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Dr. James Cock


James Cock was raised on a farm in Norfolk, England. He studied agriculture at University of Cambridge and then went on to do a PhD at Reading University on the physiology of the new semi dwarf wheats. From there he went to the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) as a post Doctoral Fellow working with Shouichi Yoshida on the physiology of yield of rice. With his interest in tropical agriculture kindled, he moved to the International Center for tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Colombia where he worked as a plant physiologist and set up the CIAT Cassava Programme which, in collaboration with National Agricultural Research Programmes, has been the basis for major increases in cassava productivity in Southeast Asia.

Later after a short period as a Senior Agriculturist in the World Bank assisting in the development of National Agricultural Research Programmes, he returned to Colombia as Director General of the private sector funded National Sugarcane Research Centre. The Colombian sugar sector has moved from medium level productivity to being in the leading ranks on a world basis through the introduction of new improved varieties, disease and pest management and site specific agriculture.



Since leaving a buoyant sugar sector, he has been an Agricultural Consultant specialized in the development of sustainable agricultural research programmes and site specific agriculture.