Hom Gartaula is a Senior Scientist in gender and social research at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). He is an interdisciplinary social scientist passionate about the interface between technology, user diversity and farmer livelihoods. He draws on his two decades of experience in the field of gender and social justice perspectives in agri-food system, digital innovation, climate change and food security. Rooted in an actor-oriented approach and human wellbeing perspective, he has done research on gendered dimensions of food security, digital inclusion, farmers’ knowledge and its transmission, participatory technology development, gender-transformative research methods, and labor out-migration and its implications for small-scale agriculture.
Gartaula holds a PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology, with a disciplinary orientation on Sociology and Anthropology of Development, and an MSc in Knowledge Management and Social Change from Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Before joining IRRI, he worked at CIMMYT, taught at the University of Winnipeg and worked as a program manager at an international corporation based in Canada.