Ram Sharma

Ram Sharma is Principal Scientist and Regional Coordinator for Central Asia and the Caucasus (CAC) at the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He is also Head of the CGIAR Program Facilitation Unit for the CAC region. Prior to joining ICARDA, he was a Professor of Plant Breeding at the Tribhuvan University in the Institute of Agriculture and Animal Sciences (now University of Agriculture and Forestry) in Nepal. Prof. Sharma also worked as a visiting scientist at the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines and International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Mexico. He obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Crop Science from Ohio State University and Oklahoma State University, respectively, in the USA. He has over 30 years of experiences in agricultural research and education covering diverse fields of crop improvement, agronomy, plant pathology, crop physiology, biometrics and biotechnology. He has been working in Central Asia since 2008. He coordinates extensive partnership and collaborative research work of ICARDA with the national research and academic institutions both in public and private sectors in the CAC region. His research collaborations and partnership in the CAC region have identified 16 improved winter wheat varieties that combine high yield, improved quality and tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses. In particular the new wheat varieties with resistance to stripe rust, a devastating fungal disease threatening food security in the region, eliminate or minimize the application of fungicide, save production coast, and protect environment and human health.