CIMMYT - Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maiz y Trigo
Director Sustainable Intensification Program
Dr. Bruno Gérard, a Belgian national, is director of the sustainable intensification program at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), based in Mexico.
He earned a master degree in agricultural engineering from University Catholique de Louvain (1986), a master degree in irrigation engineering from Utah State University (1990), and a PhD in agronomy from University of Hohenheim in 2000.
Bruno has a long acquaintance with the CGIAR. From 1991 to 2008, he worked at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) based in Niger, first as a research station manager and then as a scientist leading agronomy projects in the region, with a special focus on soil fertility and risk management. In 2008, he joined the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Ethiopia as coordinator of the system-wide livestock program, an initiative enhancing collaborations between CGIAR centers for integrated research on smallholder crop-livestock systems.
Since joining CIMMYT in 2011, Dr. Gérard leads a team of international scientists working in maize and wheat-based systems of Africa, Asia and Latin America. With research and development partners, his program develops, validates and scales agronomy practices and technologies aiming at increasing productivity, profitability, resilience, stability of farming systems while preserving the environment.