Michael Peters leads CIAT’s global Tropical Forages Program. He has over 30 years experience in tropical forages commencing in Congo DRC, then Nigeria with ILCA/ILRI and since 1998 with CIAT in Colombia. While at CIAT, Peters has focused on integrating research on tropical forage genetic resources and natural resource management, with a strong emphasis on linking farmer-led and scientist-led research and development approaches, expert systems for selecting forage options to different biophysical and socio-economic environments, linking farmers to markets, and innovative systems.