The World Food Prize Foundation

Council of Advisors

Dr. Purvi Mehta

Senior Advisor and Head of Agriculture for Asia, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Dr. Purvi Mehta is part of the agriculture leadership team at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and leads the foundation’s agriculture programs across Asia. Prior to joining the foundation, she was with the CGIAR working at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). She has been associated with a large number of development programs, especially in areas of technology adaptation and policy influence working closely with a number of Government and non-governmental organizations across South Asia, Southeast Asia and Africa. Currently she also serves as visiting faculty at Cornell University and Independent Director of NCDEX, India’s largest commodity exchange company. She was the recipient of Agriculture Today national award for policy leadership in 2014.

Dr. Mehta has her formal education from M.S. University of Baroda and North Carolina State University and brings a blend of expertise and experience on agriculture (crop-livestock) systems and food systems--leveraging agriculture for nutrition.

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