Global Journal of Agriculture and Allied Sciences
Editorial Board

Editor-In-Chief

Megha N. Parajulee, PhD
Professor, Faculty Fellow, and Texas A&M University Regents Fellow, Lubbock, Texas, USA

Dr. Parajulee earned B.Sc. (Agri. Econ.) (1987) from Himachal Pradesh, India, and M.S. (1991) and Ph.D. (1994) in Entomology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Parajulee joined Texas A&M University in 1994 as a cotton entomologist/research scientist and is serving as the Cotton Entomology Program Leader since 2001. Dr. Parajulee is a leader in cotton entomology research, teaching, and service, with an exemplary record of scientific research, publication, and delivery of pest management technologies to the producer clientele of Texas and beyond. He has authored/co-authored 95 refereed and over 350 non-refereed publications, organized several international invited symposia, and has presented 150 invited and 250 submitted papers. He is active internationally with plenary/keynote/special speaking roles in Egypt, China, India, Colombia, Nepal, Uzbekistan, United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Mexico, South Korea, South Africa, Australia, Germany, Brazil, and Ghana, and was also a Fulbright Senior Fellow in Nepal and Uzbekistan (2014). He received the Texas A&M Vice Chancellor's Award in Research Excellence (2008), Faculty Fellow Award (2009), Regents Fellow Award (2010), and Texas A&M Vice Chancellor's Award in Team Research (2015). He is a member of Entomological Society of America (ESA), including ESA International Branch President (2017), Society of Southwestern Entomologists (President, 2010), and Association of Nepalese Agricultural Professionals of Americas (NAPA). He is also an editor of Journal of Insect Science.

Editor / Member Secretary

Pradeep Wagle, PhD
Research Ecologist, USDA-ARS, Grazinglands Research Laboratory, El Reno, Oklahoma, USA

Dr. Wagle is a Research Ecologist at the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS). He holds Ph.D. (Crop Science) from Oklahoma State University, USA (2013). As an Adjunct Faculty, he also supervises/mentors graduate students at Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma. His major research interests include biosphere-atmosphere interactions, carbon and water cycles of terrestrial ecosystems, and remote sensing of vegetation. He has published around 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, a book chapter, several non-peer reviewed articles and proceedings, and over 60 conference abstracts/posters. He served as a Guest Editor for a Special Issue (Sustainability in the Mountains Region) of Sustainability Journal (2016-2017). He is also a reviewer of over 20 scientific journals of Meteorology, Atmosphere, Ecology, Ecosystems, Environment, Climate Change, Bioenergy, and Remote Sensing. He is a member of American Geophysical Union (AGU) and Association of Nepalese Agricultural Professionals of Americas (NAPA).

Editor

Prem Bhandari, PhD
Social Demographer, University of Michigan.

Dr. Bhandari a Social Demographer at the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan. He holds Ph.D. (Rural Sociology and Demography) from Pennsylvania State University, USA (2006). He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Agriculture and Forestry University, Nepal. His major research interests include social research methods; socio-economic and cultural determinants of migration, fertility, and population health; rural social change; population and environment; and sociology of agriculture. He has published a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals and presented dozens of papers in scientific conferences. He is an occasional reviewer of over a dozen of peer-reviewed journals and is the Editorial Board member of International Journal of Women's health and Wellness and International Advisory Board member of Dhaulagiri Journal of Sociology and Anthropology in Nepal. He is a member of Population Association of Americas (PAA), American Sociological Association (ASA), Population Association of Nepal (PAN) and Association of Nepalese Agricultural Professionals of Americas (NAPA).

