Yashpal Singh Saharawat

Dr. Yashpal Singh Saharawat is a principal scientist (agronomist) and country manager for Afghanistan. Much of his focus has been on strategic and participatory research on conservation and precision agriculture. He has also developed long-term innovation platforms across South Asia to mitigate climate change, and has conducted simulation studies on the 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 a senior associate scientist at the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines between 2005 and 2009, and the International Fertilizer Development Center, in the United States, in 2008.

His research findings, including more than 80 papers, have been published in international journals. Dr. Saharawat has received numerous awards and was named Associate Fellow of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences. Since 2010, he has served as country representative for the Young Professionals for Agricultural Development. He received his Ph.D. in soil science from Universitat Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany.