Senior Scientist within the Food Security (FOODSEC) Group,
Institute of Environment and Sustainability (IES),
Joint Research Center (JRC) of the European Commission, based in Ispra, Italy
Francois Kayitakire is a senior scientist at the Joint Research Center (JRC) in the Institute of Environment and Sustainability (IES) based in Ispra, Italy. He leads a team working on resilience and on food and nutrition security assessment within the Food Security (FOODSEC) Group. His current activities focus on resilience for food and nutrition security, in particular the resilience measurement issues, food security assessment and classification methods and on agricultural risk management in developing countries. His team provides early warning on food security crisis using various data types and in particular satellite imagery and meteorological data, and they conduct research on modeling food security indicators. His area of interest is mainly Africa but also other developing countries.
Francois’ first assignment at the European Commission was within the Unit for Global Security and Crisis Management at the JRC. His work focused on building pieces of an armed conflict early-warning system and understanding their root causes. He worked also on monitoring natural resources that are susceptible to fuel armed conflicts, and on the use of satellite imagery to support post-disaster needs assessments.
Francois holds a Ph.D. degree in Agricultural Sciences received in 2006 from the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), Belgium. While working as researcher at the UCL, from 1998 to 2004, he focused on forest mapping and urban green area management using satellite imagery.