Dr Jharendu Pant
Sustainable Aquaculture Program
WorldFish, Penang, Malaysia, PO Box 500 GPO, 10670 Penang, MALAYSIA.
Aquaculture and Fisheries Program
Agriculture and Forestry University, Rampur, Chitwan, NEPAL.
2002: PhD in Agricultural Systems (Integrated Agriculture–Aquaculture Systems), Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand;
1994: M. S. Agriculture (Agriculture Systems), Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand;
1984: B.Sc. Agriculture Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science, Tribhuvan University, Nepal.
2014 May to date: Senior Aquaculture Scientist; Sustainable Aquaculture Program, WorldFish, Penang Malaysia
Current job responsibilities:
lead development of new research proposals for submission to investors
conceive, design and conduct research, particularly in IAA-related fields;
develop and apply concepts/methods to generate new knowledge with reasonable probability of success and high impact;
mentor WorldFish and NARS science teams;
publish results of research in peer-reviewed scientific journals, through webpages, newsletters and other popular media;
identify opportunities and contribute to the development of research and management partnerships with scientists, agencies and institutes (including CGIAR Centers) in appropriate areas of expertise
2008 – 2014: Aquaculture Scientist; Aquaculture and Genetics, WorldFish, Penang Malaysia
2007 – 2008: Program Manager; Rural Development Program, Mekong Institute, Khon Kaen, Thailand
2004 – 2007: Coordinator, Community fish production and marketing project, Rural Integrated Development Society, Chitwan, Nepal
1996 – 2003: Visiting Faculty – Aquaculture Systems (2003); Senior Research Scientist/ Aquaculture Outreach Advisor (2001 – 2003); Senior Research Associate/Doctoral Student (1996 – 2000): Aquaculture and Aquatic Resources Management (AARM) Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
1995 Visiting Researcher; Plant/Soil Systems Research. Murdoch University, Perth Australia
1985 – 2002: Lecturer (1994-2002); Assistant Lecturer (1985 – 1994): Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science, Tribhuvan University, Nepal
Areas of my research interest include: small-scale integrated agriculture–aquaculture farming systems; rural livelihoods system/participatory planning and development.
My present responsibilities include providing support to aquaculture research program in WorldFish program and partner countries in Asia and the Pacific, particularly in Timor-Leste, Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Solomon Islands. I was centrally involved in assisting Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Timor-Leste in preparing National Aquaculture Development Strategy (2012-2030), which is currently underway for implementation upon Government’s endorsement in 2013. Prior to joining WorldFish, my professional experience over two decades included university teaching (Farming Systems courses) and graduate student supervision; research on small-scale integrated agriculture aquaculture (IAA) farming systems and aquatic resources management; participatory planning and development; designing and delivering short term international training courses in the areas of participatory planning and development; managing, monitoring and evaluation of rural livelihoods systems research/development projects in various capacities in countries of South and Southeast Asia and Pacific.
English: can read, write and speak fluently;
Nepali: mother tongue - can read, write and speak fluently;
Hindi: can read, write and speak;
Thai and Lao: can speak.
Agriculture Concern Society – Nepal (Life member);
Asian Fisheries Society (Member);
Nepal Fisheries Society (Life member and Advisor)
International Refereed/ Peer Reviewed:
1. Morgan, M.; Terry, B; Rajaratnam, S. and Pant J. 2016. Socio-cultural dynamics shaping the potential of aquaculture to deliver development outcome. Reviews in Aquaculture (2016)0, 1-9.
2. Pant, J.; Barman, B.K.; Murshed-E-Jahan, K.; Belton, B.; Beveridge, M. (2014) Can aquaculture benefit the extreme poor? A case study of landless and socially marginalized Adivasi (ethnic) communities in Bangladesh. ISSN 0044-8486. Aquaculture, 418-419: 1-10 [Impact factor: 2.009]
3. Cleasby, N.; Schwarz, A.M.; Phillips, M.; Paul, C.; Pant, J.; Oeta, J.; Pickering, T.; Meloty, A.; Laumani, M.; Korr, M.(2014) The socio-economic context for improving food security through land based aquaculture in Solomon Islands: A peri-urban case study. Marine Policy, 45: 89–97 [Impact Factor: 2.2]
4. Mandal, R.B.; Jha, D.K.; Shrestha, M.K.; Pant, J.; Rai, S.; Pandit, N.P.(2014) Cage-pond integration of African catfish (Clarias gariepinus) and Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) with carps. Aquaculture Research. ISSN 1355-557X., [online first] from 22 Nov 2012.[Impact Factor: 1.422]
5. Pant, J., Shrestha M. K., Phillips, M. J. (2013). Poverty alleviation and women’s empowerment through aquaculture: An experience from Nepal. In Bondad-Reantaso, M.G. and Subasinghe, R.P., eds. 2013. Enhancing the contribution of small-scale aquaculture to food security, poverty alleviation and socio-economic development. FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Proceedings No. 31. Rome. FAO. 255 pp.
