Peter Läderach is the Leader of the Climate-Smart Technologies and Practices Flagship of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and is based in Rome, Italy. He's currently also seconded to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) as a Principal Climate Scientist on behalf of CCAFS.
Peter led the expansion of CIAT's Climate Change program to Central America, Africa and Asia, with extensive work experience in more than 15 countries. He has nearly 20 years of research experience in developing countries to support the goals of alleviating poverty, adapting to and mitigating climate change, building resilience and protecting the environment. He also led climate change assessments of the International Fund for Agricultural Development investment plans globally and advised WFP on its climate programming.
Peter holds an MSc in Geography and a PhD in Tropical Agriculture (summa cum laude). He has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and books.
Some recent publications
Bunn C, Läderach P, Ovalle Rivera O, Kirschke D. 2015. A bitter cup: climate change profile of global production of Arabica and Robusta coffee. Climatic Change 129(1-2):89–101.
Díaz Nieto J, Fisher M, Cook S, Läderach P, Lundy M. 2012. Weather Indices for Designing Micro-Insurance Products for Small-Holder Farmers in the Tropics. PLoS ONE 7(6):e38281.
Gourdji S, Läderach P, Martinez Valle A, Zelaya Martinez C, Lobell DB. 2015. Historical climate trends, deforestation, and maize and bean yields in Nicaragua. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 200:270–281.
Jha S, Bacon CM, Philpott SM, Mendez VE, Läderach P, Rice R. 2014. Shade Coffee: Update on a Disappearing Refuge for Biodiversity. BioScience 64(5):416-428.
Läderach P, Martinez-Valle A, Schroth G, Castro N. 2013. Predicting the future climatic suitability for cocoa farming of the world’s leading producer countries, Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. Climatic Change 199(3-4):841-854.
Läderach P, Oberthür T, Cook S, Estrada Iza M, Pohlan JA, Fisher M, Rosales Lechuga R. 2011. Systematic agronomic farm management for improved coffee quality. Field Crops Research 120(3):321–329.
Rahn E, Läderach P, Baca M, Cressy C, Schroth G, Malin D, van Rikxoort H, Shriver J. 2014. Climate change adaptation, mitigation and livelihood benefits in coffee production: where are the synergies? Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change 19(8):1119–1137.
Ramirez-Villegas J, Jarvis A, Läderach P. 2011. Empirical approaches for assessing impacts of climate change on agriculture: The EcoCrop model and a case study with grain sorghum. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 170:67-78.
Vermeulen SJ, Challinor AJ, Thornton PK, Campbell BM, Eriyagama N, Vervoort JM, Kinyangi J, Jarvis A, Läderach P, Ramirez-Villegas J, Nicklin KJ, Hawkins E, and Daniel R. Smith. 2013. Addressing uncertainty in adaptation planning for agriculture. PNAS 110(21):8357–8362.