Graham Thiele

Joe Tohme
Director of the RTB Program

Graham Thiele is leading the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas which brings together multiple partners to improve food security and reduce rural poverty through research for development. He provides intellectual leadership to develop a shared vision, build a strong partnership among participating centers, partners and other stakeholders and manages for outcomes.

Graham Thiele is a UK national, with an MSc in Agricultural Economics and a PhD in Anthropology from London and Cambridge Universities, respectively. He began his career at DFID in 1984 working on market opportunity studies, farming systems research, and research-extension liaison. He joined CIP in 1994, contributing to developing, testing, and disseminating approaches for promoting innovation in value chains through public private partnerships, participatory varietal selection and seed system development. In 2005, he became the leader of CIP’s Social and Health Sciences Division guiding work on targeting, priority setting, and impact and adoption studies of new agricultural technology and participatory methods. He has mentored and backstopped projects and scientists in Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Benin, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, the Philippines, and Indonesia. He has authored over 60 peer-reviewed articles, two books, numerous book chapters and magazine pieces.

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