Sita Ghimire is a senior scientist leading the Swedish funded “Climate-smart Brachiaria grasses for improving livestock production in East Africa” program at the BecA-ILRI Hub.
Born and raised in a farming family from the western hills of Nepal, Ghimire holds a B.Sc. in Agricultural Sciences from the Tribhuvan University, Nepal; a M.Sc. in Applied Plant Sciences from the University of London, United Kingdom; and a Ph.D. in Mycology from the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
Prior to joining the BecA-ILRI Hub, Ghimire served as a plant pathologist at the Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC) where he was responsible for conducting need based agricultural research to generate technologies for subsistence and semi-commercial farmers of western Nepal, implementing outreach research activities and training farmers and extension officials on contemporary crop protection technologies. For six years, his research focused on the exploration and use of plant associated beneficial microbes (endophytic fungi and bacteria) to enhance productivity, drought tolerance, disease resistance and other fitness characteristics in staple food crops and bioenergy crops.
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