Shiv Kumar Agrawal

Shiv Kumar Agrawal
Head of the Food Legume Research Platform (FLRP) of ICARDA and Regional Coordinator of the ICARDA South Asia and China Regional Program

Dr. Shiv Kumar Agrawal is ICARDA’s regional coordinator for South Asia and China and head of the Food Legumes Program, which aims to deliver improved germplasm of lentil, kabuli chickpea, faba bean, and grass pea to national partners in South Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, West Asia, and North Africa. He works on developing short-duration, climate-smart varieties of lentil and grass pea, with high iron and zinc content for the sustainable intensification of cereal-based cropping systems.

During his three-decade career he has worked with national and international partners to develop 39 lentil, five mungbean, two urdbean, one rice, and three grass pea varieties. He has published 160 peer-reviewed journal articles, 68 book chapters, nine books, seven technical bulletins, and two training manuals. He also supervises students for master’s and Ph.D. research, and trains national partners in legume improvement.

Dr. Agrawal holds a Ph.D. in plant breeding from the Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, India.

Shiv Kumar Agrawal's Publications

Book Chapter
January 24, 2024

In 2020, more than 800 million people suffered from hunger, and this number will continue to rise as the world’s population increases, in addition to heightening the consequences of climate change and the probability of increasing the risk of wars...

Journal Article
January 20, 2023

In Tunisia, lentil (Lens culinaris subsp.
culinaris Medik.) is cultivated in arid and semi-arid
areas. Terminal drought and heat stresses during the
end of cycle causes signifcant yield losses. Selection of short cycle varieties could be the best...

Journal Article
April 07, 2022

Legumes, members of the Fabaceae/Leguminosae family, are the third largest family of higher
plants with almost 20,000 species belonging to 650 genera, and are ubiquitous all over the
world. Among all legumes, pulse crops or food legumes fall into the...

Journal Article
January 25, 2022

The advent of improved lentil varieties (ILVs) in the mid-1990s solved the disease problem which almost halted lentil production in Bangladesh. Levels of adoption of ILVs have been documented in the literature, but little is known about their impacts...

November 27, 2021

The cultivated lentil (Lens culinaris ssp.
culinaris) is an annual herbaceous selfpollinating true diploid (2n=2x=14) species
with an estimated genome size of 4063
Mbp/C (Arumuganathan and Earle, 1991).
The crop is one of the first domesticated...

Journal Article
July 30, 2021

Mungbeans and lentils are relatively easily grown and cheaper sources of microgreens, but their phytonutrient diversity is not yet deeply explored. In this study, 20 diverse genotypes each of mungbean and lentil were grown as microgreens under plain...

Journal Article
June 01, 2021

Root traits can be exploited to increase the physiological efficiency of crop water use under drought. Root length, root hairs, root branching, root diameter, and root proliferation rate are genetically defined traits that can help to improve the...

Journal Article
January 21, 2021

Food legumes are important for defeating malnutrition and sustaining agri-food systems globally. Breeding efforts in legume crops have been largely confined to the exploitation of genetic variation available within the primary genepool, resulting in...

Book Chapter
January 10, 2019

Plant breeders are often interested in improving several quantitative traits including yield, quality, and resistance to both biotic and abiotic stresses simultaneously. However, breeding for multiple traits together is challenging and largely...

Journal Article
September 24, 2018

Faba bean is an important legume crop because of its high‐yield potential and nutrition‐dense grains. There have been significant achievements in faba bean improvement in the last four decades, which led to the doubling of the global yield average...

Journal Article
June 30, 2017

The pod borer [Helicoverpa armigera Hubner
(Lepidoptera: Noctuidae)] is responsible for causing up to 90%
damage in chickpea due to its regular occurrence from the vegetative
growth to the pod formation stage. In order to manage this
problem, growers...

Book Chapter
December 01, 2016

South Asia (Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka) is the largest producer, consumer and importer of pulses with 28% and 38% share in global production and acreage. The present productivity of pulses in...

Book Chapter
January 23, 2016

Micronutrient deficiency affects more than two billion population worldwide especially in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The deficiency in human body is commonly described as “hidden hunger” leading to a range of health hazards including low...

Book Chapter
January 04, 2016

The lentil is among the earliest domesticates from the Near East Fertile Crescent. With seed of high nutritional value and a low water use, the food legume crop – lentils – is well adapted to cereal-based dryland cropping in Mediterranean and...

Book Chapter
January 31, 2015

Frequent drought and heat spells especially after the onset of flowering are common events causing substantial yield losses to agricultural production. Researchers lay emphasis on improving the yield potential and stability of crop genotypes by...

Journal Article
July 18, 2013

The potential for genetic biofortification of U.S.-grown lentils (Lens culinaris L.) with bioavailable folate has not
been widely studied. The objectives of this study were (1) to determine the folate concentration of 10 commercial lentil cultivars...

Journal Article
February 01, 2013

Lentil (Lens culinaris ssp. culinaris) is an important food legume crop with global
production of 3.59 million tonnes. The crop suffers substantial yield losses from
various biotic and abiotic stresses. Past efforts have been directed towards...

Journal Article
July 31, 2011

No-till lentil holds promise for minimizing soil and crop residue disturbance, controlling soil evaporation, minimizing erosion losses, sequestering carbon and reducing energy needs. These effects reduce overall cost of production while improving...

Journal Article
July 31, 2011

Lentil is a staple food legume that is traditionally grown in West Asia, East and North Africa, the Indian sub-continent and is a primary component of farming systems of those areas. Lentil plays a significant role in human and animal nutrition and...