Sridhar Reddy, AFI project manager, IFDC, is a development professional with more than 15 years of work experience in agribusiness and rural development with public and private sector and NGO partners in India and Africa. His work in Ghana with Global Agri Development Company (GADCO) has focused on improving farming systems and building a smallholder outgrower program in rice, aggregating smallholder farmers and bringing new and improved technologies to crop production, post-harvest logistics, and processing. He has worked in implementing a model for scaling up private sector-led agricultural extension in East Africa in partnership with Farm Input Promotions (FIPS)-Africa, with a focus on training and capacity building of village-based entrepreneurs, smallholder farmers, and extension field staff. The project is funded by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).
Before joining IFDC, Reddy worked with the National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE), Hyderabad, as a business manager of the Agribusiness Incubator under the Government of India’s RKVY-RAFTAAR program to promote entrepreneurship and startups in agriculture. Before that, he worked with Centum Learning Ltd., New Delhi, as associate general manager of the International Business Group. Reddy holds a master’s degree from Spears School of Business, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, and a bachelor’s degree from the College of Agricultural Engineering, ANGR Agricultural University (ANGRAU), Hyderabad. He has also received a postgraduate certificate in rural management (PGCRM) from the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA).