Dr. Devendra said that he was pleasantly surprised at the appointment and felt deeply honored to join this prestigious development organization. He is excited to be part of its noble mission and values to promote agricultural development in small farm systems and improve the livelihoods of poor rural communities.
Previously, Dr. Devendra has worked with the University of the West Indies in Trinidad, the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI), and was Senior Program Officer responsible for the Animal Production Systems Programmed of Asia with the Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC). He has served as a consultant for the World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Commonwealth Secretariat, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and several governments.
Dr. Devendra holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from New Zealand, Master of Agricultural Science from Malaysia and PhD and DSc degrees from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. He is an Academician (Senior Fellow) to the Academy of Sciences in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Dr. Devendra was the first Asian recipient of the International Dairy Production award from the American Dairy Science Association in 1989. He was awarded the Medal of Honour by the Minister of Agriculture, Vietnam in 2001. In 2004 he also received the Lincoln University International Alumni Medal from New Zealand, and the Asian Animal Science award from Korea. In 2009 he received the Excellence award from Pakistan for `outstanding contribution to the development of Animal Science’. He was also awarded the Rotary Research Gold Medal in Malaysia for 2011. He has recently been appointed by the FAO to the Technical Advisory Group to study benchmarking livestock products on GHG foot printing in livestock supply chains, which includes goats and sheep in extensive systems.