Patrick Heffer, Senior Director, Agriculture Service Photo courtesy of IFDC

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Patrick Heffer, Senior Director, Agriculture Service

Patrick Heffer, Senior Director, Agriculture Service

In his role as director of the agriculture service, Patrick Heffer coordinates the activities of IFA’s agriculture committee and its Africa Forum. His duties focus on world fertilizer demand, development of fertilizer demand, forecasts and the promotion of efficient and responsible fertilizer use. He also oversees IFA’s innovation and research initiative.


Before joining IFA, Heffer worked with the International Seed Trade Federation and the International Association of Plant Breeders. He has also held critical positions with the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the French seed organization GNIS, and at the Hassan II Institute of Agronomy and Veterinary Sciences in Morocco.


Heffer earned degrees in genetics and plant breeding and agronomy from Paris XI – Orsay University and the French École Nationale Supérieure d’Horticulture.

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