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Senior Scientist, University of Minnesota

Deepak Ray is a Senior Scientist with IonE’s Global Landscapes Initiative. He conducts research on local to global scale food security. Among the questions that he has explored are: does the productivity growth in crops tracks rising food demands and how climate change already impacts crop yields. To answer these and other broad questions he works with colleagues from around the world using high-resolution global crop statistics that he builds. His analysis is geared to help NGOs, industries, international organizations and governments to make more informed policies and take decisions to capitalize on positives, and explore ways to overcome challenges faced in the agriculture and food security sectors. In the tricky area of gene edited crops he is involved in discussions for a cooperative governance approach for collective action with farmers, industry, NGOs and academics. His goal is to explore through the agriculture lens ways towards a future in which people and the planet prosper together.


  • –present
    Global Landscapes Initiative (GLI) Research Associate, University of Minnesota


  • 2005 
    University of Alabama, Huntsville, USA, PhD, Atmospheric Science