Bangladeshi researcher named IFPRI’s South Asia director

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:07, Mar 21,2019 | Updated: 00:47, Mar 21,2019

 
 

Shahidur Rashid

Bangladeshi food and agriculture policy researcher Shahidur Rashid has been appointed as South Asia regional director of the International Food Policy Research Institute, IFPRI in short.
A news release issued from IFPRI headquarters in Washington DC on Friday stated that Shahidur will assume his new position in New Delhi, India on April 16, 2019, succeeding PK Joshi.
‘Shahid has a strong research record, has successfully managed large projects in Ethiopia and Bangladesh as well as several multi-country research projects in both Africa and Asia’, the release said quoting Shenggen Fan, director general of IFPRI.
Currently, a senior research fellow at IFPRI’s Development Strategies and Governance Division, Shahidur received his PhD in economics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MS in economics from Chittagong University of Bangladesh.
Shahidur, who joined IFPRI as a postdoctoral fellow in 1999, has conceptualised and implemented multi-country research programmes in both Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.
From October 2005 to August 2010, he was based in IFPRI’s East and South Africa regional office in Addis Ababa, to conduct research on agricultural markets and trade related issues, said the release.
Shahidur’s research papers were published through Johns Hopkins University Press, Oxford University Press, University of Pennsylvania Press, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, as well as IFPRI.
He also participated in the team that received the 2017 Bruce Gardner Memorial Award for influential policy research from the American Applied Economics Association, the release said.

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