Barbara Gemmill-Herren

Barbara Gemmill-Herren

Senior Associate

World Agroforestry Center


Dr. Barbara Gemmill-Herren, until she retired in 2015, was Delivery Manager, for the Major Area of Work on Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). She was previously Executive Director of Environment Liaison Centre International, an international environmental non-governmental organization based in Nairobi, Kenya. She helped to establish the African Pollinator Initiative, and was a professor at University of Nairobi, supervising post graduate students in pollination ecology. Within the FAO, she was the coordinator of the International Pollinator Initiative.  In this capacity, she built and coordinated a global project on Pollination Services, implemented in Brazil, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, India, Pakistan and Nepal.  In her last five years at FAO, she was been responsible for FAO’s work on Ecosystem Services in Agricultural Production, and was engaged in FAO’s new focus on Agroecology. Since leaving FAO, she has been a contributor to the UN initiative on “The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Agriculture and Food” – exploring True Cost Accounting in Agriculture – and has led the “Beacons of Hope” initiative of the Global Alliance for the Future of Food.  This initiative seeks to develop a framework bringing together evidence and stories of transitions towards more sustainable food and agriculture systems.  In April 2018 she was appointed to the UN Committee on Food Security’s High Level Panel of Experts project team on ‘Agroecological approaches and other innovations for sustainable agrifood systems that enhance food security and nutrition'

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