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Rajendra Adhikari

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Rajendra Adhikari

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Rajendra (Raj) is a value chain management specialist with an agribusiness background. He brings multiple theoretical perspectives and a broad range of practical skills to the challenge of analysing the complex interactions within agribusiness environment. He has more than 17 years of experience in agricultural economics, extension, project monitoring and evaluation, research, teaching and policy development from regional operational roles to senior management and international representation of his home country in multi-lateral development assistance forums. Rajendra is passionate about people-oriented research and evidence-based policy outcomes as critical components in achieving positive and sustainable social impacts. Rajendra is in the research team of the Aspirations for Food and Agriculture (TasAgFuture) project.

Biography

Rajendra was previously the Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Agricultural Development, Nepal. In that role, he led a policy reform initiative within the Ministry in collaboration with International Food Policy Research Institute South Asia. During his tenure, he coordinated the design and implementation of donor funded projects in agriculture, a majority of which employed the value chain approach to development. He also facilitated the formulation and endorsement of Agricultural Development Strategy (2015-35) for Nepal. He represented Nepal and the Ministry in various international bilateral and multilateral forums, including the roles as the head of delegation in the first meeting of Pakistan-Nepal joint working group on agriculture in Islamabad, fifth joint Nepal-India agricultural working group meeting in Kathmandu, fourth BIMSTEC expert group meeting on agricultural cooperation in Kathmandu and the 37th session of International Fund for Agricultural Development's (IFAD) governing council in Rome, Italy. He was a regular presenter at national and international conferences, symposia and panel discussions. His training and experiences also include monitoring and evaluation of development interventions, farmer field school approach of agricultural extension, right-based approach to food and nutrition security and policy analysis. In between, he undertook research on development of agrifood value chains in developing countries at the University of Queensland, Australia.

Career summary

Qualifications

Degree

Thesis title

University

Country

Date of award

PhD

Developing agri-food industry in Nepal: a value chain management perspective

The University of Queensland

Australia

2013

Master of Agribusiness

Evaluation of agricultural policies in Nepal: a rice Industry perspective

The University of Queensland

Australia

2006

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture

 

Tribhuwan University, Kathmandu

Nepal

1993

Languages (other than English)

Nepali and Hindi

Memberships

Professional practice

  • International Society for Horticultural Science (Member)
  • Nepal Agricultural Economics Society (Member)
  • Nepal Agriculture Extension Society (Member)

Administrative expertise

In the capacity of Joint Secretary, Rajendra served as the Chief of Policy and International Cooperation Coordination Division at the Ministry of Agricultural Development, Nepal. He assumed the chair's responsibilities on various committees with representatives of value chain actors, government and development partners. Until recently, he was a Director on the Board of Directors of Agricultural Development Bank Nepal.

Teaching

Value Chain Analysis, Supply/Value Chain Management; Agribusiness Management

Teaching expertise

Rajendra intermittently taught Master of Agribusiness courses at Himalayan College of Agricultural Science and Technology, Kathmandu as an adjunct faculty. He also undertook casual academic role to teach Supply Chain Management course offered to postgraduate students at the University of Queensland, Australia.

Teaching responsibility

KLA603 Value Chain Innovation (Part of the MBA (Professional) Agricultural Innovation and available to Master of Applied Science students). This unit provides the theoretical perspectives and methodological skills for students to be able to investigate, improve or develop collaborative innovation (co-innovation) in agrifood value chains in Developed and Developing Economies. It provides an understanding of value chains as systems that create value for consumers and how that value is shared amongst members of the chain.

Research Appointments

Rajendra's notable past appointments in the field of agricultural development include:

  • Chair, Technical committee on zero hunger challenge initiative in Nepal supported by UN/FAO;
  • Government of Nepal Focal Person (Agriculture) for SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) and BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation);
  • Director, Board of Directors, Agriculture Development Bank Nepal;
  • Chair of Advisory committee on policy reform initiative in Nepal, Program funded by USAID and implemented by IFPRI South Asia;
  • Member of agribusiness management subject committee (2015) at the Institute of Agriculture and Animal Sciences, Tribhuvan University Nepal

Research Invitations

Value chain co-innovation research

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Expertise

  • Value chain analysis/management
  • Regional innovation
  • Monitoring and evaluation of development intervention
  • Public policy

