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DAA: Muhammad Abdur Razzaque

Muhammad Abdur Razzaque

Muhammad Abdur Razzaque


Dhaka, Bangladesh | Distinguished Ag Alumni: 2013


Muhammad Abdur Razzaque, Ph.D. 1983, has risen from the rold of a freedom fighter, struggling for Bangladesh to earn its independence from Pakistan in 1971, to become Minister of the People's Republic of Bangladesh Ministry of Food. Razzaque started his professional career as a scientific officer of the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC), the apex organization of National Agricultural Reaserch System (NARS), and eventually was promoted to the rank of Chief Scientific Officer. He was the national coordinator of Integrated Farming System Research and Development, influenced the agriultural research policy to a great extent, and earned success in generating and implementing technology. Since he was appointed a minister in 2009, Razzaque has worked to reduce disaster risks while enhancing community resilience in the face of disaster and climate change. 1972   M.S., Bangladesh Agricultural University 1972-1973  General Secretary, Bangladesh Agricultural                   University Central Student Union 1983   Ph.D., Purdue University 1976-2001  Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council                  Scientific Officer, 1976-1979                  Senior Scientific Officer, 1978-1986                  Principal Scientific Officer, 1986-1994                  Chief Scientific Officer, 1994-2001 1988-2001  Integrated Farming System Research and                  Development                  Associate Coordinator, 1988-1994                  National Coordinator, 1994-2001 1996-1997  General Secretary, bangladesh Krishibid Institution                  (the Professional Association of Agriculture                  Graduates in Bangladesh) 2001-2009  Member of Parliment (elected in 2001 and 2008),                  People's Republic of Bangladesh 2009-present  People's Republic of Bangladesh                      Minister for Food and Disaster Management,                      2009-2012                      Minister for Food, 2012-present