Peter Thorne has joined ILRI as a crop livestock systems scientist. He is part of the People Livestock and Environment theme based in Addis Ababa and is expected to relocate to Zimbabwe in mid-2012.
Peter was until his appointment with ILRI, responsible for the national dairy benchmarking service in Britain. He has had a long career in international agriculture since conducting his Ph.D research at the Universities of Nottingham and in the Philippines at Los Banos.
He has been involved in livestock production systems research, particularly in the areas of crop livestock interactions, feed evaluation and the development of novel approaches to information delivery.
‘ We are working with the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and national partners to develop a project that will contribute to improved food security in Zimbabwe. The project aims to promote more efficient crop-livestock integration’, he said in an interview.
The widely-travelled father of three looks forward to relocating to Zimbabwe after living for 20 years in North Wales, United Kingdom. His wife Clare and their teen-age children daughter Shona and son Seumas (pronounced Shamaus) will join him in Zimbabwe before settling in to a new school term in August. Their eldest daughter Hanna is studying for her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at Manchester University, UK.
Peter enjoys mountaineering, cycling and outdoor pursuits in general while Clare loves horses. ‘I wonder whether she will bring some down to Harare or she will buy one when we get there’, he says rather pensively.