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Humnath Bhandari

Humnath Bhandari

Country Representative for Bangladesh


Humnath is an Agricultural & Environmental Economist and the IRRI Country Representative for Bangladesh. He serves as a mission leader and liaises with the government, investors, civil societies, NGOs, and the private sector to coordinate, lead, and implement IRRI’s programs in Bangladesh. In addition, he oversees the overall management of IRRI Bangladesh Office, leads the development of IRRI country programs, and strengthens partnership with stakeholders. 

As an applied economist with over 20 years of knowledge and experience, Humnath has been working on diverse research and development projects focusing on rural livelihood, food and nutrition security, poverty, climate change, natural resource management, food value chain, agribusiness, market system development, impact assessment, and policy analysis in rice-based agri-food systems in South and Southeast Asia. Currently, he is leading two projects namely “Climate change adaptation of rural households in Charland of Bangladesh” and “Impact of Alternate Wetting and Drying (AWD) irrigation technology on rice farmers in Bangladesh.” He has strong competency in qualitative and quantitative research methods including designing survey questionnaires, managing large dataset, and analyzing data using state-of-the-art econometric methods and software package such as GAMS, LIMDEP, SPSS, and STATA.  

Prior to joining IRRI, Humnath worked as an Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics at the Tribhuban University, Nepal during 2000-2003 and as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS), Japan during 2005-2007. Currently, he serves as an advisor to the Institute for Social and Environment Research-Nepal. 

Humnath holds a PhD in Agricultural and Environmental Economics from the University of the Philippines Los Baños, the Philippines. He was awarded the Mahendra Bidhya Bhusan Gold Medal by the then His Majesty King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Saha Dev of Nepal in 2001 and a research fellowship by the Japan Society for Promotion of Science in 2005. He has co-authored and published pertinent books and book chapters, peer-reviewed journal articles, research papers, and policy briefs. One of his co-authored papers was awarded with the “2014 Best Paper” published in Agricultural Economics Journal.