IFPRI Research Fellow / PBS Leader Policy Team
Working in biotechnology and plant breeding impact and capacity assessment issues since 1991, José Falck-Zepeda has a Ph.D. and a M.S. in Agricultural Economics. He worked as an Assistant Professor at Escuela Agricola Panamericana (Zamorano University), a Post Doctoral Fellow at Auburn University, and a Research Officer at the International Service for National Agricultural Research (ISNAR) Biotechnology Service.He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committees for the Value Addition to Genomics and GE3LS (VALGEN) project and the International Consortium of Applied Bioeconomy Research (ICABR). Jose has published a growing number of peer reviewed and communication/outreach materials on biotechnology, biosafety, innovation, plant breeding, crop improvement, socio-economic assessments, and other institutional issues related to agriculture and food policy. His team’s policy research has informed decisions in Uganda, Indonesia, Kenya, and the Philippines. He has organized information meetings on socio-economic and biosafety topics at the COP-MOP4 in Bonn and the COP-MOP5 in Nagoya; and has developed publications, policy briefs, training materials, and workshops on socio-economic, biotechnology, and biosafety decisionmaking in developing countries. He works primarily in the Philippines, Uganda, Kenya, Indonesia, Honduras, Colombia, Burkina Faso, and at the regional/global level. His work on biotechnology is driven by his excitement about the possibility of supporting the development of functional biosafety systems, which in turn will enhance the possibility of developing biotechnology applications that will contribute to alleviating poverty, ensuring food security, and creating wealth and prosperity to people in developing countries, including his home country of Honduras.