This discussion features Dr. Roger Leakey, a crop physiologist and tree biologist who has worked in forestry and agroforestry aimed to reverse deforestation and desertification in the tropics.
About Roger Leakey
Vice Chair of International Tree Foundation
Born and brought up in Kenya, Roger has had a successful career as a research scientist in tree biology working on the interface of tropical agriculture, horticulture, forestry, ecology, and to some extent social science, around the world, but primarily in Africa. He has been Professor of Agroecology and Sustainable Development at James Cook University, Cairns, Australia; Head of tropical Ecology at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Edinburgh, Scotland, and Director of Research at the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry in Nairobi, Kenya. He has done consultancy work around the tropics for many international development agencies and was a Coordinating Lead Author in the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development.
Roger has a D.Sc. for his work on tree domestication and a Ph.D. in plant physiology. He also has a B.Sc. and diplomas in practical agriculture. He holds a number of Fellowships (FIBiol, CBiol, FRGS) and is a Fellow of both the Faculty of Science of Edinburgh University and of the World Agroforestry Centre. He is Vice-president of the International Society of Tropical Foresters. Roger is the author of a popular science book on the role of tropical trees in environmental rehabilitation, and the alleviation of poverty, malnutrition and hunger. It is entitled “Living with the Trees of Life: Towards the Transformation of Tropical Agriculture” and was published in 2012 by CABI. (www.rogerleakey.com)