6. Phillips, M.; Collis, W.; Demaine, H.; Flores-Nava, A.; Gautier, D.; Hough, C.; Luu, L.T.; Merican, Z.; Padiya, P.A.; Palmer, R.; Pant, J.; Pickering, T.; Secretan, P.; Umesh, N.R. ( 2012 ) Servicing the aquaculture sector: role of state and private sectors. p. 627-642. In: Subasinghe, R.R.; Arthur, J.R.; Bartley, D.M.; De Silva, S.S.; Halwart, M.; Hishamunda, N.; Mohan, C.V.; Sorgeloos, P. (eds.) Farming the waters for people and food. Proceedings of the Global Conference on Aquaculture 2010. Phuket, Thailand. 22-25 September 2010. FAO, Rome and NACA, Bangkok.
7. Bhujel, R.C., Shrestha, M.K., Pant, J. and Buranrom, S. (2008). Ethnic women in aquaculture in Nepal: a model for participatory research and development. Development: 51 (259- 264). Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG21 6XS, England.
8. Pant J., M.K. Shrestha and R.C. Bhujel (2006) Promotion of small-scale aquaculture in Chitwan valley, Nepal. In World Aquaculture Compendium. CABI Publishing, U.K. http://www.cabi.org/compendia/ac/index.asp
9. Pant J., H. Demaine, and P. Edwards (2005). Bio-resource flow in integrated agriculture-aquaculture farming systems in a tropical monsoonal climate: A case study in Northeast Thailand. Agricultural Systems: 82(2): 203-219. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?
10. Pant J., H. Demaine, and P. Edwards (2004). Assessment of the aquaculture subsystem in integrated agriculture-aquaculture systems in Northeast Thailand. Aquaculture Research, 35: 289-298. http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/
11. Pant J., H. Demaine, and P. Edwards (2001). Promotion of integrated agriculture-aquaculture farming systems in Northeast Thailand: Need for judicious considerations. Asia Pacific Journal of Rural Development, 11(2): 50-63. http://www.cirdap.org.sg/
12. Huang, L. B., J. Pant, B. Dell, and R. W. Bell (2000). Effects of boron deficiency on anther development and floret fertility in wheat (Triticum aestivum L-'Wilgoyne'). Annals of Botany, 85: 493-500. http://aob.oxfordjournals.org/
13. Pant J., B. Rerkasem and R. Noppakoonwong. 1998. Boron response of wheat genotypes under low boron field conditions. Plant and Soil, 202: 193-200. http://www.springerlink.com/
Book Chapters and Monographs:
14. Pant J., P. Promthong, C. Kwei Lin and H. Demaine (2002). Fertilization of Ponds with Inorganic Fertilizers: Low-cost Technologies for Small-scale Farmers. In P. Edwards, D. C. Little and H. Demaine (eds.) Rural Aquaculture. CABI Publishing, U.K. (international refereed). www.cabi-publishing.org
15. Luu L. T., P. V. Trang, N. X. Cuong, H. Demaine, P. Edwards and J. Pant (2002). Promotion of Small-scale Pond Aquaculture in Red River Delta, Vietnam. In P. Edwards, D. C. Little and H. Demaine (eds.) Rural Aquaculture. CABI Publishing, U.K. (international refereed). www.cabi-publishing.org
16. Demaine H., N. Innes-Taylor, D. Turuongruang, P. Edwards, D. C. Little and J. Pant (1999). Small-scale Aquaculture in Northeast Thailand: A Case Study from Udorn Thani. AARM Program, AIT, Thailand. ISBN 974-8202-58-5.
17. Shakya, S.M.; F. Thapa and J. Pant (1991). Practical Manual on Vegetable Production and Ornamental Horticulture (for B. Sc. Ag. students). TU/IAAS, Rampur, Chitwan, Nepal.
