richard.jones

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Title: 
Dr.
Full name: 
Richard Jones
First Name: 
Richard
Surname: 
Jones
Function: 
Advisory Committee

History

Member for
3 years 8 months
Institute: 
AGRA
Country: 
Kenya
Career: 

Richard Jones – Chief of Party for the Scaling Seeds and Technologies Partnership in Africa

Richard, who has more than 30 years of experience living and working in Africa, received a PhD from Reading University in 1989 and subsequently accepted a postdoctoral fellowship with the Rockefeller Foundation in Malawi working as a maize agronomist. After Malawi he worked both for the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and the International Fertilizer Developmnt Center (IFDC) focusing on how to get superior varieties and better fertilizers into the hands of smallholder farmers. His research interests included the integration of legumes into maize-based systems, seed systems development, and better fertilizer management to increase productivity and profitability of smallholder farmers. Beginning in August 2013, Richard took up an appointment with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) as Chief of Party for the Scaling Seeds and Technologies Partnership in Africa that is supported by Feed the Future through USAID. The Partnership works in six countries – Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Senegal and Tanzania – and supports the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition by identifying superior food crop varieties and complementary tchnologies for scaling through competitive grant making with the aim of increasing production of high-quality seeds by 45% and ensuring that 40% more farmers gain access to innovative agricultural technologies.