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Yashpal Singh Saharawat

Yashpal Singh Saharawat

Country manager for Afghanistan

Saharawat is principal agronomist and country manager for Afghanistan. His research spans both natural resource management in climatic scenario and cropping system simulation modelling. Much of his work has been on strategic and participatory research on conservation and precision agriculture. He has developed long-term innovation platforms across South Asia to mitigate climate change and conducted simulation studies on cropping systems of smallholder farmers in South Asia.

Previously, he was senior scientist at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute in New Delhi, India from 2011 to 2014. He also worked as senior associate scientist at the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines between 2005 and 2009 and International Fertilizer Development Centre in Alabama, US, in 2008.

His research findings, including more than 80 papers, have been published in international journals, with over 2,800 citations as of 2017. Saharawat received numerous awards and was named the Associate Fellow of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences. Since 2010, he’s been serving as country representative of young professionals for agricultural development.

He received his Ph.D. in soil science from Universitat Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany.