Wageningen, The Netherlands
March 15, 2012
Wageningen University, part of Wageningen UR, has appointed Dr Pablo Tittonell as Professor of Organic Farming Systems with effect from 1 March 2012.
The Organic Production Systems Group focuses on analysing, redesigning and evaluating organic and other so-called low-input farming systems. The use of natural processes is optimised and input from outside and losses to the surroundings are minimised. The ultimate goal is high-quality agriculture, based as far as possible on closed cycles, as well as on healthy soil, healthy crops and animals, and socially-acceptable management. The farming systems are studied within an eco-system context, whereby quantitative system analysis and model building are important integrating instruments.
Prof. Tittonell is particularly keen to apply his vision by focusing more attention on the social-economic consequences felt by farmers who change to organic farming methods, and on the interaction between man and nature and the benefits to ecology and the landscape when organic farming methods are deployed.
Pablo Adrián Tittonell (Argentina, 1971) studied in Wageningen and Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was awarded a PhD with honours in 2007, specialising in production ecology. In 2009, he attained the French title HDR (Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches), which enables him to supervise PhD candidates as part of his research duties.
Up until recently, Tittonell was researcher and team leader at CIRAD (Centre de coopération International en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement) in Montpellier, a prestigious French research institute for the tropics. The main focus of his research at CIRAD was on smallholders in Africa. Tittonell was stationed in Zimbabwe, but his team also worked in West-Africa, Brazil and Vietnam.