Senior Research Fellow at IFPRI
Medha Devare leads one of the three Modules of the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture. She led the Open Access/Open Data Initiative from the CGIAR System Office in France, and currently spearheads efforts to operationalize the FAIR Principles towards Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable data across CGIAR Centers. Medha is an agronomist and microbial ecologist with significant experience working on and leading projects addressing food and nutritional security and sustainable resource management in South Asia. She also has experience in data management and semantic web standards and tools. Before she moved to France, Medha was a Scientist at CIMMYT based in Nepal, where she led the USAID-funded Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia in Nepal (CSISA-NP) to increase the productivity and profitability of small farmers and the sustainability of farming systems in western Nepal. Prior to her position at CIMMYT, Medha worked at Cornell University, where she also received her PhD, and where she helped develop VIVO, a semantic web application for representing research and scholarship.