Collaboration

In his role as the Chief of Policy and International Cooperation Coordination Division at the Ministry of Agricultural Development, Nepal, Rajendra has collaborated with International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) South Asia to implement agrifood policy reform in Nepal. He also coordinated in formulating Agriculture Development Strategy (2015-25) for Nepal, a project supported by 13 overseas development assistance donor agencies. Rajendra, until recent past, was steering committee member of development projects funded by World Bank, Asian Development Bank, IFAD, FAO, DANIDA, SDC and USAID, being implemented in Nepal. He passionately worked to develop policy analytical capacity of Ministry of Agricultural Development in Nepal. He is currently involved in the Global Value Chain Research Group which is a multi-disciplinary, cross-School collaborative research group within the University of Tasmania.

Awards

Rajendra is the recipient of prestigious awards, including

  • Nepal Education Medal A (2014) and B (2010), Government of Nepal, Ministry of Education
  • Australian Leadership Award (2009-2013), Government of Australia
  • Dean's Commendation for High Achievements (2005, 2006), The University of Queensland, Australia
  • Australian Development Scholarship (2005-2006), Government of Australia

Current projects

Since joining SLAF/TIA in October 2015, Rajendra has undertaken the leadership of the value chain research component of ACIAR Project SMCN/2014/088 Integrating soil and water management in vegetable production in Lao PDR and Cambodia and has joined the research team for RIRDC Project PRJ-010109 Rapid assessments of regional primary industry competitiveness. He is also fully engaged in implementing the strategies of the Global Value Chain Research Group including the Global Value Chain Forum and the Global Value Chain Thinkers-in-Residence Program. Raj is a social reseacher on the Aspirations for Food and Agriculture (TasAgFuture) project.

Fields of Research

  • Farm Management, Rural Management and Agribusiness (070106)
  • Regional Analysis and Development (120505)
  • Horticultural Crop Growth and Development (070601)
  • Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning) (160404)
  • Agricultural Systems Analysis and Modelling (070105)
  • Post Harvest Horticultural Technologies (incl. Transportation and Storage) (070605)
  • Animal Production (070299)
  • Entrepreneurship (150304)
  • Horticultural Production (070699)
  • Agronomy (070302)
  • Farming Systems Research (070107)
  • Rural Sociology (160804)
  • Crop and Pasture Post Harvest Technologies (incl. Transportation and Storage) (070307)
  • Sustainable Agricultural Development (070108)
  • Air Transportation and Freight Services (150701)
  • Road Transportation and Freight Services (150703)

Research Objectives

  • Management and Productivity (910499)
  • Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales (960501)
  • Pome Fruit, Pip Fruit (820210)
  • Technological and Organisational Innovation (910406)
  • Stone Fruit (820211)
  • Management (910402)
  • Beef Cattle (830301)
  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society (970116)
  • Economic Framework (919999)
  • Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis (940204)
  • Wild Caught Crustaceans (excl. Rock Lobster and Prawns) (830202)
  • Agricultural and Environmental Standards (910501)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services (970115)
  • Environmentally Sustainable Plant Production (829899)
  • Vegetables (820215)
  • Harvesting and Packing of Plant Products (820699)
  • Mushrooms and Truffles (820207)
  • Tropical Fruit (820214)

Publications

Rajendra's publications are centred on value chain development, consumer value, relationships in value chains, policy evaluation and public policy for development.

Total publications

30

Journal Article

(15 outputs)
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2018Adhikari RP, Bonney L, Woods M, Clark S, Coates L, et al., 'Applying a community entrepreneurship development (CED) framework', Small Enterprise Research, 25, (3) pp. 257-275. ISSN 1321-5906 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/13215906.2018.1522274 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Bonney L; Woods M; Clark S; Coates L; Harwood A

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2018Kumar A, Roy D, Tripathi G, Joshi PK, Adhikari RP, 'Does contract farming improve profits and food safety? Evidence from tomato cultivation in Nepal', Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies, 8, (3) pp. 603-624. ISSN 2044-0839 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1108/JADEE-09-2017-0095 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

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2018Woods M, Adhikari RP, Bonney L, Ross S, Coates L, et al., 'Regional development and the Toowoomba Surat Basin Enterprise organization', Small Enterprise Research, 25, (3) pp. 290-302. ISSN 1321-5906 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/13215906.2018.1522273 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Woods M; Bonney L; Ross S; Coates L

