Dr. Gopi Sedhai

Agriculture Expert

Dr. Gopi Krishna Sedhain is a senior independent agriculture and rural development expert possessing an
outstanding academic background culminating with a PhD in Agricultural Extension from Indian Agriculture Research Institute, 2001 (New Delhi, India), MSc in Agricultural Systems, 1991 (Asian Institute of Technology), Diploma in Public Administration, 1983 (TU, Nepal and BSc Agriculture, 1982 (PAU, Punjab, India) supported by his solid qualifications and over 38 years’ experience in research and development of agriculture, livestock, natural resources management, rural development and, most notably, design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of complex projects. Dr Sedhain has worked with government, major key development partners, INGOs/NGOs working in Nepal and abroad and successfully delivered over 50 assignments for the Government of Nepal, development partners and donors such as EU, WB, ADB, IFAD, FAO, UNDP, USAID, DFID, SDC, etc. With hands-on experience including more than 20 evaluations of development cooperation projects, a large part funded by the EC, ADB, WB, IFAD, he has acquired a broad understanding of the major donor implementation procedures, PCM concept and logical framework approach. Over the years, Dr. Sedhain has proved strong expertise in a wide range of sectors, including rural development, sustainable agriculture and livestock production systems, climate change, nutrition, food security and WASH. For instance, he has provided valuable insights into the performance of the following interventions in terms of achievements: “Final Evaluation of Jumla Food and Nutrition Security and Agriculture Diversity Project funded by AusAid” and “Final Evaluation of Food Security Programs funded by EU Food Facility Program”. In addition, Dr. Sedhain has experience in food and nutrition policies related interventions and is proficient in gender analysis and gender mainstreaming.

Moreover, having had working experience in over 65 districts of Nepal, he extensively involved in land use
planning study carried out by Ministry of Land Management, Poverty Reduction and Cooperative and gained considerable knowledge about existing land use patterns across all three-ecological regions and
seven Provinces of Nepal and well familiar with the local geographical, socio-economical and cultural
settings of Nepal.