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Rob Bertram, chief scientist in USAID’s Bureau for Resilience and Food Security, will speak about "The Science of Feeding and Nourishing a Climate-challenged World." The seminar is from the Soil and Crop Sciences Section of SIPS and co-hosted by Cornell Atkinson and the Department of Global Development.

More information available at the SIPS event page.

About the speaker:
Rob Bertram is the Chief Scientist in USAID’s Bureau for Resilience and Food Security, where he serves as a key adviser on a range of technical and program issues to advance global food security and nutrition. In this role, he leads USAID’s evidence-based efforts to advance research, technology and implementation in support of the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative, Feed the Future.

He previously served as Director of the Office of Agricultural Research and Policy in the Bureau for Resilience and Food Security, which leads implementation of the Feed the Future research strategy and related efforts to scale innovations in global food security efforts, working with a range of partners. Prior to that, he guided USAID investments in agriculture and natural resources research for many years.

Dr. Bertram’s academic background in plant breeding and genetics includes degrees from University of California, Davis, the University of Minnesota and the University of Maryland. He also studied international affairs at Georgetown University and was a visiting scientist at Washington University in St. Louis. He has been especially active in plant genetic resources policy as it relates to research for development, including applications of biotechnology in food security-related research.

Before coming to USAID, he served with USDA's international programs as well as overseas with the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) system.

Date & Time

April 22, 2021
12:25 pm - 1:25 pm


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Contact Information

Andy McDonald

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Rob Bertram


School of Integrative Plant Science

Soil and Crop Sciences Section

Department of Global Development

USAID's Bureau for Resilience and Food Security

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