Rolf Sommer

Dr Rolf Sommer was the previous co-lead of Restoring Degraded Landcapes when he was with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, CIAT. He worked in the field of soil health/fertility, soil nutrition and crop modeling. Currently, he is with WWF Germany.

His past research activities comprise the assessment of soil fertility under Conservation Agriculture, the impact of climate change on wheat productivity in Central Asia and Syria, the assessment of the water, nutrient and salt dynamics of agro-ecosystems in the tropics as well as dry areas, aided by simulation modeling. 

Before joining CIAT, he worked for several years as a senior scientist at the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Area (ICARDA), and at the Center for Development Research, University of Bonn (Germany). 

Rolf Sommer holds a Ph.D. in Agronomy and a M.Sc. in Biology, and in the last 15 years has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles and numerous conference proceedings and online publications (see

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