Eric Rahn

I am a scientist working in cropping and farming systems analysis, particularly in coffee and cacao in the context of climate resilient agriculture. I have worked with the Alliance since 2018 in collaboration with various national and international private and public sector partners in Latin America, West and East Africa and Southeast Asia. My research focuses on identifying innovative coffee and cacao systems that make use of the genetic and functional plant diversity and principles of circularity to design multifunctional agroecosystems which improve farmers livelihoods and ecosystem services. My work aims to advance agricultural advisory that responds to the local agroecological and socio-economic conditions acknowledging dynamic drivers at different spatial scales such as resource availability, price volatility and climatic variability. We explore how digital tools can assist in improving data collection and predictive analytics as well as scenario planning to enable decision support in tropical perennial agroecosystems.

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