Editor

Kalidas Subedi, PhD
Project Lead, Pest Management Centre
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, Canada

Dr. Subedi has specialized in crop physiology and plant nutrition. He has over 25 years of professional experience in research, technology transfer and projects management in sustainable soil and crop production. Since 2002, Dr. Subedi is working with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada at various capacities including Visiting Research Fellow, Research Agronomist, Project Coordinator and Project Lead/Study Director. Prior to this, Dr. Subedi has worked in various organizations in Nepal including as a an Agronomist with the Department of Agriculture Nepal (1985-1987), as Senior Crop Scientist with DFID-UK funded project at Lumle Agriculture Centre (1987-1999), and as a Senior Program Officer at the SDC-Funded "Sustainable Soil Management Program, Nepal". He has earned his Ph.D. and Master's degrees from the University of Reading, UK and B.Sc. (Hons.) Ag from Haryana Agricultural University, India. Dr. Subedi has published over 60 research articles in leading international peer-reviewed journals, books and Chapters, over 100 articles in the form of technical papers, training manuals and proceedings. He has served as the Editor of several books and Proceedings, and reviewed several manuscripts for Crop Science, Agronomy Journal, Plant and Soil, Field Crop Research, Journal of Experimental Botany and others. Dr. Subedi is a recipient of several prestigious awards and recognitions including Prince Dipendra Youth Science and Technology Award by Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST).

Editor

Chakra Budhathoki, PhD
Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Dr. Budhathoki is an Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. He holds a Ph.D. (Forest Biometrics, Statistics) from Oklahoma State University, USA (2006), a Master's degree from the UK and a Bachelor's degree from Nepal. He is an affiliated faculty member with Johns Hopkins Center for AIDS Research and University of Technology Sydney Faculty of Health. Dr. Budhathoki's previous academic and professional working experience involved Harvard School of Public Health, Saint Louis University and University of Colorado in the US, and several institutions in Nepal, including Tribhuvan University. Currently, he teaches biostatistics and clinical data management courses in Masters and Doctoral programs at Johns Hopkins. He also provides biostatistical consultation service to faculty and graduate student investigators at the school. Dr. Budhathoki conducts collaborative healthcare research, and is a key member on several federally funded research grants. He has published more than 35 peer-reviewed articles in medical, nursing, agriculture and forestry journals. He also serves as an editor in a nursing research journal, and has been serving as a regular reviewer for several healthcare research journals. He has served on several doctoral dissertation and preliminary oral examination committees. He is a member of American Statistical Association and International Biometric Society, and is an inductee into Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, Gamma Sigma Delta and Xi Sigma Pi honor societies.

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Jagadish Timsina, PhD
Honorary Principal Fellow, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia and Adjunct Professor, Agriculture & Forestry University, Rampur, Chitwan, Nepal

Dr. Timsina is an Honorary Principal Fellow at the University of Melbounre, Australia; an Adjunct Professor at the Agriculture & Forestry University (AFU), Rampur, Chitwan, Nepal; an Honorary Professor at HICAST, Kathmandu, Nepal; and the Director of Studies at Hamro Institute of Business Technology, Sydney, Australia. He holds Ph.D. (Agronomy- Crop Modelling) from the University of the Philippines at Los Banos, Philippines (1989). He has also worked with the Institute of Agriculture & Animal Sciences, Tribhuvan University, Nepal; Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Australia; and International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and International Maize and Wheat Research Institute (CIMMYT) offices in Bangladesh and Philippines. As an Honorary Principal Fellow, he publishes research papers together with collaborating scientists from South Asia and Australia. As an Adjunct Professor, he gives occasional lectures to crop modeling and agronomy students at the AFU Agronomy Department, supervises the theses and dissertations of post-graduate students at the university, and helps faculty members in developing research proposals for external funding. He has published more than hundred peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, several non-peer reviewed articles and proceedings either as the first or a co-author. His major research interests include water, nutrient and crop management in farming systems, agronomy of cereals and legumes, crop simulation modeling, and natural resources management. He is a well-known and internationally recognized scientist, with substantial agricultural research and extension and management experience internationally, and particularly in Asia and Australia.

