Prof. Pramod Aggarwal holds a Ph.D. in Life Sciences from the University of Indore, India, another Ph.D. from the Wageningen University, Netherlands, and a M.Sc. in Botany from University of Delhi, India.
Before joining CCAFS, he was National Professor at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi and Coordinator of the Indian network on climate change and agriculture in which almost 150 scientists from 23 research institutes and Universities participated to quantify the sensitivity of crops (including horticultural crops and plantations), agro-forestry, soils, water, fish, poultry, and livestock to global climatic changes.
He did his post-doctoral in the mid eighties at the International Rice Research Institute, Philippines on sustainability of upland rice farming and crop diversification. He returned to work at IRRI again during 1994-96 as SARP Coordinator and helped many scientists in Asia to learn quantitative techniques in agriculture
Aggarwal's research contributions include developing crop growth models for the tropical environments, impact assessment of climatic variability and climate change on crops, characterizing risks of yield loss for developing weather derivatives, adaptation strategies, inventories of greenhouse gases emissions, mitigation options, yield gap analysis, genotype by environment by management interactions, yield forecasting, and yield loss assessment due to pests.
Aggarwal was the Coordinating Lead Author for the chapter 'Food, Fiber, and Forest Products' of the Fourth Assessment Report (2007) of the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change. He is the Secretary of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, India, and a member of the Editorial Boards of the Journals- Agricultural Systems, Outlook on Agriculture, Crops and Pastures, World Agriculture, Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences, and Mausam. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India and National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, India.
For his contributions, Aggarwal was awarded Ernestoilly Trieste Science Prize for the year 2009 by the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), Italy.
Some recent publications
Pathak, H., Jain, N., Bhatia, A., Patel, J., Aggarwal, P.K. 2010. Carbon footprints of Indian food items. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment. (in press).
Chakrabarti, B., Aggarwal, P.K., Singh, S.D., Nagarajan, S., and Pathak, H. 2010. Impact of high temperature on pollen germination and spikelet sterility in rice: comparison between basmati and non-basmati varieties. Crop and Pasture Sci., 61:363-368.
Srivastava, A., S. Naresh Kumar, Aggarwal, P.K. 2010. Assessment on vulnerability of sorghum to climate change in India. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment. 138: 160-169.
Boomiraj, K., Chakrabarti, B., Aggarwal, P.K., Choudhary, R., and Chander, S. 2010. Assessing the vulnerability of Indian mustard to climate change. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment. 138: 265-273.
Kattarkandi Byjesh, S. Naresh Kumar and Aggarwal, P.K. 2010. Simulating impacts, potential adaptation and vulnerability of maize to climate change in India. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change. 15: 413-431.
Aggarwal, P.K., Baethegen, W.E., Cooper, P., Gommes, R., Lee, B., Meinke, H., Rathore, L.S., Sivakumar, M.V.K. 2010. Managing climatic risks to combat land degradation and enhance food security: Key information needs. WCC3, WMO, (in press).
Bhatia, A., Pathak, H., Aggarwal, P.K., Jain, N. 2010. Trade-off between productivity enhancement and global warming potential of rice and wheat in India. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems. 86: 413-424.
Aggarwal, P.K. (Editor). 2009. Global Climate Change and Indian Agriculture. Case Studies from the ICAR Network Project. Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi-110012, India, 148p.
Aggarwal, P.K. 2008. Global climate change and Indian agriculture: impacts, adaptation and mitigation. Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 78: 911-919.
Easterling, W.E., Aggarwal, p.k., Batima, p., Brander, k.m., Erda, L., Howden, S.M., Kirilenko, A., Morton, J., Soussana, J-F., Schmidhuber J. and Tubiello, F.N. 2007: Food, fibre and forest products. Climate Change 2007: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. Contribution of Working Group II to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, M.L. Parry, O.F. Canziani, J.P. Palutikof, P.J. van der Linden and C.E. Hanson, Eds., Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 273-313.
Aggarwal, P.K., Joshi, H.C., Sujith Kumar, Gupta, N., and Sushil Kumar. 2007. Fuel ethanol production from Indian agriculture: Opportunities and constraints. Outlook on Agriculture. 36: 167-174.
Banerjee, B., Aggarwal, P.K., Pathak, H., Singh, A.K., and Chaudhary, A. 2006. Dynamics of organic carbon and microbial biomass in alluvial soil with tillage and amendments in rice-wheat systems. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 119: 173-189.