Rein van der Hoek is a livestock scientist and his research portfolio includes multi-purpose forage options aimed at improving animal production, natural resources management, climate change mitigation and adaptation in mixed crop-livestock systems and ex-ante environmental impact modelling.
As coordinator of the CGIAR Research Program on Livestock based in Nicaragua, he has focused on the interface between research, development, private and public sector actors.
He graduated in Tropical Animal Production at Wageningen University in 1986. Between 1988 and 2000 he was involved in research and development work in Burkina Faso, Zambia, India and Haiti. In 2001, he joined the Department of Agricultural Communication and Extension at the University of Hohenheim to collaborate in a research project on multipurpose forages implemented by CIAT.
He finished his PhD in 2009, and has been working since 2006 as a senior scientist in the Tropical Forages Program based in Central America and in West Africa (since 2022).