Martin Gummert, a graduate of the University of Hohenheim, Germany, is a Senior Scientist leading IRRI's mechanization and postharvest research for development. He is leading the Closing the Yield Gaps in Asia (CORIGAP) project that aims at co-developing science-based tools to close yield gaps while protecting the environment; implement effective and widespread diffusion of project outputs, leading to improved production systems that increase the livelihoods of smallholder rice farmers; and meet the increases in rice production required to maintain food security in Asia.
Martin is an agricultural engineer with more than 30 years of experience working in Asia, Europe, and Africa. He is an internationally recognized expert on sustainable agricultural development, with specific expertise on postharvest, mechanization, SMI promotion and value chain upgrading. He has published extensively; he authored and co-authored 37 peer-reviewed journal papers and 23 book chapters, edited one book, and authored 63 other papers and proceedings. He is a life member of the Asian Association of Agricultural Engineers (AAAE), and a member of the German Association of Engineers, VDI. He received 4 awards including the Medal for the Cause of Agricultural Development from Vietnam.
From 1991 to 1997, Martin led, for the University of Hohenheim and GTZ, a collaborative project with IRRI on Postharvest Technologies for Rice in the Humid Tropics. He was team leader of the Indonesian German Assistance to the Indonesian Agricultural Machinery Project (ATIAMI) from 1997 to 2001 and worked as a development consultant from 2001-2003. In 2003, he rejoined IRRI.
Martin holds a Dipl. Ing. Agr. in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany.