Resource and Capacity Building Committee

Coordinator/Chair

Buddhi Lamsal

Buddhi Lamsal, PhD., P.E.
Associate Professor
Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University

Education: Ph.D., Biological Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004.

Research Interests: Bioprocessing of food and non-food materials, Structure-function Properties of Proteins and other Biopolymers, Fermentation and Enzyme application. Dr. Buddhi Lamsal, PhD, PE, is an Associate Professor of Food Processing at the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University. He holds degrees in Agricultural Engineering (BS- Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, India; PhD- University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Post-Harvest Technology (MS- Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand). He holds a Professional License in Agricultural Engineering in Iowa since 2009.

He worked as a post-doctoral research associate (2004-2006) at Iowa State University and Research Assistant Professor (2006-2008) at Kansas State University prior to joining Iowa State University as Assistant Professor in August of 2008. Dr. Lamsal's research program utilizes bioprocessing tools (mainly fermentation and enzyme technology) in producing biochemicals, biofuels and biobased products. Plant and dairy protein extraction, separation and modification for specific food and industrial uses, and ingredient characterization for food application are also part of his research program. Dr. Lamsal has published 60 peer-reviewed papers, 6 book chapters, and 2 edited books. Dr. Lamsal is an active member of various national scientific societies (IFT, AACCI, AOCS, and ASABE). He is currently the Chair of Protein and Co-Products Division of AOCS, and served as the Chair of Engineering and Processing Division of AACC International during 2012-2013. Dr. Lamsal also serves as an Associate Editors for journals Cereal Chemistry and the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture.

Member

Lila K. Khatiwada
Lila K. Khatiwada, PhD
Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist for global development projects, Notre Dame University, Indiana, USA
khatiwadalila@hotmail.com

Dr. Khatiwada has over 20 years’ experience in international development. Currently, he works with the University of Notre Dame as a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist for global development projects. His research focuses on impact evaluation with special emphasis on experimental design and mixed method. Prior to joining Notre Dame, he worked with the University of Maryland College Park and implemented policy research in international settings. Dr. Khatiwada was involved in evaluating impacts of national parks on poverty and inequality in Mozambique and Namibia, impacts of microfinance on poverty in a World Bank funded project in Ghana, community level effects of M-PESA (mobile money) in a Bill Gates Foundation funded project in Kenya, and food security effects of community water project in a USAID funded project in eastern Kenya. From 1993 to 2001 he developed and implemented various rural development projects—economic development, agricultural, community forestry, infrastructure development, and gender empowerment—with community people in Nepal.

In Notre Dame, his current projects include:

  • Ghana: Impact evaluation of water infrastructure (MCC funded)
  • Nepal: RCT based impact evaluation of child labor program (US Dept of Labor funded)
  • Uganda: Impact evaluation of clean cook stoves (Hilton Foundation funded) 
  • Mozambique: Community based disaster risk management study (UNDP funded)
  • Tanzania: Evaluation of soybean and poultry value chain (USDA funded). 
  • Malawi: Impact evaluation of nutrition program (USAID funded)
  • West Bank/Gaza: Impact of people to people program in peace (US Dept of State funded)

He holds a Ph.D. in Rural Sociology, specializing community development, from the University of Missouri, USA, an MS in Rural Sociology and Environmental Science from University of the Philippines, a BS in Agriculture from Tribhuvan University, Nepal and a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information System (GIS) from the University of Missouri.

Member

Manoj Karkee
Manoj Karkee, PhD
Associate Professor, Biological Systems Engineering Department, Washington State University, Washington, USA
manoj.karkee@gmail.com

Dr. Manoj Karkee was born and raised in Bhojpur where he completed his high school. He moved to Kathmandu for Diploma in Civil Engineering and then continued to his Bachelor’s in Computer Engineering at Institute of Engineering (IOE), Pulchowk campus. After teaching at IOE for about a year, Dr. Karkee moved to Bangkok, Thailand to attend Asian Institute of Technology where he earned his MS in Remote Sensing and GIS. He then spent the next five years in Ames, Iowa working on his doctoral research, earning his PhD in Agricultural Engineering and Human Computer Interaction from Iowa State University in 2009. Dr. Karkee joined Washington State University in 2010 where he developed and is leading a strong research program in agricultural automation and robotics (https://labs.wsu.edu/karkee-ag-robotics/). So far, more than two dozen projects (totaling ~$4 million to Karkee, $20 million cumulative) have been funded to his lab by federal, state and local funding agencies. Major research projects include robotic apple and cherry harvesting, fruit tree and berry bush pruning, blossom thinning, water and nutrient stress monitoring, robotic weed control in vegetable crops, and Big-data-based SMART irrigation system for fruit crops. Dr. Karkee have been awarded two patents, has published five book chapters, 52 referred journal articles, and 11 peer-reviewed conference proceedings, and has been an invited speaker at numerous national and international conferences and universities. Dr. Karkee is currently serving as an elected chair for IFAC Technical Committee 8.1, Control in Agriculture, as an associate editor for ‘Transactions of the ASABE’, and as a guest editor for journal ‘Robotics’.

