Michel Edmond Ghanem

Senior Researcher, CIRAD, UMR AGAP Institut; Co-founder & Chair, The Forgotten Crops Society (FCS)

About Michel Edmond Ghanem

Dr. Ghanem is a Researcher at CIRAD (UMR AGAP Institut), Montpellier, France and former Professor of Plant Physiology at Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P), Morocco. Before that, he was the Program Leader for Genetic Resources at the Pacific Community (SPC) in Suva (Fiji) and former Deputy Director for Research and innovation at ITK (France). Dr. Ghanem also served at the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) at the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) as Crop Physiologist, where he founded and lead the Crop Physiology laboratory. He holds an Agronomy Engineering degree and a Ph.D. in Plant Biology from the University of Louvain (UCLouvain, Belgium) and an Accreditation to Supervise Research (HDR) from the University of Montpellier, France. Dr. Ghanem served also as an Invited Professor of Plant Physiology at the University of Namur (Belgium). He also worked as a Research Fellow at the CEBAS-CSIC (Murcia, Spain). Dr. Ghanem is also expert at the Biosafety Advisory Council (BAC) of Belgium on transgenic plants and serves on the Executive Board of the Experts Working Group on Wheat phenotyping within the Wheat Initiative. His research expertise covers genetic resources, plant abiotic stress physiology, plant modeling, root biotechnology, and plant phenotyping. Dr. Ghanem is co-founder and current Chair of the Forgotten Crops Society (FCS).

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International Co-operation Biodiversity Climate Sustainable Development Goals

Time for a Radical Change: How under-researched, “Forgotten crops” can help achieving food security and improve livelihoods

Today just four mainstream crops—known as the “Big 4”—provide more than half of our calories worldwide. More diverse food systems that rely on a diverse crop palette are urgently needed to make our food systems more resilient, explains Dr. Ghanem, co-founder and current chair of the Forgotten Crops Society. Banner: Alina Paul-Bossuet

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