CSISA Leadership

Dr. Alison Laing, CIMMYT

Project Leader (India)

Alison Laing is a senior agroecology specialist with over 15 years of experiance working across South and Southeast Asia. She has worked with farmers and researchers to sustainably improve crop and farming system productivity, profitability, and resilience.

Alison firmly believes in participatory, multi-disciplinary research and in combining practical field-trial-based research with robust modelling to examine likely long-term outcomes of different management approaches.

Dr. Timothy J. Krupnik, CIMMYT

Project Leader (Nepal & Bangladesh)

Timothy Krupnik is a Senior Scientist and Systems Agronomist with CIMMYT and holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies (Agroecology) and an M.Sc. in International Agricultural Development from the University of California. He has more than 17 years of experience in agricultural research for development in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa and leads a portfolio of projects, including CSISA, that deliver evidence-based knowledge and activities to improve the sustainability and resilience of smallholder farming systems considering agronomic, ecological, and socioeconomic objectives, methods, and indicators.

Dr. Andrew McDonald, Cornell University

CSISA Technical Consultant

Andrew McDonald is a Cropping Systems Agronomist and former Project Leader for CSISA. He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. degree in Crop and Soil Sciences from Cornell University.

Dr. Ramkanwar Malik, CIMMYT

India Country Coordinator

R.K. Malik is Senior Agronomist at CIMMYT. He received his Ph.D. in Agronomy from Haryana Agricultural University (HAU) and joined the same as Assistant Professor in 1977. He has since traveled widely and worked in multicultural teams to develop and disseminate resource conservation technologies, crop residue management, and sustainable crop rotations in wheat and maize based cropping systems.

Dr. Virender Kumar, IRRI

IRRI representative

Virender is a senior scientist specializing in Weed Science/Systems Agronomy at IRRI. He leads the Adaptive Agronomy and Pest Ecology Cluster of the Sustainable Impact Platform and coordinates IRRI’s Direct-Seeded Rice Consortium. He leads the IRRI coordination role within CSISA for managing day-to-day project activities across Bangladesh, India, and Nepal to ensure the effective dissemination of CSISA technologies.

Dr. Avinash Kishore, IFPRI

IFPRI representative

Avinash Kishore joined IFPRI in September 2012 as a Post-Doctoral Fellow after completing his Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University. He obtained his Masters’s degree in Public Affairs from Princeton University before joining the Ph.D. program. Avinash coordinates IFPRI’s CSISA activities, which focus on policies related to agricultural risk management, seed systems and markets, agricultural mechanization, and soil fertility management and fertilizers.

Cynthia Carmona, CIMMYT

CSISA Project Manager

Cynthia Carmona is the Project Manager for CSISA in India and Nepal. She holds a degree in International Relations and has been with CIMMYT since 2013 in the Project Management Unit at headquarters.

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