Dr Mario Herrero Acosta

Chief Research Scientist

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Biography

Professor Mario Herrero CorrFRSE is a Chief Research Scientist at CSIRO Agriculture and Food. He has more than 20 years’ experience working on strategic agricultural research for development projects in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe. Before coming to Australia in 2013, he spent 12 years in Kenya, leading the Sustainable Livestock Futures and Climate Change programmes at the International Livestock Research Institute.

A known team player, with an extensive network of partners and donors, Mario works in the areas of agriculture, food security and global change, targeting agricultural investments in the developing world, sustainable development pathways for smallholder systems, ex-ante impact assessment, climate change (impacts, adaptation and mitigation), development of scenarios of livelihoods and nutrition futures, multi-scale integrated assessment, and others. He has experience working at different scales, from the animal and farm level to the country, regional and global levels. He has coordinated several global and regional integrated assessments initiatives such as the African Livestock Futures Report for the Office of the UN Special Representative on Food Security, and the CGIAR global assessment of food production systems, ecosystems services and human well-being to 2030.

Mario participates in key global initiatives on agriculture and global change that shape the research agenda on food and nutrition security. Examples of these are the EAT–Lancet Commission on Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems, the Lancet Commission on Obesity, the IPCC Special Report on Climate Change, Food Security and Land, the IPCC 5th Assessment in the area of agricultural greenhouse gas mitigation, the US National Academy of Sciences high level panel on the Future of Agriculture and Food, as well as on numerous other international assessments including the World Development Report, State of Food and Agriculture, Global Nutrition Report and Human Development Report.

Mario has published more than 400 fully refereed papers, book chapters and reports in his areas of expertise. He is currently on the editorial boards of The Lancet Planetary Health, Agricultural Systems, Global Food Security, Agriculture and Food Security, Tropical Grasslands, Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, and has been a guest editor for the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal (PNAS).

Mario is a Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (CorrFRSE), an Associate Fellow of Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, and an Honorary Professor of Agriculture and Food Innovation at the University of Queensland, Australia.

Academic Qualifications

  • 1998

    PhD Ecology and Resource Management
    The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland

Other highlights

  • 2019-present

    Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

  • 2018-present

    Associate Fellow of Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs

  • 2017-present

    Lead Author, Land, Food Security and Climate Change Special Report, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

  • 2016-present

    Member of the EAT–Lancet Commission on Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems

  • 2015-present

    Member of The Lancet Commission on Obesity

  • 2015-2016

    Advisor, US National Academy of Sciences high level panel on the Future of Agriculture and Food

  • 2014-present

    Advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on the livestock strategy

  • 2014-2014

    Contributing author, IPCC AR5 Assessment, Mitigation Working Group

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2017-present

    Editorial Board - The Lancet Planetary Health

  • 2017-present

    Editorial Board - Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems

  • 2012-present

    Editorial Board - Agriculture and Food Security

  • 2012-present

    Editorial Board - Global Food Security

  • 2012-present

    Editorial Board - Tropical Grasslands

  • 2011-2013

    Guest Editor - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

  • 2002-present

    Editorial Board - Agricultural Systems

Publications

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