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Krishna Joshi

Krishna Joshi

Country Representative for Nepal


As the Country Representative, Krishna represents IRRI’s interests and coherently and strategically coordinates activities in Nepal with NARES partners—federal, provincial, and local governments. He also leads the development and implementation of the Nepal country strategy for the IRRI’s research, outreach, training and resource mobilization with a focus on the key contributions that the institute can make to the development of rice-based agri-food systems in the country.

He is actively engaged in ongoing research efforts in Nepal to accelerate the uptake and dissemination of technology, practices, and innovations championed by IRRI, and capacity building of NARES partners and other stakeholders in rice science and technologies. Krishna also contributes in identifying and developing opportunities for mobilizing resources from both traditional and non-traditional donor sources for the implementation of GoN-IRRI Work Plan. He played a key role in the signing of IRRI-AFU 5-Year MoU leading towards rice-based agri-food systems transformation in Nepal. On-farm management of agrobiodiversity, participatory plant breeding, participatory variety selection, seed systems development, participatory scaling up, and rapid impact creation are his major areas of specialization.

Krishna brings more than 30 years of experience in applied science with a focus on delivering genetic gains to farmers’ fields by fast tracking the deployment of new, high-yielding, and climate-resilient crop varieties and strengthening seed systems. Before joining IRRI in 2018, Krishna was a senior scientist at the International Wheat and Maize Improvement Centre (CIMMYT), Bangor University in the United Kingdom, and the Government of Nepal. He co-founded and worked with Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development. He also worked for nearly a decade at the Lumle Agricultural Research Centre.

Krishna holds a PhD in Plant Breeding from the University of Wales, UK and an MPhil in Plant Breeding and Genetics from Cambridge University, UK. He obtained a BSc degree in Agriculture from the University of Agricultural Sciences, India.


  • Hybrid Rice Technology Transfer Project - Nepal
  • Accelerating Genetic Gains in Rice
  • Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia - Nepal


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