John Recha

Scientist, Climate-Smart Agriculture and Policy
International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)


What’s your role at AICCRA and the journey that led you here?  

I provide technical guidance and support the development, implementation and mainstreaming of climate-smart agriculture (CSA) technologies and practices across all areas of intervention in landscapes including crops, livestock, aquaculture, agroforestry, irrigation, and land management. I also inform regional and national policy directions to increase climate resilience, linked to food and nutrition security.

I have a PhD in Soil and Crop Sciences with minor specialization in both International Agriculture and Rural Development as well as Soil and Water Engineering from Cornell University. The training and subsequent Participatory Action Research postdoctoral work experience enabled me to better understand impacts of global warming hence the need for innovative strategies and CSA technologies to adjust farming practices.

Tell us why you think AICCRA can deliver on a climate-smart future for Africa?

The project's actions seek to transform food systems in Africa under a changing climate by jointly addressing food security and climate related challenges. This is done by uniting agriculture, development, and climate change under a common agenda through integrating the dimensions of sustainable development that include economic, social, and environmental factors.