Manuel Narjes

Manuel Narjes is the Lead Environmental and Agricultural Economist of the Multifunctional Landscapes Research Area at the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT (ABC), where he currently addresses the challenges and opportunities of integrating agroecology in value-chain upgrading plans within the framework of CGIAR’s Agroecology Initiative. He additionally leads ABC’s three components in the EU-DeSIRA project “Five Great Forests of Mesoamerica”, a collaboration with Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the Central American Commission for Environment and Development (CCAD), Re:wild, the Mesoamerican Alliance of Peoples and Forests (AMPB), civil society, and Indigenous communities. This project is co-creating a replicable model that aims at halting deforestation, protecting biodiversity and mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, by improving and adapting the livelihoods, agriculture, and food systems that impact Mesoamerica’s Five Forests.
Mr. Narjes, an alumnus of the University of Hohenheim, was awarded summa cum laude and the Südwestbank Award for outstanding scientific work for his PhD research on the economics of conserving pollinators in Thailand’s fruit growing regions, where he assessed the incentives that drive smallholders to engage in traditional beekeeping and conserving native pollinators. His research experience includes field work in Bhutan, Guatemala and Peru, where he has, among others, assessed socio-economic and environmental trade-offs faced by smallholders.