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2018Ho LPK, Nguyen CN, Adhikari RP, Miles MP, Bonney L, 'Exploring market orientation, innovation, and financial performance in agricultural value chains in emerging economies', Journal of Innovation and Knowledge, 3, (3) pp. 154-163. ISSN 2444-569X (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jik.2017.03.008 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 14

Co-authors: Miles MP; Bonney L

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2017Adhikari RP, Bonney L, Miles MP, 'When can a farmer be an entrepreneur? Taking entrepreneurship back to the future', International Journal of the Nepalese Academy of Management, 5 pp. 117-129. ISSN 2091-2471 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Bonney L

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2017Ho KLP, Nguyen CN, Adhikari R, Miles MP, Bonney L, 'Leveraging innovation knowledge management to create positional advantage in agricultural value chains', Journal of Innovation and Knowledge pp. 1-11. ISSN 2444-569X (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jik.2017.08.001 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 25

Co-authors: Bonney L

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2017Takeshima H, Adhikari RP, Shivakoti S, Kaphle BD, Kumar A, 'Heterogeneous returns to chemical fertilizer at the intensive margins: insights from Nepal', Food Policy, 69 pp. 97-109. ISSN 0306-9192 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.foodpol.2017.03.007 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6

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2016Bhattarai BK, Adhikari RP, Thapa T, 'Evaluating the performance of major agricultural commodites under trade integration strategy of Nepal', Agriculture Development Journal, 12 pp. 69-90. ISSN 2091-0738 (2016) [Professional, Refereed Article]

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2016Kumar A, Roy D, Tripathi G, Joshi PK, Adhikari RP, 'Can Contract Farming Increase Farmers' Income and Enhance Adoption of Food Safety Practices?', International Food Policy Research Institute Discussion Paper Article 01524. (2016) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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2016Kumar A, Roy D, Tripathi G, Joshi PK, Adhikari RP, 'Contracting by Small Farmers in Commodities with Export Potential', IFPRI Discussion Paper, (01533) pp. 1-32. (2016) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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2016Takeshima H, Adhikari RP, Kaphle BD, Shivakoti S, Kumar A, 'Determinants of chemical fertilizer use in Nepal: insights based on price responsiveness and income effects', International Food Policy Research Institute Discussion Paper Article 01507. (2016) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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2016Takeshima H, Adhikari RP, Kumar A, 'Is access to tractor service a binding constraint for Nepali Terai farmers?', International Food Policy Research Institute Discussion Paper Article 01508. (2016) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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2015Takeshima H, Adhikari RP, Poudel MN, Kumar A, 'Farm household typologies and mechanization patterns in Nepal Terai', International Food Policy Research Institute Discussion Paper Article 01488. ISSN 1933-6012 (2015) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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2012Adhikari RP, Collins R, Sun X, 'Segmenting consumers to inform agrifood value chain development in Nepal', International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, 15, (4) pp. 93-114. ISSN 1096-7508 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Citations: Web of Science - 8

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2011Shrestha RK, Adhikari RP, 'Implementation of value chain approach within the framework of MOAC: a case study of commercial agriculture development project', Agriculture Development Journal pp. 32-40. ISSN 2091-0738 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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Book

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2018Nissen R, Bound S, Adhikari R, Cover I, 'Factors affecting postharvest management of apples: a guide to optimising quality', Australia, pp. 127. ISBN 9781925646160 (2018) [Authored Other Book]

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Co-authors: Nissen R; Bound S; Cover I

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Conference Publication

(5 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Adhikari R, 'Collaborating with grassroots stakeholders to mainstream food issues in the national development agenda: a case from Nepal', Food Politics: From the Margins to the Mainstream, 30 June - 1 July 2016, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 1-11. (2016) [Conference Extract]

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2016Adhikari RP, Bonney L, Woods M, Clark S, Coates L, et al., 'Creating regional Australia's future: development of CED framework', 29th Annual SEAANZ Conference, 10-12 August 2016, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 1-17. (2016) [Conference Extract]

DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.13408.69122 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Bonney L; Woods M; Clark S; Coates L; Harwood A; Eversole R

