James Lomax has been the Sustainable Food Systems and Agriculture Programme Officer in UN Environment's Division of Technology, Industry and Economics based in Paris, France since 2009. James leads work on mainstreaming sustainable consumption and production practices from 'farm to flush' in the agriculture and food sector. He has pioneered the idea of systems thinking in the food and agriculture sector where nutrition, waste, environmental externalities and livelihoods must be considered if a shift to more sustainable food systems is to be realized.
At UN Environment specifically, James manages activities and programmes on catalyzing public/private partnerships notable in sustainable agriculture (www.sustainablerice.org), sustainable consumption like food waste reduction and prevention through developing tools and methodologies (www.thinkeatsave.org) and sustainability activities at national and regional levels looking at building policy frameworks for more inter-connected thinking in government and the food and agriculture sector as a whole.
A tropical agriculturalist by training (MSc Reading University), before joining UN Environment James had a varied career in the private sector in farming, small holder development, food processing and export of vegetables in East Africa and large-scale agribusiness management in Southern Europe.