Editor

Uma Karki, PhD
Associate Professor and State Extension Livestock Specialist
Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama

Dr. Uma Karki got her Ph.D. in Forage and Grazing Land Ecology from Auburn University, Master's degree in Animal Science from the University of Western Australia, and B.Sc. in Animal Science and Veterinary Science degrees from Tribhuvan University. Dr. Karki's research and Extension work focus on promoting the sustainable livestock production system with special concentrations on 1) sustainable year-round forage production and grazing/browsing management, 2) integrated management of diseases and parasites in small ruminants, and 3) sustainable agroforestry systems to promote efficient land management and diversified income opportunities to sustain small- and mid-size farms. She has presented numerous research and extension papers in various national, international, and local conferences, meetings, and training events. Her research and extension work are published in different journals, conference proceedings, newsletters, training handbooks, research highlights, magazines, and many other outlets. She has edited two training handbooks and authored seven chapters in those handbooks. She is a member of American Society of Animal Science, member and president-elect of Association for Temperate Agroforestry (AFTA), vice chair of 1890 Agroforestry Consortium, and a member of several other professional organizations and honor societies. She has received Agroforestry Early Career Award (AFTA 2017), 1890 Excellence in Extension Award (Association of Extension Administrators, 2015), and Outstanding Faculty Performance Award for Service (Tuskegee University, 2013).

Editor

Naba Raj Devkota, PhD
Professor and Director, Directorate of Research and Extension, Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU), Rampur, Chitwan, Nepal

Dr. Devkota is a Director of Research and Extension at the Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU), Rampur, Nepal along with his responsibility to handle International relations. He holds Ph.D. (Pasture Science/Agroforestry) from Massey University, New Zealand (1999). He is also actively involved in teaching undergraduate and post-graduate students (both Master and PhD) and to supervise them for thesis research as the capacity of Professor in Animal Science. He has supervised more than three dozen Graduate students including 6 PhD in last 10 years. His major research interests include Pasture/Range Science, Agroforestry, Climate Change and Adaptation, System Agriculture and general field of Animal Science including Animal Nutrition and Feeding Management. He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles, two books, two book chapters, several non-peer reviewed articles and proceedings, and over 40 conference abstracts/posters. He served as a Member of Editorial Board for Journal of Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science (JIAAS) and published 12 Volume in which he served as Editor In-Chief of the same for last 5 volumes. Recently he is serving as Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Agriculture and Forestry University (JAFU) for its first historical publication. He is also a reviewer of over 15 scientific journals of Climate Change, Animal Science, and Agroforestry. He is a life member of Nepal Animal Science Association (NASA), and member of British Society of Animal Science (BSAS), Nepal University Teachers' Association/TU/AFU, The New Zealand Grassland Association, Natural History Society Museum, Agricultural Concern Society (ACOS), Nepal and Associated member of Association of Nepalese Agricultural Professionals of Americas (NAPA).

Editor

Rajendra P. Shrestha, PhD
Professor of land resources studies
Dean of School of Environment, Resources and Development
Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand

Dr. Rajendra P. Shrestha holds B.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture, MSc and PhD in natural resources planning and management. He is currently a full Professor of natural resources management and the Dean of the school of Environment, Resources and Development at the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. He has more than 16 years of experience in postgraduate teaching and guiding students' research. 20 PhD and 75 Master's students have graduated under his guidance. He also has served as PhD external examiner of 9 students from Europe, Asia and Australia. His major areas of research interests are understanding human dimension of land use/cover change, land use–climate, land degradation and sustainable land management with agriculture focus across Asia. He has 160 publications including 68 peer reviewed articles and 20 book/book chapters. He has served as manuscript reviewer of nearly 35 journals and sits in editorial board of five journals related to remote sensing, environment, and climate change.

Editor

Toya Nath Baral, PhD
Scientist, Merck Research Laboratory, Palo Alto, California, USA

Dr. Baral is a scientist at Merck Research Laboratory. He holds Ph.D. (Molecular Biology) from Vrije Universeteit Brussel, Belgium. His major research interests include drug development, immunology, immunotherapy, host pathogen interaction with a special interest in understanding the biology with potential of intervention for betterment of human being. He has published more than 20 peer-reviewed journal articles, patents, and a book. He is a member of Association of Nepalese Agricultural Professionals of Americas (NAPA).

