Patrick Ward

Patrick Ward joined IFPRI as a postdoctoral fellow in the Environment and Production Technology Division in 2012. He is based in the New Delhi office, from where he contributes to the ongoing work of the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA). His research primarily focuses on policy and behavioral issues related to new agricultural technologies and practices to promote the sustainable intensification of cereal systems in the Indo-Gangetic plains of South Asia. He earned a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University in 2011 with a specialization in international development. Prior to joining IFPRI, Patrick was a visiting researcher with the International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG) in Venice, Italy.

Content by Patrick Ward
  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Can information help reduce imbalanced application of fertilisers in India: Experimental evidence from Bihar

    Imbalanced use of fertilisers is a serious problem in India, and in Bihar, the use of chemical fertiliser is much higher relative to the rest of India. The Government of India launched the flagship Soil Health Card (SHC) programme in 2015, in which, farmers receive SHCs with recommendations on the application of different fertilisers. This brief provides empirical...

    12 Nov 2019 | Ram Fishman, Avinash Kishore, Yoav Rothler, Patrick Ward, RKP Singh, Shankar Jha

  • Project

    Adoption of balanced use of chemical fertilisers: Farmers' response to scientific evidence and social learning

    Consumption of chemical fertilisers (mainly Urea, Phosphates and Potash or NPK) has risen rapidly in Bihar in recent years, faster than in the rest of India, and the farmers of Bihar now use higher quantities of NPK per hectare of net sown area (200 kg/ha) than the national average (135 kg/ha). Despite that, crop yields are still generally lower in Bihar. A more balanced...

    4 Sep 2014 | Avinash Kishore, Patrick Ward, David Spielman, Ram Fishman