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Director of GRiSP Bas Bouman

Bas is the director of the Global Rice Science Partnership, the CGIAR Research Program on Rice. With an annual value of around 100 M $US, GRiSP 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 water management and rice. He has authored and co-authored over 250 scientific papers, and wrote and edited 5 books. He holds positions on various international advisory bodies (eg the Sustainable Rice Platform) and is member of the prestigious Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities.


  • Science management
  • Agricultural development and food security
  • Rice research and development
  • Water management
  • Systems analysis and simulation modeling


  • PhD in remote sensing and crop modeling, Wageningen Agricultural University, Netherlands
  • MSc in irrigation and drainage, Wageningen Agricultural University, Netherlands


  • Director of the Global Rice Science Partnership (2012-present)
  • Program Leader, Sustaining Productivity in Rice-based Systems, IRRI (2008-2012)
  • Head of Crop and Environmental Sciences Division, IRRI (2007-2012)
  • Senior Scientist, water management, IRRI (1999-2012)
  • Crop water productivity theme leader, CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food (2004-2006)
  • Senior scientific researcher, Wageningen Agricultural University/Center for Research and Education in Tropical Agriculture in Costa Rica (1996-1998)
  • Senior scientific researcher, Research Institute for Agrobiology and Soil Fertility, Netherlands (1992-1996)
  • Researcher, Research Institute for Centre for Agrobiological Research, Netherlands (1987-1992)


  • Member, Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (2013)
  • Honorary member, Philippine Society of Agricultural Engineers (2003)


  1. Ahmadi N, Bouman B, 2013. Riz et rizicultures, enjeux économiques, écologiques et scientifiques. Cahiers Agricultures, 22 : 333-5.
  2. Bouman, B.A.M., Haefele, S.M, Izzi, G., Peng Shaobing, Hsiao, T.C., 2012. Rice. In: Crop Yield response to water, FAO Irrigation and drainage paper 66, FAO, Rome, Italy. Pp 104-113.
  3. Lampayan, RM., B.A.M. Bouman, J.L. de Dios, A.J. Espiritu, J.B. Soriano, A.T. Lactaoen, J.E. Faronilo and K.M. Thant. 2010. Yield of aerobic rice in rainfed lowlands of the Philippines as affected by nitrogen management and row spacing. Field Crops Res. 116: 165-174.
  4. Haefele, S.M., J.D.L.C. Siopongco, A.A. Boling, B.A.M. Bouman , T.P.Tuong. 2009. Transpiration efficiency of rice (Oryza sativa L.). Field Crops Res. 111: 1-9.
  5. Xue Chanying, Yang Xiaoguang, B.A.M. Bouman, Deng Wei, Zhang Qiuping, Yan Weixiong, Zhang Tianyi, Rouzi Aji, Wang Huaqi. 2008. Optimizing yield, water requirements, and water productivity of aerobic rice for the North China Plain. Irrigation Science 26: 459-474.
  6. Qi Jing, Bas Bouman, Herman van Keulen, Huib Hengsdijk, Weixing Cao, Tingbo Dai. 2008. Disentangling the effects of environmental factors on yield and nitrogen uptake of irrigated rice in Asia. Agricultural Systems 98: 177-188.
  7. Bouman, B.A.M. 2007. A conceptual framework for the improvement of crop water productivity at different spatial scales. Agricultural Sys. 93: 43-60.
  8. Bouman, B.A.M., E. Humphreys, T.P. Tuong, R. Barker. 2006. Rice and water. Advances in Agronomy 92: 187-237.
  9. Bouman, B.A.M., Yang Xiaoguang, Wang Huaqi, Wang Zhimin, Zhao Junfang, Chen Bin. 2006. Performance of aerobic rice varieties under irrigated conditions in North China. Field Crops Res. 97: 53-65.
  10. Bouman, B.A.M. and H.H. van Laar. 2006. Description and evaluation of the rice growth model ORYZA2000 under nitrogen-limited conditions. Agricultural Systems 87: 249-273.

Bas Bouman
Dr. Bas Bouman
Director, Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP)

International Rice Research Institute
Los Baños, Laguna

+63 2 845 0563
ext 2707/2331


This video features insights from GRiSP director Bas Bouman during the 25 February-1 March 2013 Theme Leaders Meeting held at the headquarters of IRRI.