welcome to the department of food, Agriculture and bioresources

"FEEDING THE WORLD TODAY AND TOMORROW"

BACKGROUND

The global food system today is beset by serious challenges and risks. Food demand is on the rise due to population growth and changing consumption patterns; production and prices have become more volatile; hunger and poverty levels remain high and unsustainable practices exacerbate environmental challenges. 

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The fundamental needs to boost productivity, especially of small to medium holders, increase access to markets, reduce risks, boost rural employment, and provide environmental services come in a context where managing the agriculture, livestock and aquaculture practices is challenged by accelerating climate change, population growth, urbanization, environmental degradation, increased market risk, tightening resource constraints, a growing need for engagement of the private sector in delivering public goods, too-slow progress on raising rural incomes, and too-slow progress on improving nutrition. World food production needs to be multifold in the coming decades, with far fewer resources (land, water, farmers, energy) available than today. Sustainable agricultural production in developing countries is facing ever-increasing challenges from high use rate of synthetic fertilizers, over-reliance on pesticides, very low adoption of biological pest control, low use rate of animal and green manure, and low level of farm diversification. Similarly, food safety is receiving heightened attention worldwide as the important links between food and health are increasingly recognized. Improving food safety is an essential element of improving food security, which exists when populations have access to sufficient and healthy food. At the same time, as food trade expands throughout the world, food safety has become a shared concern among both developed and developing countries.

MISSION

The mission of the Department of Food, Agriculture, and Bioresources (FAB) is to produce newer generations to strive for solutions to sustainably feed a hungry and growing world. The department provides the foundation for a broad array of research activities, both basic and applied to tackle those challenges in the developing countries by particularly addressing the following issues;

OUR ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

Agribusiness Management (ABM)

focusing on sustainable processes to enhance the performances in small, medium and large scale enterprises in the globally competitive agricultural-based industries.

Agriculture Systems and Engineering (ASE)

focusing on the utilization and management of biological and agricultural systems and natural resources with specialization in Agriculture Systems and Agriculture Engineering;

Aquaculture and Aquatic Resources Management (AARM)

focusing on intensive aquaculture systems for sustainable production with enhanced benefits with specialization in Aquatic Resources Ecosystem Management, Sustainable Aquaculture Production, Integrated Coastal Management and Aqua Business Management;

Food Engineering and Bioprocess Technology (FEBT)

focusing on the understanding of food and biological materials, their processing, conversion and utilization in sustainable, safer and healthy products, with specialization in Food Process Engineering and Bioprocess Technology;

Food Innovation, Nutrition and Health (FINH)

This program stresses particularly upon issues that have not been addressed up to now such as the necessity to maximizing the utilization of resources and to global supply chain strategy and to integrate the food and nutrition security, food safety homogeneously in all the regions.

DEGREES OFFERED IN EACH PROGRAM

CREDIT REQUIREMENT FOR DEGREE COMPLETION

For master program

(48 credits) with minimum 2.75 CGPA and successful completion of Thesis or Research Study

For the doctoral program

(84 credits) with 12 credit coursework with minimum 3.25 CGPA and successful completion of the dissertation and minimum one publication in peer-reviewed international journal approved by Doctoral Program Review Committee (DPRC)

WHERE OUR GRADUATE FIND JOB?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Our graduates are serving in key leadership positions regionally and globally in Governments, industries, and businesses, United Nations Organizations, Multilateral banks, renounced consulting firms, civil society, and NGOs. We prepare work-ready graduates familiar with problems and equipped with knowledge and tools to find solutions.

RESEARCH PROGRAMS

The Department has a very active research program that is done through student research as well as sponsored projects and individually by faculty members. The academic programs of the Department have a long history of research-excellence for decades. The current research program of the Department has several streams. The key streams are mentioned below:

DEPARTMENT FACULTY MEMBERS

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Department of Food, Agriculture and Bioresources
Email: FAB-HOD@ait.ac.th

Dr. Sushil Kumar Himanshu
Assisstant Professor

Agricultural Systems and Engineering

Email: sushil-kumar@ait.ac.th
Contact:  (+66-2)524 5480
Room Number:  209- AFE Building

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Area of Expertise

  • Precision Agriculture
  • Regenerative Agriculture Technology
  • Climate-smart Irrigation Management
  • Remote Sensing and GIS Applications in Agriculture
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in Agriculture
  • Big Data Analysis and Applications
  • Integrated Watershed Management
  • Hydrologic/Cropping System Modelling
Dr. Wai Prathumpai
Adjunct Faculty

Food Engineering and Bioprocess Technology 

Food Innovation Nutrition and Health 

Email: wai.pra@biotec.or.th,

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Dr. Wonnop Vissesanguan
Adjunct Faculty

Food Engineering and Bioprocess Technology

Food Innovation Nutrition and Health 

Email: wonnop@biotec.or.th

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Dr. Uracha Ruktanonchai
Adjunct Faculty

Food Innovation Nutrition and Health 

Email: druracha@ait.asia

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Dr. Ha Thanh Dong.
Assistant Professor

Aquaculture and Aquatic Resources Management

Room number:  206 AFE Building
contact : 66-2-524-5476
Email: htdong@ait.ac.th

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Areas of Expertise:

  • Aquatic Animal Health

  • Infectious and Emerging Infectious Diseases

  • Disease Diagnostics

  • Fish Immunology & Vaccines

Dr. Farhad Zulfiqar
Assistant Professor

Department of Food, Agriculture, and Bioresource
Agri-Business Management Program

