Jean-Marc Boffa is a system agroforester with a broad interest in farming systems, production ecology, tree domestication and landscape biodiversity conservation. His R&D experience spans production systems in Western, Central and Eastern Africa and the Mediterranean that he pursued through positions at Bioversity International in Rome, the World Agroforestry Centre in Uganda and Kenya, the University of Malta’s Institute of Earth Sciences and the Centre de coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement in Cameroon. His current interests focus on strategic research planning in various aspects of smallholder agroforestry systems development, including the enhanced management of shea agroforestry parklands and improvement of the shea tree. He is the director of Terra Sana Projects and an Associate Fellow of the World Agroforestry Centre. He received his MSc and PhD in Forestry and Natural Resources from Purdue University and ‘Ingénieur’ degree from the Institut Supérieur d’Agriculture in Lille, France.