Member

Ramjee Ghimire

Ramjee Ghimire, PhD

Dr. Ghimire works at the Department of Community Sustainability at Michigan State University. He holds a Ph.D. in Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies from Michigan State University, USA (2016). He has a master's degree in Agricultural and Rural Development from Western Sydney University. He holds an undergraduate degree in Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry from Konkan Agricultural University, Maharashtra, India. He served as a senior veterinary/livestock officer in the Department of Livestock Services in Nepal for over 17 years during which he represented and coordinated a number of high-level teams and contributed in policy development, project designing, and program monitoring and evaluation. He was the focal person for rangeland policy development project 2010 that International Center for Integrated Mountain Development funded, and Department of Livestock Services led. He has experience and expertise on multidisciplinary research focusing at sustainable development, and competency modelling, among others. Starting 2017, he has been serving as the extension and training expert for horticultural value chain development project in Malawi.

Dr. Ghimire has published a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals, authored book chapters and presented dozens of papers at scientific conferences. He has moderated professional seminars and served as the training facilitator. He has been serving serves as the reviewer for the Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education, Journal of Communication Informatics, among others. He co-edited the NAPA First Biennial Conference 2018 proceedings. He is the editor-in-chief for the NAPA Research/Policy Brief. He is a member of the Nepal Veterinary Association, Association of Asian Studies, American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture, American Evaluation Association, and Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education. Dr. Ghimire was born and raised in Lamjung, Nepal.

Member

Aditya R Khanal

Aditya R. Khanal, PhD

Dr. Aditya R. Khanal is an agricultural and applied economist. He is an assistant professor of agribusiness at Tennessee State University, Nashville since October 2015. He has a PhD in agricultural economics from Louisiana State University and has three Masters Degrees: MS in agricultural economics and MS in finance from Louisiana State University and a MA in Economics from Virginia Tech. Prior to coming to U.S. for higher studies, he received his B.S. in Agricultural Sciences from IAAS of Tribhuvan University, Nepal in 2006 and worked as a socio-economist in a non-government organization, Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development (LI-BIRD), Nepal for 2 years. Dr. Khanal's area of expertise include agribusiness and entrepreneurship, finance, food security, alternative agricultural enterprises and impacts, production economics, and economic development in developed and developing countries. He has produced nearly 50 research publications in past 4-5 years and has generated research grants as principal investigator and co-investigator. His publication was named as 2017 outstanding journal article: highly commended from Emerald Publishing. He was named as "Outstanding Young Scholar of Agricultural Finance" from Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA), professional society of agricultural economists in 2018. He also received "2018 Outstanding Young Researcher Award" from the College of Agriculture at Tennessee State University. Dr. Khanal teaches agribusiness management, applied microeconomics, and agricultural finance. He is actively involved in professional societies, is an active member of Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA), Southern Agricultural Economics Association (SAEA) and serves as reviewer for dozens of scientific journals related to agriculture and applied economics. He is a member of Nepalese Agricultural Professionals of Americas (NAPA), and a life member of Nashville Nepalese Association (NNA). Dr. Khanal was born in Gulmi District of Nepal and raised in Gulmi and Rupandehi districts of Nepal.

Member

Surendra K.C.
Surendra K.C., PhD

Dr. KC is a junior researcher at University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, holds Ph.D. in Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering from University of Hawai'i at Mānoa (2017) and B.S. in Agricultural Sciences from Institute of Agriculture and Animal Sciences (IAAS), Tribhuvan University (2008). He is a recipient of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Short-Term Research Fellowship (2015) and UK Energy Research Center Fellowship (2013). His areas of research interest include characterization and conversion of biomass (lignocellulosic and algal) into biofuel and bio-based products; anaerobic digestion; biorefinery (anaerobic digestion-based and insect-based); resource recovery from organic wastes; biochar application for waste treatment and soil amendment.