Room: AFE Building, Room No: 207,
Extension number: 5459
Email: farhad@ait.ac.th
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Scientific and professional interests are in the areas of:

  • Sustainability in value chains,
  • Innovations for sustainable development,
  • Agricultural sustainability,
  • Agriculture policy analysis,
  • Community-based resource management,
  • Agricultural marketing and trade,
  • Agricultural development,
  • Climate change, Food security,
  • Agribusiness management.
Prof. Peter Edwards
Emeritus Professor

Department of Food, Agriculture, and Bioresource

 Aquaculture and Aquatic Resources Management Program

Prof. Vinod Jindal
Emeritus Professor

Department of Food, Agriculture, and Bioresource

Food Engineering and Bioprocess Technology Program

Prof. Gajendra Singh
Emeritus Professor

Department of Food, Agriculture, and Bioresource

Agricultural system and Engineering Program

Dr. Peeyush Soni
Adjunct Faculty

Agribusiness Management, Agricultural Systems And Engineering

Email: soni@ait.ac.th
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Area of Expertise

  • Sustainable agricultural production
  • Energy input-output analysis of agricultural systems
  • Techno-Economic & environment performance of agricultural systems
  • Design & testing of smallholders farm machinery for sustainable mechanization
  • Field scouting & precision farming using low-altitude remote sensing
  • Controlled environment agriculture
  • Wetland traction studies.
Dr. Loc Thai Nguyen
Associate Professor

Food Engineering And Bioprocess Technology

Email: locnguyen@ait.ac.th
Contact: (+66-2)524 5458
Fax:  (+66-2) 524 6200
Room Number: 205 - AFE Building

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Area of Expertise

  • Non-thermal food processing technologies
  • Mathematical modeling of foods and food processes
  • Chemical sensors and biosensors for food safety application
  • Food waste recycling and utilization
Dr. Ram C. Bhujel
Research Associate Professor and Director of Aqua-Centre

Aquaculture And Aquatic Resources Management

Email: bhujel@ait.ac.th
Contact: (+66-2)524 5222
Fax: (+66-2) 524 6200
Room Number: Aqua Outreach Building –A 24

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Area of Expertise:

  • Sustainable seafood and nutrition security
  • Aquaculture nutrition and feed supplements
  • Aquaponics & Green aquaculture
  • Industry Linkages Aquaculture Business
  • Tilapia farming and Fry Production technology
  • Curriculum Development & Internship
  • Technology Transfer/ Extension / Commercialization,
  • Biostatics and research design
Dr. Krishna R. Salin
Associate Professor

Aquaculture And Aquatic Resources Management

Email: salinkr@ait.ac.th
Contact: (+66-2)524 5489
Fax:  (+66-2) 524 6071
Room Number: 204- AFE Building

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Area of Expertise

  • Cleaner Aquaculture Production Systems
  • Applied genetics in aquaculture / stock improvement and management
  • Aquaculture-environment interactions
  • Innovative hatchery techniques for fish and crustaceans
  • Climate-smart fisheries and aquaculture production / consumption
Dr. John K. M. Kuwornu
Adjunct Faculty

Agribusiness Management, Agricultural Systems And Engineering

Email: jkuwornu@ait.ac.th

Area of Expertise
  • Agribusiness Management, Agricultural Marketing and Trade
  • Agricultural Development Agricultural Policy
  • Marketing Channels
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Commodity Futures Markets
  • Climate Change
  • Agrobiodiversity
  • Stock Markets.
Dr. Avishek Datta
Associate Professor, Department Head, Department of Food, Agriculture & Bioresources

Agribusiness Management, Agricultural Systems And Engineering

datta@ait.ac.th
Phone Number: (+66-2)524 5479
Fax:(+66-2) 524 0148
Room Number: AFE 210

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Area of Expertise

  • Crop production under conventional and organic farming systems in relation to food security and climate change
  • Crop tolerance to soil and environmental stresses
  • Crop water management
  • Dryland agriculture; Ecological agriculture and organic farming
  • Integrated pest and nutrient management
  • Soil fertility management; Crop weed management and herbicide tolerance
  • Weed ecology and management
  • Experimental design and data analysis
Prof. Anil Kumar Anal
Professor

Food Engineering And Bioprocess Technology

Email: anilkumar@ait.ac.th
Contact:  (+66-2)524 5473
Fax:  (+66-2) 524 0147
Room Number:  203- AFE Building

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Area of Expertise

  • Bioprocessing and Value additions of Agro-Industrial Residues, Aquatic Resources and Non-timber Forest Products
  • Functional Foods and Neutraceuticals Processing and Product Analysis
  • Food Safety and Risk Assessment Analysis in Food Supply Chain Systems
  • Application of Nanotechnology in Food, Agriculture and Pharmaceutics
  • Delivery and pharmacokinetic studies of Bioactive Compounds including Neutraceuticals, drugs, etc. in Human and Veterinary Applications
Dr. Amararatne Yakupitiyage
Adjunct Faculty

Aquaculture And Aquatic Resources Management

Email: amara@ait.ac.th
Contact:  (+66-2)524 5456
Room Number: 202- AFE Building

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Area of Expertise

  • Aquaculture systems development
  • Aquaculture nutrition and energetics
  • Fish feed technology and Aqua-feed business
  • Fish Pocessing Technologies (small-scale)
  • Systems approach for aquatic/ coastal resources management
  • Community based/ participatory resources development and management
  • Logical Framework Approach (LFA)
  • Systems modeling
  • Life Cycle Assessment (Aquaculture)
  • Outcome-based curriculum development
  • Chemistry/ Biology/ Biochemistry (specially UG level courses).