Editor

Krishna P. Paudel, PhD
Professor, Louisiana State University Dr. Paudel is a Professor of Agricultural Economics at Louisiana State University. Dr. Paudel is also Dean's visiting professor at South China Ag University and Oasis Scholar at Shihezi University, China. Dr. Paudel has taught several graduate and undergraduate level classes in Environmental and Resource Economics, Agricultural Economics, Development Economics and Econometrics. He has published articles in major agricultural economics referred journals, published many abstracts and proceeding articles, and presented several papers in national and international meetings. His research interests are in the areas of agricultural economics, development economics, nonpoint source pollution, nonmarket valuations, water resource economics, sustainability, and dynamic modeling.

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Upendra M. Sainju, PhD
Research Soil Scientist, USDA-ARS,
Northern Plains Agricultural Research Laboratory, Montana, USA

Dr. Upendra M. Sainju has been working as a Senior Research Soil Scientist in dryland and irrigated cropping systems for the past 14 years in USDA, Agricultural Research Service, Sidney, Montana. Prior to this, he worked as postdoctoral associate and visiting scientist in Rutgers University, Washington State University, Fort Valley State University, and Tribhuvan University, Nepal from 1973-2004. He received Ph.D. from University of Kentucky, M.S. from University of Florida, and B.S. from University of Udaipur, India. He is nationally and internationally renowned in developing soil and crop management practices that increase crop yields and quality, sequester carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) in the soil, increase organic matter, improve soil quality and productivity, reduce N fertilization rate and N leaching, and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. Over the past 44 years, he has conducted extensive research on the effects of tillage, cropping systems, crop rotation, cover crops, N fertilization rates, poultry litter application, sheep grazing, and irrigation on soil C and N cycling, greenhouse gas emissions, and crop yields. His research accomplishments have been documented in 130 peer-reviewed journals, 15 book chapters, 20 proceedings, 40 popular press, 4 technical reports, and 150 abstracts. He has actively participated in American Society of Agronomy (ASA) and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) by serving in ASA community leader (Soil Carbon and Greenhouse Gas Emissions), committees (ASA and SSSA Fellows Committees, Best Paper Review Committee, Applied Soil Science Award Committee, Environmental Quality Award Committee), meetings (session chair, moderator, and paper presentation), reviewer of more than 30 journals, and Associate and Academic Editors in Agronomy Journal (2009-2012), Journal of Environmental Quality (2015-present), and PLOS ONE (2014-present). He received Soil Science Society of America Fellow in 2014 and American Society of Agronomy Fellow in 2015. He also received outstanding certificate of merit award in USDA (2011-present), outstanding research award (Fort Valley State University, Georgia, 2004), and phenomenal and worthy keynote presentation in 5th International Conference in Agriculture and Horticulture, June 27-19, 2016, Cape Town, South Africa. He has received more $5 million research grants from USDA and other organizations in collaboration with national and international universities to conduct research in soil, environmental, and crop sciences.

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Dharma Raj Dangol, PhD
Professor, Tribhuvan University, Nepal and Director, Natural History Museum

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Keshav Lall Maharjan, PhD
Professor, Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation
Hiroshima University, Japan

