Dr. Ram Chet Chaudhary

Dr. Ram Chet Chaudhary

 

Dr. Ram Chet Chaudhary holds Ph. D. degree in Genetics and Plant Breeding and Post Doctorates from Technical University Munich, Germany and IRRI Philippines.  Born, brought up and educated in erstwhile Basti district in U. P. India, he has been working with various national and international organizations for the last 42 years.  For the first 10 years, he served as Rice Breeder, and Associate Director and Professor of G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, India. Next 5 years he served Rajendra Agriculture University, Pusa (Bihar), India as Chief Scientists Rice, Professor Plant Breeding and Regional Director.  With The World Bank in Nigeria as the Rice Production Specialist, he brought several policy level changes. With International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) based in the Philippines, he worked as Rice Breeder and Global Coordinator of the world’s largest rice germplasm evaluation and utilization network International Network for Germplasm Evaluation of Rice (INGER) for 10 years, spread in 100 rice growing countries of Africa, Asia, Europe, Americas and Oceania. He was awarded Gold Medal by the Prime Minister of Cambodia for making that rice eating “basket case” country into rice exporter. With the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) he worked for 15 years in Iraq, Myanmar, North Korea, Uganda and Zambia focussing on issues related boosting rice production, food security, seed security, rural development, refugee resettlement etc. He has helped develop and release more than 156 rice varieties in 60 countries, most being in India and Cambodia.  He published more than 30 books and bulletins, and over 250 scientific papers related to rice.  A dozen of his books have been published by the World Bank and FAO most prominent ones being “Speciality Rices of the World: Breeding, Production and Marketing”, and “Crop Production, Seed Production and Weed Control in NERICA Rice”.  His book “Introduction to Plant Breeding” is a text book at UG level in Indian agricultural universities. He is prominent contributor on rice forums of IBC ASIA, Rice India, Informa, and International Rice Conferences. He is member of several national and international societies in India, Japan and USA. Currently, other than serving as Senior Consultant of FAO, UNDP, EU and others on rice research, production, planning and trade, he is Chairman of Participatory Rural Development Foundation (PRDF) based in eastern part of India and working with the farmers on local issues untouched by the government agencies. His current milestone is rejuvenated local aromatic rice Kalanamak KN3 released in 2010, git protected under PVP&FR and GI, and its high yielding semi-dwarf versions “Bauna Kalanamak” in 2014.