Andrew Jarvis

Program Management Committee, Theme Leader

Dr. Andy Jarvis is the Leader of the Decision and Policy Analysis Program in the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and is a Theme Leader for the Research Program for Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), and is based in Cali, Colombia.  

He has a PhD in Geography from King’s College London, having studied the micro-scale distribution of diversity in tropical tree species in the Amazon and the Andes.  

Andy has 10 years experience of cutting edge scientific research in developing countries to support the goals of alleviating poverty and protecting essential ecosystem services.  

His research has focused on the use of spatial analysis and environmental modeling to address issues such as agricultural biodiversity conservation, adaptation to climate change, and maintenance of ecosystem services.  

Over the past ten years Andy has published over 50 articles, book chapters or books, with over 20 of these in peer-reviewed articles published in international journals.  Andy has also worked as a consultant to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on developing climate change strategies to conserve agricultural biodiversity, and been a consultant on a variety of projects for the European Union, Global Environment Facility amongst others.  

In 2003 Dr. Jarvis won the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) C-8 Genetic Resources award for best research paper stemming from his work on conservation prioritization research for wild peanuts in Latin America, and in 2009 received the prestigious Ebbe Nielsen award for innovative research in bioinformatics and biosystematics.


Some recent publications

Jarvis A, Lau C, Cook S, Wollenberg E, Hansen J, Bonilla O, Challinor A. 2011. An Integrated Adaptation and Mitigation Framework for Developing Agricultural Research: Synergies and Trade-Offs. Experimental Agriculture, 47, pp 185-203 doi:10.1017/S0014479711000123.

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Jarvis, A., Touval, JL, Castro, M., Sotomayor, L., Hyman, GG, 2009, Assessment of threats to ecosystems in South America, Journal of Nature Conservation available online at

Jimenez, Daniel, Cockd, James, Satizabal, Hector, Barreto, Miguel A, Perez, Andres, Jarvis, Andy, and Van Damme, Patrick, 2009, Analysis of Andean blackberry (Rubus glaucus) production models obtained by means of artificial neural networks exploiting information collected by small-scale growers in Colombia and publicly available meteorological data: Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 69 (2), 198-208.

Leibing, Christoph, Van Zonneveld, Maarten, Jarvis, Andy, and Dvorak, William, 2009, Adaptation of tropical and subtropical pine plantation forestry to climate change: Realignment of Pinus patula and Pinus tecunumanii genotypes to 2020 planting site climates: Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research, 24, 483-493.

Van Zonneveld, M., Koskela,J., Vinceti,B., and Jarvis, A., 2009, Impact of climate change on the distribution of tropical pines in Southeast Asia: Unasylva, 60, 24-29

Van Zonneveld, M.; Jarvis, A.; Dvorak, W.; Lema, G.; Leibing, C. 2009. Climate change Impact predictions on Pinus patula and pinus tecunumanii populations in Mexico and Central America, Forest Ecology and Management, 257(7): 1566-1576.

Jarvis, A., Lane A., Hijmans R., 2008, The effect of climate change on crop wild relatives, Agriculture, Ecosystem and Environment, Vol. 126, Issues 1-2, pp. 13-23.

Lane, A; Jarvis, A. 2007. Changes in Climate will Modify the Geography of Crop Suitability: Agricultural Biodiversity can Help with Adaptation.. Journal of the Semi-Arid Tropics. Volume 4: Issue 1.