Policy briefs/issue briefs:
18. Joffre OM, Pant J, Somony T, Chantrea B and Viseth H. 2019. Transforming aquaculture in Cambodia through introduction of improved tilapia. Penang, Malaysia: WorldFish. Program Brief: 2019-03.
19. Andersen, A.B.; Pant, J.; Thilsted, S.H. (2013 ) Food and nutrition security in Timor-Leste. CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems. Penang, Malaysia. Project Report: AAS-2013-29.
20. Weeratunge-Starkloof, N.; Pant, J. (2011). Gender and aquaculture: Sharing the benefits equitably. WorldFish, Penang, Malaysia. Issue brief 2011-32.12pp
21. Joffre, O.; Kura, Y., Pant, J; Nam, S. (2011). Aquaculture for the poor in Cambodia. WorldFish, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
22. Pant, J. (2002). Integrated Agriculture-aquaculture systems in the context of Socio-economic transformation in Northeast Thailand (Doctor of Technical Science Dissertation). School of Environment, Resources and Development, Asian institute of Technology, Thailand. AIT Diss. no.AQ-02-7.
23. Pant, J. (1994). Genotypic Response of Wheat to Boron Application under Irrigated and Water-stress Conditions (M. S. Agriculture Thesis). Faculty of Agriculture, Chiangmai University, Thailand.
International/National Conference Proceedings:
24. Pant, J. ; Shrestha, M.K. ; Bhujel, R.C. (2012). Aquaculture and resilience: Women in aquaculture in Nepal. p. 19-24. In: Shrestha, M.K.; Pant, J. (eds.) (2012). Small-scale aquaculture for rural livelihoods: Proceedings of the Symposium on Small-scale aquaculture for increasing resilience of Rural Livelihoods in Nepal, 5-6 Feb 2009, Kathmandu, Nepal. Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science. Chitwan, Nepal and WorldFish. Penang, Malaysia. 191 p.
25. Shrestha, M.K. ; Pant, J. ; Bhujel, R.C. (2012). Small-scale aquaculture development model for rural Nepal. p. 71-75. In: Shrestha, M.K.; Pant, J. (eds.) (2012). Small-scale aquaculture for rural livelihoods: Proceedings of the Symposium on Small-scale aquaculture for increasing resilience of Rural Livelihoods in Nepal, 5-6 Feb 2009, Kathmandu, Nepal. Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science. Chitwan, Nepal and WorldFish. Penang, Malaysia. 191 p.
26. Shrestha, M.K.; Pant, J. (eds.) (2012). Small-scale aquaculture for rural livelihoods: Proceedings of the Symposium on Small-scale aquaculture for increasing resilience of Rural Livelihoods in Nepal, 5-6 Feb 2009, Kathmandu, Nepal. Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science. Chitwan, Nepal and WorldFish. Penang, Malaysia. 191 p.
27. Mandal, R. B.; Shrestha, M. K.; Jha, D. K.; Pant, J; Pandit, N. P.(2011). Scaling up of cage-cum-pond culture system of catfish and tilapia in cages in carp polyculture ponds. Better science, better fish, better life. Proceedings of the Ninth International Symposium on Tilapia in Aquaculture, Shanghai, China, 22-24 April 2011.
28. Pant, J., Beveridge, M., Phillips, M. (2011). Increasing resilience of rural livelihoods: Can aquaculture make the difference? In Book of Abstracts - 9th Asian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum (9AFAF), Asian Fisheries Society, 21-24 April 2011, Sanghai Ocean University, Sanghai, China.
29. Pant, J., Phillips, M. Beveridge, M. (2009). ‘Improving sustainable aquaculture technologies: research – education linkages at the WorldFish’. In Book of Abstracts - International Symposium on Fisheries Aquaculture Education, organized by the Asian Fisheries Society, Asian Institute of Technology and Sanghai Ocean University, 27-30 November 2009, Bangkok Thailand.
30. Pant, J., Phillips, M., Kura, Y., Beveridge M. (2009). ‘Small-scale aquaculture for combating food and nutrition insecurity in rural Cambodia: need for judicious considerations. In Book of Abstracts Asian Pacific Aquaculture 2009, organized by the World Aquaculture Society,3-6 November 2009, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
31. Shrestha, M.K., Bhujel, R. C., Pant J. (2009). Strategy for the promotion of small-scale aquaculture to benefit the rural poor: lessons for development agencies. In Book of Abstracts ‘World Aquaculture 2009’, organized by the World Aquaculture Society, 25-29 September 2009, Vera Cruz, Mexico.
