I am Shalika Vyas, a research-for-development professional with over ten years of international work experience in sustainable food systems. My primary research interests include climate impacts assessment on food security and sustainable agriculture. I have published multiple research papers on climate adaptation and a part of an ongoing collaboration with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to summarize climate impact research on the food sector. My passion for the subject of risk management is also supported by my current role of managing the climate services and safety-nets theme at CGIAR Research Program on Climate change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), where I develop a regional-level risk management strategy in climate adaptation projects in South Asia.
I am a Masters in Rural Management from the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA), India; and pursuing my PhD in Business Economics from Wageningen University, where I study efficient economic strategies to bundle climate adaptation with risk finance.
My experience in the management of several projects/sub-projects, related to participatory scaling of climate-smart agriculture, has given me several opportunities to assimilate research on agricultural adaptation and mitigation activities. As a part of the 4TU Resilience Fellowship, I aim to understand the role of climate-smart agricultural strategies in developing food system resilience. Developing pathways to climate-resilient agriculture will have a crucial role to play in maintaining food security under compound risks from changing climate, continued biodiversity loss and socio-economic crisis.
Apart from my work, I enjoy reading, cooking, hiking and gardening.