Mohamed Habib Halila

Mohamed Habib Halila
Food Security Project

Dr. Habib Halila is an agronomist with more than four decades-experience supporting countries to enhance their food security. Dr. Halila joined ICARDA in 1997, serving as ICARDA’s Regional Coordinator of the West Asia Regional Program, based in Amman, Jordan, and covering Cyprus, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey. In 2001 he became the Regional Coordinator of ICARDA’s Nile Valley and Red Sea Regional Program, based in Cairo, Egypt, which implemented research activities across Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Yemen. 

From 2005 to 2009 he was FAO representative in Morocco, and since 2009 has served as ICARDA’s coordinator for the ‘Enhancing Food Security in Arab Countries’ initiative. Prior to joining ICARDA, Dr. Halila was principal agronomist at Tunisia’s Ministry of Agriculture, and founder and chief of the National Laboratory of Food Legumes Research, within Tunisia’s National Institute for Agricultural Research. 

Dr. Halila earned a Ph.D. in biology and plant pathology from the University of London in 1974. He also holds a master’s degree in soil sciences and irrigation from Utah State University in the United States.