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Bruce Campbell Ph.D.
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Dr Bruce Campbell has degrees in Ecology from Cape Town (B.Sc. Hons.), Minnesota (M.Sc.) and Utrecht (Ph.D.), but has increasingly moved into inter-disciplinary work, championing new approaches to doing applied research on natural resource management. He is Director of the CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) (, and a staff member of the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). He operates out of the CCAFS office at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.

CCAFS taps into the complementary strengths of the international agricultural system (CGIAR) and the Earth Systems Science Partnership (ESSP), and their respective partners, to address the most pressing and complex challenge to food security in the 21st century. The collaboration brings together some of the world's best researchers in agricultural science, development research, climate science and Earth System science.

He serves on several editorial boards, and is a scientific committee member of PECS, the ICSU Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society.

He was previously based in Zimbabwe, Indonesia and Australia, where he has worked in agricultural and forestry research for development. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and more than a dozen books.

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Climate Change: Half a Degree Will Make a World of Difference for the Food We Eat

(3) Comments | Posted December 9, 2015 | 5:48 PM

The choice between a 1.5 and two degree C global warming target means choosing between different futures for our food system. Photo: Neil Palmer (CIAT)

World leaders are now debating whether to aim at limiting global warming to two degree C or...

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Agriculture: The Smartest Investment for Sustainable Development

(1) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 12:04 PM

Photo: M. DeFreese (CIMMYT)

Earlier this year, Rajesh Birsingh, a farmer from Maharashtra, India, watched helplessly as his wheat crop was destroyed in an unexpected downpour. He lost 40 percent of his harvest. He was in debt. He and his family were...

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Backed by Solid Science, Agriculture Climbs the International Climate Change Agenda

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 7:38 AM

Photo: Cecilia Schubert (CCAFS)

Despite getting explicit mention in the original climate change treaty, agriculture has never been amongst the key issues at subsequent climate negotiations. Quite a surprise considering the headline facts and figures. As a source of greenhouse gas (GHG)...

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Taking HeforShe to the Farm

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 1:34 PM

Gender equality cannot be reached without engaging men as well as women in the fight. When launching the UN's recent "HeforShe" campaign, actor and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson asked: "how can we change the world if only half of it is participating in the conversation?"


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Calling on Half a Billion Farmers to Join the "Climate-Smart" Revolution

(1) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 10:36 AM

In South Asia farmers are using lasers to level their lands, which can reduce the amount of water needed for their rice crops by 25 to 30 percent.

In Nigeria, 14 million farmers have registered with the government via their cell phones, a communications conduit now used to send coupons...

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How Climate-smart Agriculture Is Improving the Lives of Millions Around the World

(3) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 5:00 PM

We've documented success stories from farming communities around the world

Climate-smart agriculture success stories

The world's climate is changing fast, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future, no matter what measures we now take to reduce humankind's impact...

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Climate-proofing Africa's Lifeline: Water

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 4:34 PM

One billion people around the world go hungry every day. In fifteen years time, there will be another billion people on the planet who will need food and water just like everybody else. Climate change compounds this problem, particularly in Africa, where life is especially sensitive to rises in temperatures,...

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Hotter, Dryer -- Greener? Dryland Farming Confronts Climate Change

(1) Comments | Posted December 4, 2012 | 11:23 AM

Farmers in the dry lands must go green in a changing climate. Photo: World Bank

Farmers in the dry lands can and must go green in a changing climate....

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Future Gazing for Our Food Supply

(8) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 4:10 PM

How many of us have wished we could predict the future? To gaze into a crystal ball and see our fate in 50 years time? Although we dismiss this as impossibility, a group of agricultural researchers from around the globe are coming together to do just that, and examine the...

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A New Vision for Sustainable Agriculture for Rio+20 Summit

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2012 | 4:06 PM

The new vision for sustainable development that will emerge this week from the Rio+20 Earth Summit must recognize the significance of agriculture in economic growth, food security, poverty reduction and long-term environmental sustainability. On June 18 in Rio de Janeiro, at the fourth Agriculture and Rural Development Day...

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RIO+20 and Sustainable Agriculture: How to Feed the World Without Wrecking the Planet?

(7) Comments | Posted June 11, 2012 | 10:46 AM

In the run-up to RIO+20, the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), CGIAR, the global agricultural research partnership, issued a call to action. In this seven-point plan, CGIAR outlines how agricultural research for development can contribute to a more sustainable, food-secure future.

I interviewed Dr. Frank Rijsberman, the...

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Rio+20: Getting Global Governance to Work for Hunger and Climate Change

(4) Comments | Posted June 7, 2012 | 3:37 PM

Agriculture stands at the nexus of three of humankind's greatest challenges in the 21st century: achieving food and nutritional security, adapting to a changing climate that will severely hit agricultural production, and making a significant contribution to reducing the environmental footprint of agriculture. As the Commission on Sustainable...

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Food Security: A Ripe Opportunity For The G8

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2012 | 9:16 AM

This piece is part of a series of blogs by leading NGOs to call attention to a range of issues that should be raised at the G8 summit at Camp David in rural Maryland from May 18-19.

The upcoming G8 summit gives world leaders an important opportunity to address some...

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