MAHARJAN, Keshav Lall (Dr. of Agriculture in Agricultural Economics, Kyoto University, Japan) is currently a Professor at the Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation (IDEC), Hiroshima University, Japan, where he has been teaching, conducting research and chairing various steering and decision-making committees since its foundation in 1994. He gives lectures for graduate students on subjects including Rural Economics, South Asian Studies, International Development and Cooperation Studies. He conducts weekly seminars at the graduate school that address pertinent issues in Agricultural Economics, Rural Development, Sustainable Development, Cultural Dynamics, Climate Change and Rural Livelihood Strategies in developing countries. At IDEC, he is also in charge of planning, execution and monitoring of International Explorers to Cross Borders (i-ECBO) program, an unique sandwich type internship program, in which students after competitive selection process are sent to various institutions such as universities, international organizations, government agencies, INGOs, local NGOs and developing agencies, including private companies around the world. He offers support for graduate students writing their Master's theses and doctoral dissertations on the related topics of Development Sciences, Educational Development and Cultural and Regional Studies, and at Cultural Creation Course of Taoyaka Program, a special Ph. D. program for leading graduate schools at Hiroshima University, aiming to nurture the graduates who can contribute to flexible, enduring and peaceful society of coexistence among the mankind and the nature, with special attention to disadvantaged regions. The issues concerning natural resource management, food security, poverty dynamics, local governance, rural society and community dynamics are some of the main topics of his expertise. In doing so he considers agriculture and rural regions as not only the source of cheap labor, cheap food and cheaper intermediate inputs, and subordinate to urbans and centers as marginal sector and peripheral region but also as a dignified way of life for people who are guardians of nature and are more conscious about the earth, humans and their interaction, so as to sustain this culture and civilization for generations hereafter. Rural regions are such places that make these things happen. Hence, fieldwork to grasp the diverse realities of rural regions location specifically before generalizing the research is given importance in his research, lectures and in educating the graduate students in terms of their research, writing journal articles and dissertations. Some 25 students have received their Ph. D. from Hiroshima University under his guidance

In order to disseminate research findings, consolidate ideas and concepts, and share knowledge with other professionals, he regularly participates in local, national and international seminars and conferences organized by academic societies, research institutions, various organizations and like-minded individuals, including agricultural economists, ruralogists, sociologists, environmentalists, anthropologists, educationalists, policy makers, development practitioners, farmers, social activists, local leaders and opinion shapers.

Some of his earlier books in English include Decentralization and Rural Development in Indonesia. Singapore: Springer Nature, 2017, Community Seed Production Sustainability in Rice-Wheat Farming. Tokyo: Springer Japan, 2015, Communities and Livelihood Strategies in Developing Countries. Tokyo: Springer Japan, 2014, Climate Change, Agriculture and Rural Livelihoods in Developing Countries, Tokyo: Springer Japan, 2013, Understanding Maoist Conflict in Nepal: Initiatives of Civil Societies on Social Capital Development for Peacebuilding in Hills, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing, 2013, Peasantry in Nepal: A Study on Subsistence Farmers and Their Activities Pertaining to Food Security, Hiroshima: Research Center for Regional Geography, Hiroshima University, 2003 and Impacts of Irrigation and Drainage Schemes on Rural Economic Activities in Bangladesh, Hiroshima: Research Center for Regional Geography, Hiroshima University, 1997. He has also contributed chapters to publications including Microfinance, Risk-taking Behaviour and Rural Livelihood, New Delhi: Springer India, 2014, Geography of governance: Dynamics for local development. International Geography Union Commission on Geography of Governance, Slovakia, 2013, Climate Change: Asian Perspective, Jaipur: Rawat Publication, 2012; Globalization and Cultural Practices in Mountain Areas: Dynamics and Implication. Sikkim: INDUS, 2012, Public Policy and Local Development - opportunities and constraints, International Geographical Union Commission on Geography and Public Policy, 2008; Political and Social Transformation in North India and Nepal, New Delhi: Manohar Publishers, 2007; Contentious Politics and Democratization in Nepal. New Delhi: Sage Publications, 2007, Small-Scale Livelihoods and Natural Resource Management in Marginal Areas of Monsoon Asia, Dehra Dun: Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh, 2006; New Challenges Facing Asian Agriculture under Globalization. Selangor: Malaysian Agricultural Economics Association, 2005; Translating Development: The Case of Nepal, New Delhi: Social Science Press, 2003; and Sustainable Agriculture, Poverty and Food Security, Jaipur: Rawat Publications, 2002. He contributes to various related academic journals including SCI, SSCI journals and has more than hundred and seventy five peer reviewed articles to his credit. He has also produced numerous books and journal articles in Japanese. He was awarded Jyapu Ratna; Gem of Jyapu for his achievements and contribution to the society by K. P. Sharma Oli, the prime minister of Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal on December 12, 2015.