Mario, the project coordinator, is Chief Research Scientist and Office of the Chief Executive Science Leader at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)Agriculture and Food, Australia and Honorary Professor of Agriculture and Food Systems at the University of Queensland, Australia. He is a leader in global livestock systems research in the developing world and has more than 20 years’ experience working on strategic agricultural Research for development projects in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe.
A known team player, with an extensive network of partners and donors, he works all around the world in the areas of agriculture, food security and global change, sustainable development, climate change, and food nutrition. He has experience working at different scales, from the animal and farm level to the country, regional and global levels.
Before coming to Australia in 2013, Mario spent 12 years in Kenya, leading the Sustainable Livestock Futures and Climate Change programmes at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). He has coordinated multiple studies on the future of livestock systems for the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR; Future of Crop-Livestock Systems), The World Bank (African Livestock Futures), Department for International Development (DFID) and other donors (over 30 projects). Mario has led the development of the latest livestock productivity datasets for the LiveGAPS regions of interest.
Mario has published more than 300 scientific papers, book chapters and reports. Mario is currently very excited about food nutrition at a global scale. Read about recent research here!