Dr. Pedro Sanchez,
Visiting Professor, Environmental Science Policy and Management,
University of California,
Dr. Sanchez is a visiting
professor of tropical resources at the University of California,
Berkeley's department of Environmental Science Policy and Management.
His professional career has been dedicated to improving the management
of tropical soils for sustained food production and protection of
the natural resource base.
Dr. Sanchez is author
of Properties and Management of Soils of the Tropics, editor
of 10 other books, and author of more than 120 scientific articles
in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. He is a fellow of the American
Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America, adjunct
professor of Tropical Conservation at Duke University (USA), and
honorary professor of the Universidad Nacional de la Amazonía
Peruana in Iquitos, Peru. He chairs the Soil Fertility and Plant
Nutrition Commission of the International Soil Science Society.
Dr. Sanchez is the former
director general of the International Center for Research on Agroforestry
(ICRAF) a position he held since 1991. Dr. Sanchez was responsible
for the overall scientific leadership and management of the Center
and he chairs ICRAF's Management Committee. In addition, he chaired
the Global Steering Group of the systemwide Alternatives to Slash-and-Burn
Programme and the Committee on Sustainability and the Environment
of the CGIAR centre directors, and represented the CGIAR on the
Soil Fertility Initiative for Africa.
He is co-editor-in-chief
of Agroforestry Systems. Dr Sanchez is Professor Emeritus of Soil
Science and Forestry at North Carolina State University (USA).
A native of Cuba, he
received his BS, MS and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University in
the USA. He joined the faculty of North Carolina State University