Sita Ghimire

Sita Ghimire

I am Principal Scientist of Plant Pathology at ILRI with 30 years of experience in basic- and applied-research, technology transfer and training next generation researchers particularly on modern biosciences and their applications in addressing agricultural challenges faced by smallholder farmers (SHF). I have developed and managed 25 interdisciplinary and collaborative projects to enhance food and nutrition security (FNS), resilience, and livelihood of SHF through the development and scaling of innovative crops and livestock solutions, and enhancing capacity and knowledge sharing among farmers, public and private institutions, and development partners. At ILRI, I lead three projects on Brachiaria grass (forage), legume and maize/millet that involve over 70 scientists and 20 institutions from Africa, Australia, and Europe. Some innovative solutions developed over the years have impacted on FNS and resilience of SHF. For example, about 60,000 households from 20 African countries have realized higher milk production through the adoption of Brachiaria grass; over 40,000 households in four countries of eastern and southern Africa have increased farm productivity through maize-legume intercropping; and thousands of farmers in western Nepal sustained potato productivity by adopting integrated disease management methods. I have co-authored 110 scientific and non-scientific publications, presented research findings in national, international meetings and conferences and contributed to several successful grant applications totaling USD 35 million. I have supervised over 57 graduate students, research fellows, and postdoctoral scientists. My research has generated IPs and royalties. I am member of ILRI’s Institutional Biosafety Committee and UK Research and Innovation’s International Development Peer Review College.

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