Speaker's Profile

Ganesh B Thapa

Dr Ganesh Thapa worked for the International Fund for Agricultural Development(IFAD) from March 1998 to April 2014 as the Regional Economist for Asia and the Pacific Region and as the Country Programme Manager for North Korea. He is currently a Visiting Scientist at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). He has a Ph.D in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University, USA. He also has university degrees from the University of the Philippines and G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, India. 
As Regional Economist, he led IFAD’s work on policy analysis and strategy formulation for agricultural development and rural poverty reduction in Asia and the Pacific region. Prior to joining IFAD, he worked as Country Director for Winrock International in Nepal and led a project on policy analysis in agriculture and natural resource management. He has also worked as a Senior Economist for the Ministry of Agriculture, Nepal. He has undertaken research and published books and articles on such topics as risks, vulnerability, and poverty reduction; sustainability of microfinance; indigenous peoples and poverty reduction; effects of new agricultural technologies on income distribution; constraints on agricultural marketing; and food security and environmental policies.