Dr. Curtis R. Youngs earned his PhD in Animal Science from the University of Minnesota (USA) in 1985. Currently, Dr. Youngs is the M.E. Ensminger Endowed Chair of International Animal Agriculture and Associate Director in charge of livestock and animal health programs for the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods.
Professor Youngs is an animal scientist who specializes in the use of livestock reproductive technologies to enhance the sustainable production of animal-source foods. He teaches courses in global food security.
Professor Youngs has a special interest in international agricultural development. For more than three decades he has used education and technology transfer to empower others to increase the efficiency of food production from livestock. The overall impact of his work has been to reduce hunger and malnutrition, improve livelihoods of smallholder farmers, and reduce the environmental impact of animal agriculture. Dr. Youngs’ work addresses several of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals.