Mark Davis has been a farmer, agricultural manager, researcher, regulator, NGO advocate, project manager and policy maker in the fields of agriculture and development for almost 40 years. He has worked in agricultural cooperatives, NGOs, government and the UN.
Trained as an ecologist, agricultural manager and information systems engineer, Mark developed a specialization in sustainable agriculture practices, project and programme development and strategic planning. He played key roles in developing programmes to remove obsolete pesticides from Africa (Africa Stockpiles Programme), to advance the global agenda on pesticide risk reduction, to develop the widely accepted approach to sustainable intensification of crop production (Save & Grow), to formulate FAO’s principles of sustainability in rural development (Sustainable Food and Agriculture), and he led the preparation of the FAO Climate Change Strategy and designed the FAO Environmental and Social Safeguards programme.
Mark’s work at CPSP supports international activities aimed at eliminating pesticide risks and supporting sustainable agriculture.
Agriculture without paraquat is feasible without loss of productivity: lessons learned from phasing out a highly hazardous herbicide
Environmental Science and Pollution Research, January 2023
Suicides by pesticide ingestion in Pakistan and the impact of pesticide regulation
BMC Public Health, April 2023
Impact of regional bans of highly hazardous pesticides on agricultural yields: the case of Kerala
Agriculture & Food Security, January 2022