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2016Kumar A, Roy D, Joshi PK, Tripathi G, Adhikari RP, 'Impact of contract farming on profits and yield of smallholder farms in Nepal: an evidence from lentil cultivation', Proceedings of the 2016 Agricultural & Applied Economics Association Annual Meeting, 31 July - 2 August 2016, Boston, Massachusetts, pp. 1-33. (2016) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2015Adhikari RP, 'Examining preparedness of food actors for value chain development: a vegetable chain case study', Acta Horticulturae, 17-22 August 2014 , Brisbane, Australia, pp. 11-15. ISSN 0567-7572 (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2015.1103.2 [eCite] [Details]

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2013Adhikari RP, Collins R, Sun X, 'Relationship management in a value chain involving 'bottom of the pyramid' participants: a case study from Nepal', Acta Horticulturae, 4-7 July 2012, Cebu, Philippines, pp. 41-48. ISSN 0567-7572 (2013) [Refereed Conference Paper]

DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2013.1006.3 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

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Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(8 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2020Adhikari R, Harwood A, Woods M, Clark S, Coates L, et al., 'Policy brief: Darling Down and South West Regional Profile', Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, Australia (In Press) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Harwood A; Woods M; Clark S; Coates L; Eversole R; Bonney L

2020Bonney L, Woods M, Adhikari R, Clark S, Coates L, et al., 'Policy brief: EVAD framework', Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, Australia (In Press) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Bonney L; Woods M; Clark S; Coates L; Harwood A; Eversole R

2020Coates L, Adhikari R, Woods M, Clark S, Harwood A, et al., 'Policy brief: Barossa Yorke & Mid-North Regional Profile', Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, Australia (In Press) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Coates L; Woods M; Clark S; Harwood A; Eversole R; Bonney L

2020Coates L, Eversole R, Woods M, Adhikari R, Clark S, et al., 'Policy brief: Policy Opportunities', Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, Australia (In Press) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Coates L; Eversole R; Woods M; Clark S; Harwood A; Bonney L

2020Coates L, Harwood A, Woods M, Clark S, Adhikari R, et al., 'Policy brief: Murraylands and Riverland Regional Profile', Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, Australia (In Press) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Coates L; Harwood A; Woods M; Clark S; Eversole R; Bonney L

2020Coates L, Woods M, Clark S, Adhikari R, Harwood A, et al., 'Policy brief: Northern Inland Regional Profile', Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, Australia (In Press) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Coates L; Woods M; Clark S; Harwood A; Eversole R; Bonney L

2020Woods M, Adhikari RP, Clark S, Coates L, Harwood A, et al., 'Policy brief: Innovation in Regions', Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, Australia (In Press) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Woods M; Clark S; Coates L; Harwood A; Eversole R; Bonney L

2016Adhikari R, Woods M, Clark S, Coates L, Harwood A, et al., 'Policy brief: Regional Comparisons of Drivers and Constraints', Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, Australia (2016) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Woods M; Clark S; Coates L; Harwood A; Eversole R; Bonney L

Other Public Output

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Adhikar R, Bonney L, Woods M, Clark S, Coates L, et al., 'Creating regional Australia's future: development of a community entrepreneurship development (CED) framework', Best Practical Orientation Paper Award at 2016 National Small Business Conference, 10-12 August 2016, Melbourne, Small Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand, Australia (2016) [Award]

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Co-authors: Bonney L; Woods M; Clark S; Coates L; Harwood A; Eversole R

Grants & Funding

Value chain development projects are usually medium to large, multi-year (typically 3-5 year) projects conducted by multi-disciplinary teams. Since joining SLAF/TIA, Rajendra is actively contributing to the development of new Australian and international projects in value chain co-innovation and development projects to provide policy and value chain improvement outcomes.

