Dr. Shalander Kumar

Born in Heli, District Hathras, U.P. on 08 June 1969. Educated at Agra University, B.Sc. 1986; National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal, M.Sc. 1991 and Ph.D. 1998.

Principal Scientist- Agricultural Economist, Theme-Market Institutions Nutrition and Diversity, Research Program-Innovation Systems for the Drylands, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Patancheru, Hyderabad, .

Scientist (Agricultural Economics), NAARM, Hyderabad, 1993; Scientist, IARI, New Delhi, 1993-94; Scientist and Senior Scientist, ICAR-Central Institute for Research on Goats, Mathura, 1994-2009; Principal Scientist, ICAR-Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture, Hyderabad, 2009-11; Principal Scientist and Head of Division & Project Manager of Agricultural Technology Information Center, CAZRI, Jodhpur, 2011-13; Scientist Dryland Systems in South Asia, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Hyderabad, 2013-16; CRP Dryland Systems Regional flagship leader-South Asia, ICRISAT, 2015-16. Principal Scientist-Agricultural Economist at ICRISAT since 2016.

Awards/Honours: ICAR-Swami Sahajanand Sarswati Best Extension Scientist Award 2009; Fellow MOBILIZATION (SCMSD) award, ICRISAT- Outstanding Partnership Award-Asia 2015; ICRISAT- Outstanding scientific article award 2015; ICRISAT- Outstanding Partnership Award-Asia 2018; Award of DSE–International Scholarship by German Foundation for International Development, Federal Rep. of Germany in 2000; RT Doshi award by Agricultural Econ Research Asooc. 2012; Best research paper award by ISSGPU 2003; First prize at Hackathon (Hack4Farming) at ICRISAT 2016; Sr Res fellowships of ICAR and CSIR; Chair, Interdisciplinary Research team and South Asia Flagship coordinator, CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems 2015-2016; National Coordinator, National Initiative on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA II across 100 districts of India) 2011; Invited speaker by IEEE and Michigan State University, MI, USA 2017; Board of Advisor, Goat and Sheep Farmers Welfare Association (India), Bhopal since January 2015; Editor member, Agricultural Economics Research Review, AERA, New Delhi (2018 to date); Editor, Indian Journal of Dryland Agricultural Research and Development published, Hyderabad (2011-2016); Editor, The Indian Journal of Small Ruminants published by Indian Society for Sheep and Goat Production and Utilization, India, 2016 to date.

Fellow: Society for Community Mobilization for Sustainable Development, New Delhi

Research Areas: Transitions to climate resilient and sustainable agri-food systems with focus on dry areas, Development of climate smart and nutrition oriented agricultural value chains, institutional and market led innovations for sustainable intensification, Farming systems sustainability and resilience, Approaches and policies for climate change adaptation, prioritozation and ex-ante & ex-post impact assessments.

Address: Principal Scientist-Agricultural Economist, Innovation Systems for the Drylands, International Crop Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRSAT), Patancheru, Hyderabad 502324, Telangana; 303, Sapphire, My Home Jewel, Madinaguda, Hyderabad 500049, Telangana; [Tel: Off. (040) 30713045; Res. (040) 49531718; Cell: 9989807521; Email: k.shalander@cgiar.org; shalanderkumar@gmail.com]