Erick Fernandes is a Lead Specialist in the Agriculture and Food Global Practice of the World Bank Group (WBG). He heads the WBG’s Ag Observatory that monitors agriculture-relevant weather and impacts on crops across the planet to guide policy responses and mitigation actions. From 2011-2016, He coordinated the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) program for Latin America and the Caribbean region. At the WBG, Erick co-led the economic and sector work and publications related to “Sustainable Land Management (SLM)”, a “Source Book on Investments in SLM”, “Climate Change Impacts on Agriculture in Latin America”, “Climate Change Impacts on Brazilian Agriculture”, “Turn Down the Heat (TDH): Why A 4oC World Must Be Avoided”, “TDH: Climate Extremes, Regional Impacts, and the Case for Resilience”, “TDH: Confronting the New Climate Normal”, and “Leveraging Agricultural Value Chains to Enhance Tropical Tree Cover and Slow Deforestation (LEAVES).” Erick holds a BS Honors in Forestry from the University of Aberdeen (Scotland) and a PhD in Soil Science & Agronomy from North Carolina State University (NCSU), USA and was an International Professor of Crop Sciences at Cornell University from 1995-2005. He has 35 years of agriculture and natural resource management experience in Africa, East & South Asia and Latin America. Over the course of his career, he mentored ~150 MS & PhD students from 30 countries.