination of the IFAD-funded Barani project in Pakistan; technical coordinator of the “Integrated Crop/Livestock Production Systems in the Low Rainfall Areas of West Asia and North Africa” (Mashreq-Maghreb Project III); technical coordinator of the ACIAR-funded project “Adapting conservation agriculture for rapid adoption by smallholder farmers in North Africa”. Ali contributed to the development of technologies related to livestock nutrition and management in arid lands, rangeland improvement and management, livestock/crop integration, technology transfer and participatory local development. He coordinated the FAO-ICARDA International Technical Cooperation Network on Cactus for 13 years (2000-2013) and organized several international congresses and symposium in collaboration with FAO, CIHEAM, IFAD and IFPRI. Ali Nefzaoui worked also as professor in animal science in national and international universities and supervised many MSc and PhD students. He obtained the “National Merit Award in Agriculture” delivered by H.E. the President of Republic Tunisia, May 12, 2003.  

He is author of more than 170 scientific papers published in refereed international journals, books and book chapters.