Rachid Serraj

Rachid SerrajRachid Serraj is the director of Africa Initiative and Strategy for agriculture, water and climate at Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P). Prior to his current position, Serraj was the delivery manager of the Regional Initiative on Small Scale Family Farming and Rural Transformation, in Near East and North Africa, at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). He was also a senior project officer with the Secretariat of the Science Council of the CGIAR. From 2010 to 2012, he was the director of Diversification & Sustainable Intensification of Production Systems (DSIPS) at the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA). He has an extensive experience in research and development and occupied several positions in various international research centres and organizations such as IRRI, IAEA, ICRISAT.

Rachid Serraj holds a PhD in crop science and agronomy from Montpellier University, France. He is an expert in crop physiology, agronomy, precision farming and agri-food systems innovation. He has supervised dozens of PhD and MSc students across Asia and Africa. He is the author of more than 250 publications, several books, international reports, and studies.

He is a national of Morocco.