Food Systems Transformation Associate
Dr. James Wangu is a Food System Transformation Associate in Africa at World Resources Institute (WRI). He is a sustainable and inclusive development enthusiast, who is passionate about food systems transformation in the region. At WRI, James plays a central role in research and development of the food program that seeks to transform regional food systems via four interlocking objectives:
- Produce nutrient-dense foods.
- Protect natural ecosystems from agricultural conversion and degradation.
- Restore degraded ecosystems and increase productivity.
- Reduce food loss and waste.
Previously, James coordinated and facilitated a knowledge creation and learning network of international development professionals from 10 sub-Saharan Africa countries with a focus on inclusive and sustainable land governance and land-based investments. In 2020-2021, he developed a curriculum on the global food systems for the Washington DC based Leland International Hunger Fellows Program at Congressional Hunger Center.
James holds a PhD in International Development from Utrecht University, the Netherlands, and MSc in Sustainable Development - Environmental Science, from the same university. His PhD research assessed the contribution of inclusive agribusiness to smallholder households’ food and nutrition security.
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