Sulav Paudel is proud to be a young agriculturist, and passionate about farming and food dialogues. A native of Nepal, he has spent the last few years learning about farming systems across the globe. He currently serves as the agriculture program coordinator at International Development Enterprises (iDE), in Kathmandu, Nepal. He is responsible for managing and developing iDE’s agriculture program and for providing strategic direction and technical backstopping to partners and local NGOs. As a co-principal investigator and site coordinator for the USAID-funded Integrated Pest Management Innovation Lab (IPM IL) and Horticulture Innovation Lab (Hort IL), Paudel collaborates on research and education programming to develop sustainable and profitable farming methods for smallholder farmers. On behalf of iDE, he also coordinates a recently-funded five-year USAID project: Promoting Agriculture, Health and Alternative Livelihoods (PAHAL). For this project, he manages a grant portfolio of over $13 million. He received his M.S. from Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania, with a dual degree in Entomology and International Agriculture and Development (INTAD). He is particularly interested in issues regarding sustainable agriculture, global food security, and international agriculture development. For someone who never grew up considering a career in agriculture but who now is fully engaged in every aspect of the field, he admits that it has continuously amazed him with new thrills and adventures.
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