Timothy Russell

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Timothy Russell, Chief of party of CSISA-BangladeshTim is managing a key USAID-financed research and development project called the Bangladesh Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA-BD). This project aims to develop the productivity of rice based farming systems by testing and disseminating new agricultural production technology and linking farmers with new marketing opportunities. The project is a partnership with two other CGIAR centers, CIMMYT and WorldFish, and as such is seen as an example of how CGIAR centers can work together to implement large agricultural development projects.

Of particular interest in this project is the emphasis on introducing mechanized planting and harvesting technology, stress-tolerant varieties and crops, short-duration rice varieties that allow cropping pattern intensification, and higher quality specialist rice varieties that cater for the needs of the growing number of Bangladesh middle income urban dwellers.


  • Agriculture and natural resource project management
  • Tropical agriculture
  • Farmer participatory agricultural research and extension
  • Farmer managed organizations
  • Value chain analysis and development


  • MSc in Tropical Agricultural Development (Crops Option), The University of Reading, UK (1985)
  • MSc in Technology of Crop Protection, The University of Reading, UK (1975)
  • BSc. (Hons) in Applied Biology, North East London Polytechnic, London, UK (1974)


  • Chief of party, CSISA-Bangladesh (August 2013-present)
  • Country Representative, IRRI Bangladesh, (January 2013-July 2013)
  • Independent Agricultural Development Consultant, (2011-2012)
  • Team Leader, EU Financed, Projecto Transumancia, Angola, GFA Consulting Group (2008-2011)
  • Livelihood Unit Manager, Chars Livelihood Project, Bangladesh, Maxwell Stamp (2006-2008)
  • Chief of Party, USAID Title II Projecto VIDA & Coordinator of Rural Development Projects, Mozambique, CARE International (2001-2006)
  • Project Manager, DFID funded, Zambezia Agricultural Development Project (ZADP), Mozambique, World Vision, UK (1997-2001)
  • Farming Systems Agronomist,IFAD funded Southern Province Household Food Security Project, Zambia, MASDAR, UK (1996-1997)
  • Farming Systems Agronomist, E.U. funded Smallholder Development Project (SDP), Zambia, DARUDEC, Denmark (1988-1995)
  • Adaptive Research Specialist, IFAD funded Agricultural Development Project, Uganda DARUDEC, Denmark (1986-1988)
  • Agriculturist on the World Bank financed Transmigration III Project, Indonesia, DARUDEC, Denmark (1986-1986)
  • Research Agronomist with the World Bank and British Government supported Basic Agricultural Services Project, Lesotho, Overseas Development Administration, (Now DFID), London, England (1981-1984)
  • Project Agronomist on the British Government supported Pakhribas Agricultural Centre, Nepal Overseas Development Administration, (Now DFID), London, England (1978-1980)
  • Forester, Lumle Agricultural Centre, Nepal Voluntary Service Overseas, London, UK (1976-1977)
  • Student Supernumerary, Weed Research Organisation, Oxford, UK (1972-1973)


  • Member Tropical Agriculture Association, UK

Timothy Russell, Chief of party of CSISA-BangladeshTimothy Russell
Chief of Party, CSISA-Bangladesh