Peter E. Kenmore

UN-FAO (retired) FAO Representative in India; Chief Global Plant Protection in FAO Headquarters, Rome Italy

Research Fellow, CASAS Global

e-mail: pekenmore AT

Education & Languages

AB cum laude, organismal and evolutionary biology, Harvard University

PhD, population ecology, IPM, agricultural policy, University of California, Berkeley

Postdoctoral fellow, International Rice Research Institute


English, Filipino (fair), Bahasa Malayu/Indonesia (slight), French (slight)

Expertise & Interests

Population dynamics and agroecological management of crop systems

Agroecological policies and programs

Biodiversity in agricultural systems

Relevant Experience

  • Over 20 years full time based in Asia conducting applied field research in tropical rice. Coordinator of UN-FAO’s largest regional IPM program and developer of Farmers Field Schools involving over 25 million small scale farm households, mostly funded by national and local governments and communities.
  • Chief of Plant Protection in UN-FAO Global HQs, Rome, Italy.
  • Secretary of the International Plant Protection Convention, a World Trade Organization Phytosanitary Standards Setting body.
  • Executive Secretary of the Rotterdam Convention for the Prior Informed Consent Procedure in the International Trade of Pesticides and other Hazardous Substances, a UN-FAO and UNEP Environmental Convention.
  • Deputy Director, Plant Production and Protection Division, UN-FAO HQs.
  • Chair of Agricultural Biodiversity Working Group at UN-FAO HQs.
  • UN-FAO Representative in India
  • Numerous international agroecology consultantships in Asia and Africa.

Selected Publications

Kenmore, P. E., Cariño, F. G., Perez, C. A., Dyck, V. A., and Gutierrez, A. P. 1984. Population regulation of the rice brown planthopper (Nilaparvata lugens Stål) within rice fields in the Philippines. Journal of Plant Protection in the Tropics 1, 19-37.

Zelazny, B., L. Chiarappa and P. Kenmore 1985. Integrated pest control in developing countries, FAO Plant Protection Bulletin, 33,4: 147-158.

Luck, R.F., B.M. Shepard, and P.E. Kenmore 1988. Experimental methods for evaluating arthropod natural enemies. Ann. Rev. Entomol. 33: 367-391

Kenmore, P. E. (1991), Indonesia’s Pest Management: A Model for Asia (Manila, FAO Intercountry IPC Rice Programme)

Kenmore, P. E. 1996. Integrated Pest Management in Rice. In Biotechnology and Integrated Pest Management (G. J. Persley, Ed.), pp. 214-232. CAB International, Wallingford, U.K.

Power, A.G. and P. Kenmore, 2002. Exploiting interactions between planned and unplanned diversity in agroecosystems: what do we need to know? In: Uphoff, N. (Ed.), Agroecological Innovations. Earthscan, London, pp. 233–242.

Stannard, C., van der Graaff, N., Randell, A., Lallas, P. and Kenmore, P., 2004 Agriculture biological diversity for food security: Shaping International Initiatives to help agriculture and the environment, Howard Law Journal, v 48, i1, pp 397- 430, Fall 2004.

Vreysen, M. J. B., Kenmore, P., Robinson A. S. and Hendrichs J. 2007. Area- Wide Integrated Pest Management (AW-IPM): Principles, Practice and Prospects. In M. J. B. Vreysen, A. S. Robinson, J. Hendrichs (eds.) Area-Wide Control of Insect Pests From Research to Field Implementation 2007.

Gutierrez, A.P., Ponti, L., Herren, H.R. Baumgartner J., & Kenmore, P. 2015. Deconstructing Indian cotton: weather, yields, and suicides. Environ Sci Eur 27, 12

Gutierrez, A.P., Ponti, L., Kranthi, K.R., Baumgartner, J., Kenmore, P.E., et al. 2020. Bio-economics of Indian hybrid Bt cotton and farmer suicides. Environ Sci Eur 32, 139


Medal for the Cause of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Socialist Republic of Vietnam 1997; John and Mary MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship 1994 -1998; Doctorate honoris causa in agricultural and environmental sciences, Agricultural University of Wageningen, The Netherlands 1993; B.R. Sen Award presented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations as outstanding field officer 1991; Phi Beta Kappa – Alpha Chapter of California 1980; Robert van den Bosch Medal (UC Berkeley)