32. Bhujel, R.C., Shrestha, M.K., Pant, J. (2008). Ethnic women in aquaculture in Nepal: a model for participatory research and development. In Fisheries and Aquaculture: Strategic Outlook for Asia, Book of Abstracts- 8th Asian Fisheries Forum, Asian Fisheries Society (Indian Branch), November 20-23, 2007, Kochi, India, p. 6.
33. Pant J., Phromthong, P, Lin, C.K., Demaine H. (1998). Fertilization of ponds with inorganic fertilizers: low cost technologies for small-scale farmers. In Book of Abstracts, ‘The Fifth Asian Fisheries Forum’, Asian Fisheries Society, International Conference on Fisheries and Food security beyond the Year 2000, November 11-14, 1998, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
34. Huang L., J. Pant, R.W. Bell, B. Dell, K. Deane. (1996). Effects of boron deficiency and low temperature on wheat sterility. In H.M. Rawsan and K.D. Subedi (eds.) Sterility in wheat in subtropical Asia: extent, causes and solutions. ACIAR, Canberra.
35. Rerkasem B., Moolsri, S., Pant, J., Lordkaew, S. (1996). Effects of boron, planting date and genotype on sterility in wheat in Thailand. In H.M. Rawsan and K.D. Subedi (eds.) Sterility in wheat in subtropical Asia: extent, causes and solutions. ACIAR, Canberra.
36. Pant J. and Rerkasem, B. (1995). Boron response of wheat genotypes under irrigated and water stress conditions. In R.W. Bell and B. Rerkasem (eds.) Causes of Sterility in Wheat. Proceeding of the workshop held at Chiangmai, Thailand.
Technical Reports and Working Papers:
37. Pant J., Shrestha, S. M., Lin, C. K., Demaine, H, Diana, J. S. (1998). High-Input Green Water On-Farm Trials in Northeast Thailand. In K. McElwee, D. Burkee, M. Niles, and H. Egna (Eds.), Sixteenth Annual Technical Report. Pond Dynamics/ Aquaculture CRSP, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, pp171-181. http://pdacrsp.oregonstate.edu/pubs/admin/admin_16/16ar_toc.html
38. Shrestha S. M., Phromthong, P., Mingkano, P., Turongruang, D., Pant, J., Kwei Lin, C. and Demaine, H. (1997). High-input Inorganic Fertilization On-farm Trials in Northeast Thailand. AIT Aqua Outreach Working Paper, New Series No. T-5. Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand.
39. Turongruang, D; Phromthong, P., Mingkano, P., Pant, J., Demaine, H. (1994). Adoption and Retention of Project Recommendations. AIT Aqua Outreach Working Paper, New Series No. T-4. Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand.
40. Pant, J., Demaine, H., Edwards, P., (2002). Integrated Agriculture: Farm fish ponds play pivotal role in Northeast Thailand. Global Aquaculture Advocate, October Issue, 2002.
41. Viseth H., Chin Da and Pant, J. (2002). Promotion of Small-scale Aquaculture in Cambodia. AARM Newsletter, ISSN 0859-4848 (A Quarterly Newsletter of the Aquaculture and Aquatic Resources Management, Asian Institute of Technology), Vol. 7, Nos. 3 & 4.
42. Bhujel R., Pant, J. and Shrestha, M. K. (2002). Women in Aquaculture in Nepal: Phase II. AARM Newsletter, Vol. 7, No. 1.
43. Pant J. (2002). New Initiatives in the Promotion of Small-scale Aquaculture in Southern Vietnam. AARM Newsletter, Vol. 7, No. 1.
44. Pant, J; Demaine, H.; Edwards, P. (2002). Integrated Agriculture. Global Advocate – October 2002.
45. Demaine H. and Pant, J. (2002). ICLARM Wetlands Projects Start-Up in Northeast Thailand. AARM Newsletter, Vol. 7, No. 1.
46. Demaine H., Edwards, P., and Pant J. (2001). VAC Systems in Northern Vietnam after AIT Aqua Outreach Project Intervention. AARM Newsletter, Vol. 6, No. 2-3.
