Philip Thornton

Philip Thornton

Philip Thornton leads the “Priorities and Policies for Climate-Smart Agriculture” Flagship of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). He is hosted by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, Kenya, where he is a Principal Scientist, and based in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is an Honorary Professor in the School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh.  His research centres on assessing, prioritizing and targeting adaptation options and policy support in smallholder farming system. He received a BSc (Hons)  degree in agricultural systems from Reading University in the UK and a PhD in farm management from Lincoln College in New Zealand. He has over thirty-five years’ experience in agricultural research for development in many countries throughout the tropics and subtropics, particularly in Africa and Latin America. He has contributed to several global assessments in the area of agriculture and food systems, including the IAASTD and the IPCC’s Fourth and Fifth Assessment reports.  He is a Lead Author for the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report, for Working Group II and contributed to background papers for the UN's 2021 Food Systems Summit