Chanda Nimbkar

Chanda Nimbkar

Chanda Nimbkar has been director of animal husbandry at the Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute (NARI), in India, since 1998. Based in rural Maharashtra State, NARI conducts research to benefit farmers and rearers of small ruminant animals. Nimbkar received a PhD in animal breeding from the University of New England, Australia. Her research focuses on practical strategies for genetically improving sheep and goat breeds kept by India’s smallholder farmers. In collaboration with other organizations, her team developed the ‘NARI Suwarna’ strain of Deccani sheep, which leads to twinning, receiving India’s Award for ‘Science and Technology Innovations for Rural Development’ in 2007. Nimbkar is an adjunct faculty at the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) National Dairy Research Institute, in Karnal. She has served on the National Commission on Farmers (2006–2008) and the governing body of ICAR (2006–2014) and on the editorial boards of the Journal of Animal Breeding and Genetics (2013–2015) and the Indian Journal of Animal Sciences (2013–2016) and she has advised the Government of India on livestock policy. She has been a member of the UK Research and Innovation International Development Peer Review College since 2018. She joined the ILRI Board of Trustees in November 2015.