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Evidence and Learning Associate
Shriniwas Gautam is part of the Evidence and Learning Division of the Pulte Institute for Global Development. He is an agricultural economist by trade with demonstrated expertise in planning, monitoring, and evaluation of a wide range of agriculture and rural development projects. He has worked with a wide variety of projects in different organizational settings (government, university, and R4D organizations, as well as an independent consultant). Areas of interest and expertise include monitoring and evaluation of projects, including impact evaluation of development interventions with a specific focus on food security, poverty, gender social inclusion, and sustainability; agricultural value chain analysis, and regional disparities (health access, digital divide). His published work spans different areas including agricultural pest management and pesticide use, the effectiveness of participatory extension approaches, issues of health access disparities, and the effectiveness of agriculture input subsidy policies in developing country contexts. He has also worked in the COVID-19 response plan in the agriculture sector using primary data to assess the immediate impact of COVID-19 in agricultural communities in Nepal.
Prior to joining the Pulte Institute, Gautam worked with the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and was based in Nepal as the socio-economist for a USAID-funded project with a special focus on agricultural input market development. Prior to that, he worked for The World Vegetable Center based in Thailand with monitoring and evaluation responsibilities for vegetable post-harvest projects covering six counties in Asia and Africa. In the past, he has worked with the University of Missouri, where he was involved in a federally funded rural broadband expansion project. Prior to 2003, when he joined Michigan State University as a Fulbright Scholar, he worked with the Ministry of Agriculture Development as an agricultural economist with a special focus on expanding agricultural marketing infrastructure in rural areas.
He holds a Ph.D. in agricultural/applied economics, coupled with a graduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from the University of Missouri – Columbia (USA). He holds a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University (USA) and also from Marathwada Agricultural University (India). In addition, he has completed a MA in Sociology and an undergraduate degree in agricultural sciences, both from Tribhuvan University in Nepal.