Dr. Suresh Chandra Babu

Born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu on 9 May 1961. B.Sc., Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu; M.Sc., Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore; M.S. and Ph.D., Iowa State University of Science and Technology, USA

Extraordinary Professor, University of Pretoria-Present; Program Leader and Senior Research Fellow, 2005 to date; International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington D.C., 1992 to date

Technologist, 1982; Instructor, 1987-88; Research Assistant, 1984-89 and Teaching Assistant, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, 1988-89; Research Assistant, The World Bank, Washington 1987; Senior Lecturer, University of Malawi, 1989-94; Senior Food Policy Advisor, Government of Malawi, Ministry of Agriculture, Lilongwe, 1989-94; Economist and Research Associate, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1989-92; Adjunct Professor, School of International Services, American University, Washington, 2010-11; Research Fellow, 1992-99; Senior Research Fellow and Senior Training Advisor, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington, 2000-04

Awards/Honours: Visiting Professor, National Nutrition Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China, 2018; Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, 2017 Global Food Policy Report - (Contributed a Section with Paul Dorosh); Extraordinary Professor (Agricultural Economics) by the University of Pretoria, South Africa, 2017-2019; Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence, 2016. "A comparative analysis of agricultural research and extension reforms in China and India" published in China Agricultural Economic Review 2015. Selected by the journal's editorial team as a Highly Commended Paper in the 2016; R.T. Doshi Foundation Award for best paper in journal, Agricultural Economics Research Review Vol 26 (2) (2013) pp. 159-172; Visiting Faculty Fellow, Borlaug Summer Institute, Purdue University, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017; Advisory Committee Member of "Global Center for Research on Gender Crisis and Prevention and Recovery" (UNDP, SSRC, IDRC).2010-2013; Adjunct Professor, School of International Studies, American University, Washington D.C.2010-2011; U.S. Congressional Testimony, Higher Education in Africa, United States Congress, Washington, D.C., April 2008; Honorary Professor, University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, 2008- present; Honorary Distinguished Professor, Chinese Academy of Rural Development, Zhejiang University, China, 2007- present; Honorary Visiting Professor, Indira Gandhi National Open University, India, 2005-Present; Co-Winner, CSO-CGIAR Collaboration Award, - Annual General Meetings of the CGIAR, December 2006; Zayed International Prize for the Environment, Dubai, UAE, Given to all Coordinating Lead Authors, Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, February 2006; U.S. Congressional Testimony, Food Crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Causes and Solution, United States Congress, Washington, D.C., March 2004; Advisory Board Member, World Agricultural Forum, St. Louis. 2004-Present; Lead Coordinating Author, Millennium Ecosystems Assessment, 2002-2005; Outstanding Academic Title Award by Choice Magazine (Contributing Author, Global Food Security and Hunger in World at Risk- A Global Issues Source Book. Washington D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Press), 2002; Outstanding Young Alumni Award, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, 2000

Research Areas: Agricultural Economics, extension, nutrition economics and policy, institutional development, policy process and political economy, bio-economy and renewable energy, education system

Address: Senior Research Fellow and Head of Capacity Strengthening, DGO, IFPRI, 1201 Eye Street, NW Washington DC 20005-3915, USA; 10813, Tara Road, Potomac MD 20854, USA; [Tel: Off. +1 202-8622-5608; Res. 3013305533; Cell: +240 602-0809; Fax: +1 202-467-4439; Email: s.babu@cgiar.org]