Dr. Humnath Bhandari
IRRI Representative for Bangladesh
Dr. Humnath Bhandari is the IRRI Representative for Bangladesh who leads and oversees IRRI programs in Bangladesh. He oversees the management of IRRI Bangladesh Office, leads the development of IRRI Bangladesh country strategy, coordinates IRRI research and development programs, establishes and strengthens partnership with various stakeholders, and liaises with the government and development partners.
Dr. Bhandari has more than 15 years of experience in agricultural research-for-development focusing on socioeconomic issues. He has been conducting research on rural livelihood, food security, poverty reduction, natural resources management, rice-based cropping systems, climate smart agriculture, agricultural technology adoption and impact, food value chains, agribusiness, market system development, and policy analysis.
Prior to joining IRRI, Dr. Bhandari worked as an Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics at the Tribhuban University in Nepal from 2000 to 2003 and as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS), Tsukuba, Japan from 2005 to 2007. He has extensive experience of working in several countries in South and Southeast Asia.
Dr. Bhandari holds a PhD degree in Agricultural and Environmental Economics from the University of the Philippines Los Baños. He was awarded the Mahendra Bidhya Bhusan Gold Medal by the then His Majesty King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Saha Dev of Nepal in 2001 and the Japan Society for Promotion of Science research fellowship in 2005. He has published pertinent books and book chapters, peer-reviewed journal articles, research papers, and policy briefs.