Lead Technical Specialist / Climate Change
International Fund for Agricultural Development
Gernot Laganda is the Lead Technical Specialist for Climate Change at the United Nations’ International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). He coordinates the world’s largest program to strengthen the resilience of smallholder farmers in developing countries to the effects of global warming (the Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme – ASAP). A geoscientist by training, Gernot has spent the past 16 years managing projects and programs at the intersection of rural development and disaster risk management. He held posts with Hilfswerk Austria International, an NGO supporting disaster relief and reconstruction projects in Afghanistan and Tajikistan; the Austrian Development Agency, a bilateral aid agency in his native Austria; and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in South Africa. Prior to joining IFAD, Gernot was based in Bangkok where he served as Technical Advisor for Climate Change Adaptation in UNDP’s regional office for Asia and the Pacific. In this capacity, he provided advisory services to a wide range of governments – from countries experiencing glacial melting in the Himalayas, to Small Island States threatened by sea level rise - on how to mobilize and program different sources of financing for more effective climate risk management. Gernot holds a M.Eng. degree in applied geosciences, a master’s degree in public policy and management, and postgraduate diplomas in disaster management and development cooperation.