47. Bhujel R. and Pant, J. (2001). Women in Aquaculture in Nepal. AARM Newsletter, Vol. 6, No. 2-3.
48. Bhujel R ., Pant, J. and Yakupitiyage, A. (2000). AARM Mission to Nepal. AARM Newsletter, Vol. 5, No. 1-3.
49. Pant J. (1999). Shifting Role of Livestock in Northeastern Thai Farming Systems. AARM Newsletter, Vol 4, No. 1.
50. Pant J. and Demaine, H. (1998). Pond Plays a Pivotal Role in Integrated Agriculture-Aquaculture (IAA) Systems. AARM Newsletter, Vol. 3, No. 4.
51. Pant J. and Demaine, H. (1998). Integrated Agriculture-Aquaculture Systems in Northeast Thailand. AARM Newsletter, Vol. 3, No. 3.
52. Pant J., Bhujel, R.C. and Shrestha, M.K. (2007). Women in Aquaculture in Nepal Phase III, Community Fish Production and Marketing Project (Submitted to Canadian Cooperation Office (CCO), Kathmandu, Nepal).
53. Pant J., Devkota N.R., Tiwari, J. (2007). Multi-sectoral Development Models for Sustainable Livelihoods in High Mountain districts (Humla, Jumla, Mugu, Bajhang and Darchula) of Nepal
(Submitted to Community Livestock Development Project (CLDP), Department of Livestock Services (DLS), Nepal/Asian Development Bank)
54. Pant J., Shrestha, M.K. and Rai, A. K. (2004). Feasibility Study of Integrating Pond Aquaculture in Smallholders Farming System in Mid-western Terai districts of Nepal (submitted to Winrock-Ujyalo program, Nepal)
55. Pant J., Bhujel, R.C. and Shrestha, M.K. (2005). Women in Aquaculture in Nepal Phase II, Integrated Agriculture-Aquaculture Systems for Improved Livelihoods of Traditional Fishing Communities project (submitted to WDP German committee).
56. Pant J. and Shrestha, M. K. (2004). Feasibility Study of Integrating Backyard Pond Aquaculture with Micro-irrigation Systems (submitted to Plan International Nepal Country Program office).
57. Pant, J. (2006). Rapid Assessment of Freed Kamaiya (bonded labor) Rehabilitation Project in Bardiya and Kamlari Abolition Project in Dang districts (submitted to Plan International Nepal Country Program office).
58. Pant J. (2006). Rural Livelihood Systems Analysis: Baseline Situation Assessment for Plan International Nepal Program Intervention in Eight Resource-poor Village Development Committees (VDCs) of Makwanpur district namely Bajrabarahi, Chitlang, Manahari, Basamadi, Handikhola, Aagra, Gogane, Sarikhet. (Submitted to Plan International Nepal country program).
59. Devkota, N. R., Pant J. and Kolachhapati, M.R. (2004). Mid-term evaluation of the ‘Poverty Alleviation: Poultry Program for Self-employment Promotion under the Food Security Campaign’ of the Department of Livestock (DLS), Nepal in Far-Western development region of Nepal (submitted to DLS/Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives Nepal).
60. Pant J. and Regmi, P. P. (2004). Evaluation of Food Security, Skill Development, and Micro Finance program’ of PLAN International Nepal Country Program (submitted to Plan International Nepal country program).
61. Chapagain, D., Pant, J., Sharma, R.K. (2005). Socio-economic Impact Study of Community Groundwater Sector Project Canadian Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI), Nepal. (submitted to CECI, Nepal).
62. Devkota,N. R., Pant J., and Kolachhapati, M. R. (2004). Baseline Situation Assessment of High Mountain Districts of Nepal (Jumla, Humla, Mugu, Pyuthan, Salyan, and Rolpa) for Community Based Livestock Development Project (CLDP) Intervention. (submitted to Community Livestock Development Project (CLDP), Department of Livestock Services (DLS), and Government of Nepal).
63. Pant J., Bhujel R.C., and Shrestha, M.K. (2003). Women in Aquaculture in Nepal Phase I, ‘Promotion of Small-scale aquaculture in traditional fishing communities in Nepal’ (submitted to WDP German Committee).
64. Pant J. (1999). ‘Agriculture Development in Northeast Thailand: A Review’. Aquaculture and Aquatic Resources Management (AARM), Asian Institute of Technology.
65. Pant J. (1996). Assessment of Agro-based Potentials for Poverty Reduction in Salyan District, Nepal. (submitted to PLAN International Nepal Country Program).
66. Paudel B., Pant, J. and Gajurel, K. (1991). Comparative Study of Kitchen Gardens with and Without Market Influence in Chitwan valley, Nepal. (A Report of Winrock International Funded Research Project).