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Bas Bouman

Bas Bouman

Platform Leader - Sustainable Impact through Rice-based Systems



Bas Bouman is the Director of the CGIAR Research Program on rice (RICE), also known as the Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP). With an annual value of 60-80M $US, RICE strategizes and aligns the rice research for development agenda of a global partnership of over 900 partners worldwide from the governmental, nongovernmental, public, private, and civil society sectors. Bas provides strategic leadership and directs the program on science and research, strategic and development outcomes, and impacts on food security, poverty alleviation, environmental sustainability, and gender equity.

Bas is an agricultural engineer and agro-ecologist with more than 25 years of experience working in Asia, Latin America, and Europe. He is an internationally-recognized expert on sustainable agricultural development and food security, with specific expertise on crop modelling, water management, and rice. He has published extensively in leading agricultural journals and was editorial board member of a number of journals in crop and agricultural sciences. He authored 130 peer-reviewed journal papers, wrote/edited 5 books, and authored 140 other papers and proceedings. His H-index is 34 using Web of Science and 58 using Google Scholar. He held/holds positions on various international advisory and governance bodies (eg CGIAR Consortium Board, Sustainable Rice Platform, Comprehensive assessment of Water and Food), is honorary member of the Philippine Society of Agricultural, and member of the prestigious Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities.

From 1987 to 1996, Bas worked at the Research Institute for Agrobiology and Soil Fertility (AB-DLO, former CABO) in Wageningen in the field of agro-ecology, specializing in remote sensing, crop and water balance modelling and systems analysis. He then worked at the Wageningen Agricultural University and the Centre for Research and Education in Tropical Agriculture (CATIE) in Costa Rica on land use analysis and livestock system optimization from 1996 to 1998. Since 1999, Bas Bouman worked as senior water scientist at the International Rice Research Institute. In 2004-2006, he was employed as the Theme Leader Crop productivity of the CGIAR Challenge Program Water and Food. From 2007 to 2012, he was head of the International Rice Research Institute’s (IRRI) Crop and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD), and from 2008 to 2012, Leader of IRRI’s Intensive Rice Production Systems program.


  • PhD in agricultural and environmental sciences, Wageningen Agricultural University, Netherlands
  • MSc Cum Laude in irrigation and drainage, Wageningen Agricultural University, Netherlands