Host: John Parkins
Alessandro (Alex) de Pinto – Climate smart agriculture
Marty Luckert – Adoption and adaptation of practices and technologies
Alessandro (Alex) De Pinto is a Professor of Climate Change and Food Security at the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Greenwhich. He is an environmental and natural resource economist with more than 20 years of experience working in economically depressed areas. Dr. De Pinto has a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Consumer Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA with a specialization in agricultural policies and environmental and resource economics. He has conducted research in Latin America, South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa with a focus on climate smart agriculture, risk management, resilience and low emissions development strategies. Prior to joining the University of Greenwich, Dr. De Pinto was as Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington D.C. and was Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Redlands in California. At IFPRI, he led the Institute’s work on climate change and was liaison between IFPRI and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security. He has published extensively on issues related to climate change, food security, land use change and natural resources management in leading journals and has a broad experience engaging with foreign governmental agencies, government officials and ministries in the Global South.
Marty Luckert is a professor in the Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology at the University of Alberta. He specializes in forest and natural resource, policy and economics. He has worked domestically and abroad on natural resource management and development issues. His expertise includes forest tenure policy, biofuels, land use change, and livelihoods in developing countries. Marty has served on numerous forest and natural resource policy committees across Canada and internationally.