Ram C. Chaudhary

Global Rice Genetics & Breeding Expert

Dr. Ram Chet Chaudhary holds a Ph. D. degree in Genetics and Plant Breeding and Post Doctorates from Technical University Munich, Germany and IRRI Philippines.  Born and educated in India, he has been working with various national and international organizations for the last 42 years.    Throughout first 10 years of his career, he served as Rice Breeder, and Associate Director and Professor of G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, in Pantnagar, India. Over the next 5 years he served Rajendra Agriculture University, Pusa (Bihar), India as Chief Rice Scientist, Professor of Plant Breeding, and Regional Director.  Working 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, in 100 rice growing countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas and Oceania.   Dr. Chaudhary was awarded the Gold Medal by the Prime Minister of Cambodia for his contribution in turning the nation into a rice exporter.   With the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, 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, especially India and Cambodia.    Dr. Chaudhary has 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, the 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 the UG level in Indian agricultural universities.   He is a 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, in addition to 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. Recent career highlights include having rejuvenated the local aromatic rice Kalanamak KN3 released in 2010, git protected under PVP&FR and GI, and its high yielding semi-dwarf version “Bauna Kalanamak” in 2014.

Ram C. Chaudhary

Global Rice Genetics & Breeding Expert

Dr. Ram Chet Chaudhary holds a Ph. D. degree in Genetics and Plant Breeding and Post Doctorates from Technical University Munich, Germany and IRRI Philippines.  Born and educated in India, he has been working with various national and international organizations for the last 42 years.    Throughout first 10 years of his career, he served as Rice Breeder, and Associate Director and Professor of G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, in Pantnagar, India. Over the next 5 years he served Rajendra Agriculture University, Pusa (Bihar), India as Chief Rice Scientist, Professor of Plant Breeding, and Regional Director.  Working 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, in 100 rice growing countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas and Oceania.   Dr. Chaudhary was awarded the Gold Medal by the Prime Minister of Cambodia for his contribution in turning the nation into a rice exporter.   With the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, 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, especially India and Cambodia.    Dr. Chaudhary has 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, the 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 the UG level in Indian agricultural universities.   He is a 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, in addition to 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. Recent career highlights include having rejuvenated the local aromatic rice Kalanamak KN3 released in 2010, git protected under PVP&FR and GI, and its high yielding semi-dwarf version “Bauna Kalanamak” in 2014.