Shaikh Tanveer Hossain

Dr. Shaikh Tanveer Hossain is involved in sustainable agricultural programs with more than 28 years of experience in national/international research organizations and NGOs. He is passionate about using organic and agroecological approaches to make agricultural and food systems more sustainable. His extensive research on innovative organic agriculture has resulted in improved rural livelihoods and small farmers’ living conditions.

Dr. Tanveer is presently working in IFOAM-Organics Asia (head office based in the ROK) as Director, Policy and Strategy. He was previously Senior Program Officer in the Agriculture Department of the Asian Productivity Organization (APO), Japan, from 2015 to June 2022. From 1994 to 2008, Dr. Tanveer served as Senior Scientist (Agronomist and Plant Physiologist) at the Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) and pioneered “integrated rice-duck-farming” practices in Bangladesh. In 2008, he joined Padakhep, an NGO where he headed the agriculture and environment programs and was the innovator of “organic sack gardening technology” in Bangladesh. From 2010 to 2015, he led the sustainable agriculture team of the Livelihood Enhancement Program of FIVDB, Bangladesh. In 2013, he was elected as a Board Member of the International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements (IFOAM)–Asia, where he served as vice president during 2015–19. He received the grand prize of the Organic Farming Innovation Award (OFIA) from IFOAM-Organics International and RDA of the ROK in 2011 and Hivos Social Innovation Award in 2015 in the Netherlands. He was designated as IFOAM Ambassador in 2017 and appointed as Ambassador of the Asian Local Government for Organic Asia (ALGOA) in 2019. He is also the Ambassador for Asia of Access Agriculture, an international NGO based in Belgium. He has published more than 50 scientific papers/articles, including 20 related to organics. Dr. Tanveer earned a Doctorate in Crop Science from Ehime University, Japan, in 2008.

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