Dr Srikanth Rupavatharam leads the Digital Agriculture initiatives and the iHub, ICRISATs innovation platform for AgriTech start-ups. Srikanth is a Senior Scientist in the Digital Agriculture cluster of the Global Research Program ‘Resilient Farm and Food Systems’. Srikanth holds a PhD in Postharvest technologies from Massey University (NZ) and a Masters in the same field from Writtle College, University of Essex, UK. He is a Marshal Papworth Scholar and also a recipient of the prestigious Gardner’s Prize, 2005 in the field of Horticulture from the Worshipful Company of Gardeners (London) for excellence. Srikanth received Helen E. Akers PhD scholarship to undertake doctoral study and recently awarded by the Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored ‘David Livingstone Fellowship’ from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK.
Srikanth has over 23 years of rich experience in implementing agricultural research and development projects. He has worked in diverse cultural backgrounds in the United Kingdom, Africa, Oceania (NZ) and India and has over 20 research publications to his credit.
Srikanth has expertise in conducting quality assessments using non-destructive techniques and digital agricultural strategy for AgriTech start-ups. Srikanth is experienced in process engineering innovations using Artificial Intelligence, UAV (Drones) and Big Data analytics. Srikanth likes his work to impact smallholder farmers by building their capacities through innovative digital tools for agricultural extension and management.
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