Nele Verhulst

Nele Verhulst

INNOVATE Work Package Lead

Nele was born in Belgium and earned a bachelor and master degree in bioscience engineering with specialization in land and forest management at the Catholic University of Leuven of Belgium. She obtained her PhD in bioscience engineering by the same university in 2011 and has been working as a researcher at CIMMYT since then. Nele is currently leading the Latin American Cropping Systems Science team in the Sustainable Agri-food Systems Program. She works on the development of Conservation Agriculture-based management practices and postharvest technologies in Latin America, with a focus on Mexico and Central America. The developed agronomic management practices aim to maximize utility for farmers, while conserving and where possible improving natural resources. The postharvest work focuses on the evaluation of technologies for small-scale farmers that allow them to store their grain while conserving its quality until consumption. Currently, the network has experiments run by local collaborators at over 40 locations in Mexico and Central America. The longest running field experiments were initiated at CIMMYT’s experimental stations in the early 1990s. Capacity development with researchers and extension agents is an important part of her work. Nele has developed a wide range of publications to communicate research results with more than 70 international peer-reviewed journal articles, 10 book chapters and international conference proceedings. Recommendations for farmers are scaled through innovation networks or hubs.