The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has named Bangladeshi economist Shahidur Rashid to be the new regional director for South Asia, based in New Delhi, India.
“Shahid has a strong research record, he has successfully managed large projects in Ethiopia and Bangladesh as well as several multi-country research projects in both Africa and Asia…”, said Dr Shenggen Fan, the Director General of IFPRI, says a press release.Currently a Senior Research Fellow at IFPRI’s Development Strategies and Governance Division, Dr Rashid received his PhD in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MS in economics from Chittagong University, Bangladesh.
Since joining IFPRI as a postdoctoral fellow in 1999, he has conceptualized and implemented multi-country research programmes in both Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. From October 2005 to August 2010, he was based in IFPRI’s East and South Africa Regional office in Addis Ababa, where he conducted research and coordinated IFPRI’s programmes on agricultural markets and trade related issues.
Dr Rashid is a well-recognised food and agriculture policy researcher. In addition to top academic journals, his research has been published through highly respected academic publishing houses like Johns Hopkins University Press, Oxford University Press, University Pennsylvania Press, Joint Research Center (JRC) of the European Commission, as well as IFPRI.
He was also an invited co-author of the first report from the UN High Level of Panel of Expert (HLPE) report on global food security.
At IFPRI, Dr Rashid’s research has been funded by many agencies including Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Department for International Development (DfID), UK, European Union, German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Bank, the World Food Program (WFP), Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), as well as other agencies.
Throughout his career, Dr Rashid has taken extra efforts for translating research into policy actions. While living in Ethiopia, he coordinated a set of sector studies that led to the establishment of Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agencies (ATA), which is now well recognised as a model in the continent.