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Pedro Sanchez

Senior Research Scholar; Director, Tropical Agriculture and the Rural Environment Program; Director, Millennium Villages Project

Pedro Sanchez serves as Co-Chair of the Hunger Task Force of the Millennium Project, an advisory body to the United Nations. He served as Director General of the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya from 1991-2001. He is also Professor Emeritus of Soil Science and Forestry at North Carolina State University, and was a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley. In April 2006 he was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow in 2003, and received the World Food Prize in 2002.

A native of Cuba, joined the faculty of North Carolina State University in 1968. His professional career has been dedicated to improving the management of tropical soils through integrated natural resource management approaches to achieve food security and reduce rural poverty while protecting and enhancing the environment. Sanchez has lived in the Philippines (working at the International Rice Research Institute), Peru (working at the National Research Institutes), Colombia (working at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture) and Kenya.

Sanchez's book, Properties and Management of Soils of the Tropics, is rated among the top 10 best-selling books in soil science worldwide. He is also author of over 200 scientific publications.

Sanchez is a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America. He has received decorations from the governments of Colombia and Peru and was awarded the International Soil Science Award and the International Service in Agronomy Award. In February 2001 the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium awarded him a Doctor Honoris Causa degree for his work on tropical soils in Africa. In August 2001 Sanchez was anointed a Luo Elder with the name of Odera Kang’o by the Luo community of Western Kenya, in recognition for his assistance in eliminating hunger from many villages in the region.


  • P.h.D., Cornell University
  • M.S., Cornell University
  • B.S., Cornell University


  • Properties and Management of Soils of the Tropics (Cambridge University Press, 2nd ed., 2019)