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Sudhir Yadav

Sudhir Yadav is leading various aspects of sustainable management of agriculture and natural resources toward increasing food security and environmental quality in developing countries.

His major areas of expertise encompass integrated water management and agronomy in irrigated and rainfed environments. He is engaged in the full spectrum of basic, strategic, and applied research to unravel insights and develop water-smart technologies, water governance framework and engage in policy dialogues to help in addressing challenges of food-energy-water nexus.

Research Projects

  • “Water-efficient and risk mitigation technologies for enhancing rice production in irrigated and rainfed environments” (WateRice). 2016-2020 funded by Philippines Government under Food Self Sufficiency Program (FSSP). The project is focused on improving decision making and water governance with ICT tools.
  • “Unlocking the production potential of “polder communities” in coastal Bangladesh through improved resource use efficiency and diversified cropping systems”, funded by USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Sustainable (2016 to 2019). The focus of the project is on increasing farm income and nutrition security by intensifying polder farming systems through implementation of sustainable and economically viable practices including community water management.
  • “Closing Yield Gaps in Asia (CORIGAP) funded by SDC: leading technology targeting and water management activities."
  • “Accelerating the development and dissemination of associated rice production technologies that are resource-use efficient” (2013-2015).
  • Research objective Leader and Hub Coordinator for the CSISA project (phase II; 2012-2015) with a focus to pursue an interlinked set of technology development, refinement, and scaling objectives to catalyze durable change at scale in South Asia’s cereal systems by accelerating adoption of sustainable intensification technologies (SI). It includes strategic decisions on introduction of new innovation for increasing the system productivity. SI technologies for rice include dry seeded rice, mechanical transplanting (under puddled and non-puddled conditions), improved water, weed and nutrient management and reducing post-harvest losses.
  • “Accelerating resource conserving technology adoption to improve food security and rural livelihoods while reducing adverse environmental impacts in the Indo-Gangetic Plains (India, Bangladesh, and Nepal)” funded by IFAD. This project (2011-2013) was targeted towards developing the guidelines for dry seeded rice across different ago-climatic environment and also focused on evaluate the impacts of dry seeded rice.

PhD dissertations with Dr Sudhir Yadav

  • Water Governance Assessment to improve the production potential in Polder 30 of Coastal Bangladesh. Deb Kumar Nath with Bangladesh Agricultural University, Bangladesh(2017-2019)
  • A Geospatial, Socio-Environmental Model for Improving Polder Production Systems. Aaron M. Shew with University of Arkansas, USA (2016-2018)
  • Productivity trade-off with different water regimes and genotypes of rice under non-puddled conditions in eastern India. Ipsita Kar with Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology (2014-2017)
  • “Maximization of Productivity and Resource Use Efficiency in Irrigated Rice - based cropping systems of Odisha”, Pravamanjari Giri with Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology (2014-2017).
  • “Options for improving water use efficiency and drought avoidance in rice in Cauvery delta zone” K. Chelladuri with Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (2013-2017)
  • Effect of tillage, establishment methods and water management practices on the performance of rice” Santhosh U.N. (2013-2016)


  • Explorative analysis of water governance
  • Decision support tools for water management
  • Water and Ecosystem
  • System agronomy


  • PhD in Water management, The University of Adelaide, South Australia, Australia (2011)
  • MSc in Agronomy, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India (2005)
  • BSc in Hons. Agriculture, CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Haryana, India (2003)


  • Scientist II, IRRI (2015-present)
  • Scientist I, IRRI (2013-2015)
  • Post Doctoral Fellow, IRRI (2011-2013)
  • Research Fellow, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India (2005-2007)


  • John Allwright Research Fellowship, ACIAR, Australia (2007-2011)
  • Junior Research Fellowship, ICAR, India (2003-2005)


  1. Balwinder-Singh, E. Humphreys, Sudhir-Yadav and D.S. Gaydon (2015) Options for productivity of the rice–wheat system of north-west India while reducing groundwater depletion. Part 1. Rice variety duration, sowing date and inclusion of mungbean. Field Crops Research 173, 68-80.
  2. Sudhir-Yadav, G. Evangelista, J. Faronilo, E. Humphreys, A. Establishment method effects on crop performance and water productivity of irrigated rice in the tropics. Field Crops Research 166, 112-127.
  3. Sudhir-Yadav, E.Humphreys, S.S.Kukal, Gurjeet Gill, and R. Rangarajan (2011). Effect of water management on dry seeded and puddled transplanted rice Part 2: Water balance and water productivity. Field Crops Research 120, 123-132.
  4. Sudhir-Yadav, Tao Li, E. Humphreys, Gurjeet Gill and S.S.Kukal (2011) Evaluation and application of ORYZA2000 for irrigation scheduling of puddled transplanted rice in North West India. Field Crops Research 122, 104-117.
  5. Kukal S.S, Sudhir-Yadav, E. Humphreys, Amanpreet-Kaur, Yadvinder-Singh and S. Thaman, B. Singh, J. Timsina (2010). Factor affecting irrigation water savings in raised beds in rice and wheat. Field Crops Research 118, 43-50.
  6. Humphreys, E., Kukal, S.S., Christen, E.W., Balwinder-Singh, Sudhir-Yadav, Sharma, R.K., 2010. Halting the ground water decline in north-west India - which crop technologies will be winners? Advances in Agronomy 109, 155-217.

Sudhir YadavDr. Sudhir Yadav
Irrigated Systems Agronomist

Crop and Environmental Sciences Division
International Rice Research Institute
Mailing address: DAPO 7777 Metro Manila, Philippines

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