James Kinyangi

Regional Program Leader
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Dr. James Kinyangi has over 15 years of experience in research and program management and coordination in crop-livestock integration, soil-crop modeling, soils and land management; water related poverty, as well as research partnerships that promote science and policy interactions on climate change, agriculture and food security in Africa. Dr. Kinyangi oversees the work of participating Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and non-CGIAR partners and coordinates actions that lead to coherent implementation of the CCAFS regional strategy, linking climate change, agriculture and food security. He is in charge of developing core activities with partners to contribute to research outputs and outcomes that are critical to achieving policy changes and address regional priorities around climate change adaptation and mitigation. He has written research articles on global change, ecosystem science, soils and land management in the tropics. Among his key contributions are the development of spatial x-ray pattern analyses for soils and the publication of pioneering work on the first nanometer scale image of soil.

Some recent publications

Schuetz T, Förch W, Thornton P, Wollenberg L, Hansen J, Jarvis A, Coffey K, Bonila-Findji O, Loboguerrero Rodriguez AM, Martínez Barón D, Aggarwal P, Sebastian L, Zougmoré R, Kinyangi J, Vermeulen S, Radeny M, Moussa A, Sajise A, Khatri-Chhetri A, Richards M, Jost C, Jay A. 2014. Lessons in Theory of Change from a Series of Regional Planning Workshops. Workshop Series Report. Copenhagen, Denmark: CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

Tall A, Hansen J, Jay A, Campbell B, Kinyangi J, Aggarwal PK, Zougmoré R. 2014. Scaling up climate services for farmers: Mission Possible. Learning from good practice in Africa and South Asia. CCAFS Report No. 13. Copenhagen, Denmark: CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

Campbell B, Wamukoya G, Kinyangi J, Verchot L, Wollenberg L, Vermeulen SJ, Minang PA, Neufeldt H, Vidal A, Loboguerrero Rodriguez AM, Hedger M. 2014. The Role of Agriculture in the UN Climate Talks. CCAFS Info Note. CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

Vermeulen SJ, Challinor AJ, Thornton PK, Campbell BM, Eriyagama N, Vervoort JM, Kinyangi J, Jarvis A, Läderach P, Villegas JR, Nicklin KJ, Hawkins E, Smith DR. 2013. Addressing uncertainty in adaptation planning for agriculture. PNAS  110(21):8357–8362. 

Campbell B, Kinyangi J, Nersisyan A, Leigh RA, Dibb-Leigh JA, Zougmoré RB, Seré C, Aggarwal P, Hoefner F. 2013. Perspectives: legislating change. Nature 501:S12-S14. 

Solomon D, Lehmann J, Wang J, Kinyangi J, Heymann K, Lu Y, Wirick S, Jacobsen C. 2012. Micro- and nano-environments of C sequestration in soil: A multi-elemental STXM–NEXAFS assessment of black C and organo-mineral associations. Science of the Total Environment 438:372-388. 

Solomon D, Lehmann J, Harden J, Wang J, Kinyangi J, Heymann K, Karunakaran C, Lu Y, Wirick S, Jacobsen C. 2012. Micro- and nano-environments of carbon sequestration: Multi-element STXM-NEXAFS spectromicroscopy assessment of microbial carbon and mineral associations. Chemical Geology 329:53-73.

Vermeulen S, Zougmoré  R, Wollenberg E, Thornton P, Nelson G, Kristjanson P, Kinyangi J, Jarvis A, Hansen J, Challinor A, Campbell B, Aggarwal P. 2011. Climate change, agriculture and food security: a global partnership to link research and action for low-income agricultural producers and consumers. Current Opinion In Environmental Sustainability 4(1):128-133.

Solomon D, Lehmann J, Kinyangi J, Pell A, Theis J, Riha S, Ngoze S, Amelung W, du Preez C, Machado S, Ellert B and Janzen H. 2009. Anthropogenic and climate influences on biogeochemical dynamics and molecular-level speciation of soil sulfur. Ecological Applications 19(4):989-1002.

Nguyen B T, Lehmann J, Kinyangi J, Smernik R, Riha SJ, Engelhard MH. 2008. Long-term black carbon dynamics in cultivated soil. Biogeochemistry 89(3):295-308.

Ngoze S, Riha S, Lehmann J, Kinyangi J, Verchot L, Mbugua D, Pell A. 2008. Nutrient constraints to tropical agroecosystem productivity in long-term degrading soils. Global Change Biology 14(12):2810-2822.