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Girish Chander

Role in Dryland Systems: 

Action Site Coordinator, Anantapur and Kurnool districts, Andhra Pradesh (India)

Home organization: 

International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)

Position in home organization: 

Scientist (Soil Science), Resilient Dryland Systems


Dr Girish Chander is a Scientist (Soil Science) at ICRISAT and is based at Patancheru since 2010. Dr Girish has his PhD in Soil Science (Chemistry/Fertility) from HP Agricultural University and MSc in Agricultural Chemistry & Soil Science from West Bengal Agricultural University. He also holds MBA with specialization in Marketing & HR from Sikkim Manipal University.

Chander works on diagnosing soil fertility constraints, developing and evaluating soil test-based integrated nutrient management (INM) options to improve livelihoods in the semi-arid tropics (SAT). He is one of the recipients of ICRISAT sponsored Doreen Margaret Mashler Award, 2011 for outstanding contribution to unlock the potential of rainfed agriculture in Karnataka by integrating research for development. Between 2002 to 2009, he has also worked in Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University, Aadhaar Retailing Limited and Himachal Pradesh Department of Agriculture.

He has to his credit about 30 peer-reviewed journal and 30 other (conference, book chapter, monograph and popular articles) publications. His publications are focused on emerging deficiencies of multiple nutrients in the SAT; role of balanced nutrition in increasing crop/water productivity; diversification and resilience building of SAT production systems; C-sequestration and rehabilitation of degraded lands through biodiesel plants like Jatropha; food nutritional quality; N & P use efficiency; recycling of farm wastes to cut use of chemical fertilizers; bio-fertilizers and mobilizers; and sustainable use of natural resources through integrated watershed management concept.