Manzoor Hussain Dar

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Manzoor Dar

Manzoor is a development specialist in agricultural research at IRRI-India with many years of experience working in South Asia. He has been actively involved in seed upscaling and dissemination of stress-tolerant rice varieties through the development of strategic partnerships in South Asia. He is well recognized for his extensive networking with national partners, including the Ministry of Agriculture, seed corporations, private seed companies, and reputable NGOs in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh. He is responsible for project implementation, progress monitoring, tracking varietal dissemination, speeding up the process of varietal release and dissemination, and helping in building capacity of national partners in these countries.

Manzoor is currently involved in leading innovative research and development activities to facilitate the delivery of technologies to end users and to accelerate the impact of stress-tolerant rice varieties in South Asia. Some of his work also focus on coordinating research on seed and extension activities and engaging in impact and adoption studies in stress-prone rainfed lowlands of South Asia.

Manzoor contributes to IRRI’s research for development through the reinforcement of partnerships and networks, speeding up of knowledge delivery, and strengthening capacity.


  • Technology transfer and agricultural extension
  • Technology upscaling and dissemination
  • Project coordination and management
  • Partnership development
  • Adoption and impact assessment
  • Seed and seed systems
  • Biological control


  • PhD in Plant Protection/Agricultural Entomology, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), 2004
  • MSc in Plant Protection/ Entomology, Aligarh Muslim University, 1998
  • BSc in Life Sciences, University of Kashmir, 1995


  • Development Specialist, Stress-Tolerant Rice for Africa and South Asia (STRASA), International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), 2015-present
  • Senior Associate Scientist, STRASA, IRRI, 2009 - 2015
  • Horticultural Entomologist, Saudi Aramco, KSA, 2006-2009
  • Research Associate, Project Directorate of Biological Control, ICAR, 2003-2006
  • Senior Research Fellow, Indian Institute of Pulses Research, Kanpur, ICAR, 2000-2003


  • Postgraduate Merit Scholarship, AMU, 1997-1999
  • National Eligibility Test (NET) for lectureship in Entomology (ASRB), 2001
  • Senior Research Fellowship, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Indian Institute of Pulses Research (IIPR), 2000-2003
  • Postdoctoral research fellowship, ICAR (NBAIR), 2003-2006

 Manzoor Dar

Manzoor Hussain Dar
Development Specialist - Agricultural Research (South Asia)

Agarwal Corporate Tower
9th Floor, Rajendra Place
New Delhi-110008, India

Tel: +91-1166219302