Jagger Harvey
Director
Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss, Kansas State University
103 B Waters Hall
1603 Old Claflin Place
Manhattan  Kansas  66506
United States

Biography

Jagger Harvey leads the U.S. Agency for International Development's Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss at Kansas State University. Where the focus is to help the countries of Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana and Guatemala reduce the amount of food that is lost or contaminated after harvest.

Previously, he was a Research Scientist at the Biosciences eastern and central Africa-International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) Hub in Nairobi, Kenya, a center for excellence in agricultural biosciences research (http://hub.africabiosciences.org). As a plant molecular geneticist he was focused on devising strategies for increasing food security through characterization and mitigation of plant diseases affecting smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). This included serving as project leader of the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID)-funded BecA-Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) flagship project Capacity and Action for Aflatoxin Reduction in Eastern Africa (CAAREA).

Jagger is also an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow with the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Security at the University of Queensland. He holds a BSc in Biology and Natural Sciences and Mathematics from Washington and Lee University; a PhD in Genetics from University of California, Davis for research identifying resistance genes to mycotoxin-induced plant programmed cell death; and was a US National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Sir Prof David Baulcombe’s laboratory at The Sainsbury Laboratory and Cambridge University, discovering a secondary layer of RNA silencing-based antiviral defense in plants. His engagement with InSTePP and HarvestChoice has added an invaluable risk mapping dimension to the CAAREA project and helps contribute to BecA’s consideration of the policy dimension of research for SSA.