Smith Chair in International Sustainable Agriculture and Director of International Progams, University Tennessee Institute of Agriculture

About Tom

Dr. Thomas Gill is an international, interdisciplinary development professional who currently serves as the Smith Chair in International Sustainable Agriculture and Director of International Programs at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. He also serves as Vice President of the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD), and recently as Chair of the International Agriculture Section for the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU). His experience and research interests include smallholder household food security and decision making in sustainable agroecosystems and participatory approaches to human and institutional capacity development, with a particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. Gill holds degrees in Interdisciplinary Ecology from the University of Florida (Ph.D.), Tropical Agricultural Development from the University of Reading (M.Sc.), and Geography from the University of Cambridge (B.A., M.A.). Gill was ECHO intern #(please insert – help I don’t know my intern number!!!) and managed the Monsoon (and the chickens!) area of ECHO’s Global Farm in 2004-05, as well as serving as seed bank manager for a second year internship in 2005-06.


Smallholder farming systems for the future- what is the role of a US university
Tuesday, November 19 Main Ballroom - Crowne Plaza Hotel

Dr. Tom Gill will share about systems thinking related to smallholder agriculture, providing examples from Rwanda and Cambodia of how the University of Tennessee is engaging in these systems, and conclude with discussion of implications for US universities – roles they can play and challenges they face in effectively transforming smallholder systems.


Meet the Speaker
Tuesday, November 19 ECHO Global Farm

This session is devoted to questions and answers from Conference delegates for each speaker.