Kevin Coffey has 14 years of international experience supporting innovation in applied science. He currently works for the CGIAR’s Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS) where he engages national partners and civil society to facilitate the use of climate information for evidence based policy. He specializes in designing methodologies for tailoring decision support systems as well as indicators to measure progress.
Prior to joining CCAFS, he worked at the UNDP as a Scientific Affairs Officer and Knowledge Management Specialist providing expertise in evidence based policy for MDG achievement. He also has experience working at the field-level in international development. As a Scientific Advisor for the UNU/UNEP/GEF People, Land Management, and Environmental Change Project (PLEC), he designed educational tools and collaborated with staff from nine country teams in Africa, South America, and Asia to help local researchers collect and analyze data on smallholder production systems to set priorities for agricultural interventions. As part of the McKnight Collaborative Crop Research Project, he planned research and monitored project activities related to rice systems and land use dynamics in Mainland Southeast Asia.
He has a Ph.D. (Columbia) and Masters (Yale) focusing on agriculture, environment, and development.