International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Texcoco, Mexico
Bram Govaerts is currently Strategy Lead for Sustainable Intensification in Latin America at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT). He is dedicated to turning subsistence agriculture and failed farming systems into productive and sustainable production units that make it possible for farmers to escape hunger and poverty in the developing world. At CIMMYT, Govaerts leads the centers’ research on conservation agriculture, applying science to the development of sustainable farming practices and methods that are specifically designed to meet the challenges confronting the rural poor. Since 2007, Govaerts has led the Mexico based conservation agriculture program in CIMMYT. From 2003-2007 he was Research Associate with the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven conducting research for the Ph D dissertation. Bram Govaerts holds a Master and Bachelor of Science in Bioscience Engineering, specialization Soil Conservation in combination with Tropical Agriculture at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. Bram Govaerts has authored >58 peer reviewed journal articles, >19 book chapters and numerous papers in international conferences. Govaerts received the Development Cooperation Prize 2003 of the Belgian Federal Government and was appointed Belgian Official Representative of the International Youth Forum for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1997. Bram Govaerts received the 2014 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application, endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation on October 2014, in Des Moines, Iowa.