Funding Summary

Number of grants

5

Total funding

$2,797,962

Projects

Aspirations, Attitudes & Capacity - Tasmanian Agrifood System (2017 - 2019)$600,615
Description
This is an internal TIA project under the DPIPWE-TIA JVA (C0013208). It has been created on RMDB in order to have the project feature on the WARP for Dr Peat Leith.
Funding
University of Tasmania (TIAR) ($600,615)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Leith PB; Warman R; Garcia Imhof C; Adhikari RP; Evans KJ
Period
2017 - 2019
Australian apple export manual and post-harvest guide (2017 - 2018)$192,188
Description
The Australian Apple industry is reaching saturation point in the domestic market, hence to ensure that the industry can continue to evolve and remain economically viable there is a critical need to encourage producers to target export markets. Because of a lack of knowledge of market requirements for the various export markets, particularly amongst smaller producers, there is a need to develop and disseminate information on market requirements to the industry as a whole and keep producers informed of any changes to existing market requirements and opening of new export market destinations.In the 2014-2015 season, apple production was 311,758 tonne with a value of $507.4 million, making it the highest value fruit industry in Australia (HIA 2016). Apple exports in 2015 were only 2,134 tonne (0.7% of production). In 2016, apple exports doubled to 5,200 tonnes (analysis of ABS data by Fresh Intelligence), and was the highest export tonnage since 2006. Supporting this potential is the Tasmanian apple growers and their contribution to a targeted export potential level set under the Joint Tasmania Commonwealth Economic Council of $750m in exports by 2020.Exporting is daunting for many producers, and most arent aware of the process and protocols required. Currently there is no one-stop information and decision making guide in place to facilitate the export of Australian Apples and producers struggle to locate the required information and protocols, resulting in a barrier to exporting. Australian apple producers critically need a process that accurately provides high quality information to achieve the target volumes set and the ability to service highly profitable demand driven markets.To assist producers, Fruit Growers Tasmania Inc. (FGT) in conjunction with the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) will develop an Australian Apple Export Manual and Post-Harvest Guide. This document will be accessible to all apple producers across Australia, and will provide a step-by-step reference guide to exporting apples to both Protocol and Non-Protocol Countries; including a resource framework and all information required within each step.
Funding
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources ($192,188)
Scheme
Grant-PASE
Administered By
Fruit Growers Tasmania Inc
Research Team
Cover I; Nissen R; Bound SA; Adhikari RP
Period
2017 - 2018
Intensification of beef cattle production in upland cropping systems in North West Vietnam (2017 - 2021)$1,898,258
Description
The project will develop and implement strategies and techniques to transform unsustainable extensive livestock production to intensive market oriented production and improve profitability of smallholder beef farmers in North West Vietnam. The research will adopt a whole farm systems analysis approach to integrate livestock production systems with intensive and expanding crop production systems.
Funding
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research ($1,724,210)
Scheme
Grant-Research and Development
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Ives SW; Bonney L; Eversole R; Adhikari RP; Nicetic O; Cuong VC; Huyen LTT; Hung PV; Quang NH; Lan DD; Xuan CTT; Duteurtre G
Period
2017 - 2021
Regional Research Network (2016)$6,901
Description
Regional development is a cross-disiciplinary field that analyses socio-economic change in particular social and spatialcontextes, most particularly in non-metropolitan regions.The objective for this initiative is to enhance cross-disciplinary research collaboration to foster and improve the impact, policy and practice relevance of regional development reaserch in Tasmania and Australia.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($6,901)
Scheme
Grant-Cross-Disciplinary Incentive
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Woods M; Eversole R; Adhikari RP
Year
2016
Rapid assessments of regional primary industry competitiveness (2015)$100,000
Description
To further apply the Value Assessment and Development Framework to identify how it can be used to identify national issues or opportunities that could enhance primary industry competitiveness.
Funding
AgriFutures ($100,000)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Bonney L; Eversole R; Woods M; Miles MP; Coates L; Ross Sophie; Adhikari RP; Harwood A
Year
2015

Research Supervision

Rajendra is currently co-supervising RHD students with projects on value chain co-innovation. He is keen to develop network of researchers who see value chain development as a critical approach to building industry competitiveness, global market access, and ensure food and nutrition security of vulnerable people in the developing world.

Current

4

Completed

1

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDAchieving Competitiveness in Fresh Fruit Enterprises through an Integrated Value Chain Approach: A case study from the Pakistan mango industry2015
PhDValue Chain Governance in South Central Vietnam Beef Cattle Chain and its Effects to the Adoption of New Beef Cattle Production and Marketing Practices2016
PhDAnalyzing the Performance of High Value Agricultural Cash Crops (HVAPs) in Solomon Islands - Cocoa and Coffee;;(Case study for Guadalcanal & Malaita Provinces)2018
MastersThe Value Chain Analysis of Beef Cattle in Dien Bien Province of NW Vietnam: Understanding the pathway to linking cattle producers with markets2019

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDA Resource-Advantage Theory Approach on Positional Advantage of Beef Cattle Value Chain in Vietnam Central Highlands
Candidate: Le Phi Khanh Ho
2019