MD. Yusuf Ali did his M. Sc. Agriculture (Agronomy) in 1983 from BAU, Mymensingh, Bangladesh and his Ph. D. in Agronomy under course credit system in 2000 from BSMRAU, Gazipur, Bangladesh with thesis research at ICRISAT, India. He worked as a scientist in the On-Farm Research Division (OFRD) of Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) for 26 years. OFRD is mandated for conducting Farming System Research and Development across Bangladesh. During these periods he worked at different agro-ecological zones of Bangladesh including the Indo-Gangetic Basin. In OFRD he has conducted Farming Systems Research and Development works for the improvement of small and marginal farmer’s income, food security and overall livelihood through different agricultural technologies intervention, including maize, wheat and pulses-based cropping systems, field crops, homestead vegetables, high value vegetable crops, livestock, agroforestry, fisheries, management of water resource, appropriate off-farm activities and creation of marketing channel. In 2007 he worked at CIMMYT HQ, Mexico as Visiting Scientist and characterized the Maize-Rice systems of Bangladesh. From 2009-2010 he had worked for IRRI/CSISA project and started its Central Hub activities at Gazipur. From 2012-2014 he was engaged as Cropping Systems Agronomist of CIMMYT (ANEP project) in South-Central Bangladesh and successfully introduced maize, soybean and agricultural farm machinery including Axial flow pump for surface irrigation. From January 1, 2015 to December 2016 he was engaged as Focal Regional Research Manager of CGIAR funded program namely, Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) Ganges basin project under WorldFish/ International Water Management Institute in Bangladesh, India and Nepal. In 2017 he worked as a short-term consultant of WorldFish Bangladesh for its Climate Change and Food Security Program and characterized the socio-agro-climatic baseline of southern and central Bangladesh for developing climate resilient research and development action program entitled “Impact of climate change on natural resource bases and people’s livelihood of south western coastal region of Bangladesh and adaptation strategy in agricultural sector”. Currently he is working (from August 2018) as a part-time consultant of Niagara Textile group situated at Kaliakoir, Gazipur to transform and modify their big agricultural farm to sustainable, eco-friendly (using both ICM and IPM) and safe food production hub. Based on scientific evidence, food preference and market price he is conducting intervention in vegetable, fruit and maize production along with aquaculture, fodder production and dairying. He published 36 articles in the national and renowned international journals (list enclosed). Moreover, he has 20 popular articles on agricultural research and development, which were published in the national Bengali, English dailies and weeklies. Besides, those he have five books, several proceedings papers and scientific newsletter paper and dozens of scientific reports.
MD. Yusuf Ali Research Interests are Sustainable Agriculture and Agricultural Development; Farming Systems and Livelihoods Improvement; Land Use Planning; Climate Change, Adaptation and Mitigation; Climate Smart Agriculture; Ecosystems Services; Maize/Corn Farming and Development; Clean Energy and Rural Development; Drought and Flood Management.