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Ravinder (Ravi) Khetarpal Regional Advisor, Strategic Science Partnerships, South Asia

T: + 91 11 25842366


CABI, 2nd Floor, CG Block, NASC Complex, DP Shastri Marg, New Delhi - 110012, India

I have served the National Agricultural Research System in India for three decades including as Head, Plant Quarantine Division, National Bureau of Plant Genetics Resources, ICAR, New Delhi in the last ten years. I lead a number of research projects in seed transmitted viruses, plant quarantine detection and disinfestations procedures and GMO detection. Besides, I have contributed towards technical and policy issues and for capacity building in areas of phytosanitation, biosecurity, biosafety and seed certification for viruses. I worked as a Consultant in Technical Cooperation Projects of FAO of the United Nations for compliance to SPS/WTO in India, Mauritius, Nepal, Cambodia and Indonesia. I have published 105 research papers, 12 books (including Plant Virus Disease Control published from American Phytopathological Society, USA) and 64 review articles and policy papers.

I have joined CABI in March 2010 and presently engaged in enhancing CABI’s profile in India. I am involved in the on-going project of Plantwise Initiative and coordinating other on-going projects of CABI in India. I am exploring opportunities for international development projects and for a long term business plan for CABI in the region.

Project image: Controlling Japanese knotweed in Great Britain

Promoting sustainable tea production in India

India is the second largest producer and exporter of tea in the world and it can be a powerful engine for development. However, tea crops here suffer from a range of pests and diseases. Pesticides are the main management solution but this results in increased production costs and potential risks to human...
Project image: Controlling Japanese knotweed in Great Britain

Building capacity for directly planted rice

As a very important crop in India, the growing of rice and tackling pests and diseases is given lots of attention. Rice that’s planted directly into the field cuts effort and water consumption but increases the likelihood of pest damage. Our aim therefore is to develop a sustainable and scalable system of...