Dr John Ingram is Food Systems Programme Leader in the University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute (ECI). He gained extensive experience during the 1980s working in East and Southern Africa, and South Asia in agriculture, forestry and agroecology research projects. In 1991 he was recruited by the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) to help organise and coordinate research on global change and agroecology as part of International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme. In 2001 he was appointed Executive Officer for the Earth System Science Partnership’s Joint Project ‘Global Environmental Change and Food Systems’ (GECAFS). On the close of GECAFS in 2011, he was appointed as NERC’s ‘Food Security Leader’, then joined ECI in 2013 to establish the Food Systems Programme.
Dr Ingram has led substantial projects in the UK, Europe, south Asia, southern Africa and the Caribbean, and he has had substantial interaction with many international organizations, especially the UN-FAO and CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research). He has worked closely with national departments, agencies and NGOs and businesses in the food sector, helping to establish research on the links between food security and environment through the analysis of food systems. He has published widely on environmental and food security issues.