Richard is the Program Director of the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems. He has previously served as the Assistant Director at the United Nations University – Institute for Water, Environment and Health based at McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada, where he led the Drylands Threatened Ecosystem program, and as Director of the Natural Resources Management Programme at the International Centre for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas. He spent 12 years at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture in Colombia. In 2001 his research team at CIAT received the CGIAR’s Excellence in Science Award for Outstanding Partnership. Richard is currently the scientific coordinator for the Global Economics of Land Degradation Initiative.

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Land degradation is an underestimated global concern with far-reaching implications affecting the ability of land to provide food and incomes. Globally, a large portion of the vulnerable human populations—the rural poor—live on degrading and less-favored agricultural lands without market access. Heterogeneous solutions that ensure both …

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