Dr. Lynam has over 30 years’ experience in tropical agricultural research in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. His expertise centres on smallholder-led agricultural development in the tropics. Much of his work has focused directly on agricultural research in both national and international systems, working within commodity, farming system, and NRM programs.

An independent consultant since mid-2000, Dr. Lynam has worked with international development organizations such as The World Bank, FAO, ILRI, the World Fish Centre, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Vegetable Centre and the CGIAR. His previous employment has been with, among others, Kilimo Trust in Uganda, the Food Security Division of the Rockefeller Foundation in Kenya, the Cassava Program of Centro International de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT) in Colombia, and visiting research fellow at the Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi, Kenya.

Dr. Lynam has authored or co-authored over 42 publications on agricultural research in the developing world. Among these, he has co-authored two major monographs relating to African agriculture and development.

In addition to the World Agroforestry Centre, Dr. Lynam is currently serving on two other advisory panels, and over the past two decades has served as a board member or advisor to four other international agricultural research programs. Dr. Lynam holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. from Stanford University Food Research Institute, and a B.S. in Agricultural Economics from Ohio State University.