Institution: Animal Production & Health, FAO
Before joining FAO, Rome, Italy in 2010 Harinder P.S. Makkar was Mercator Professor and International Project Coordinator of a Sino-German Project on ‘Fuel and Feed for Tomorrow’ at University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany. This project aimed at enhancing economic viability and sustainability of Jatropha-based biofuel production systems by introducing innovative industrial and livestock production systems. The project was funded jointly by Federation Ministry of Education and Research, Germany and Ministry of Science and Technology, China. The Project concluded in 2010 and it was identified as a model project for replication in other OECD countries. The success of the project relied on strong public-private partnership.
Harinder Makkar has published over 250 research papers and 8 books, spread in the areas of natural plant products and bioactive compounds and their interactions with livestock, soil, plant and environment; applications of biotechnologies in animal agriculture; use of unconventional and lesser-known feed resources as livestock feed; strategies for enhancing nutrient use efficiency in animal food chains and for decreasing environment pollutants from livestock production systems; generation of value-added products from coproducts of the biofuel industry; laboratory analyses and associated quality assurance approaches; and feed-food safety.
He obtained Masters Degree in Animal Biochemistry from National Dairy Research Institute, India and PhD Degree in Agricultural Biochemistry from University of Nottingham, U.K. and Dr. Habilitation in Animal Nutrition from University of Hohenheim. He was awarded Mercator Professorship in 2006. He has also worked for International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna for 7 years and for Indian Veterinary Research Institute for 10 years. He has acted as expert consultant for FAO, IAEA, ILRI, ICARDA, IFS and other international organizations. He has been honored with Honorary Professorship by Universities in China and Mongolia. He has been a fellow of Commonwealth Association, UK; Humboldt Foundation, Germany; and Japanses Society for the promotion of Science, Japan. He has also been awarded a number of Government Medals for contribution to science and technology.