Firdousi Naher joined the Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division as Postdoctoral Fellow in February 2011. Based in Dhaka, she works on contemporary issues on food and nutrition security, women and child nutrition, agricultural policy and rural development. She has previously worked with IFPRI for a project on sustainable livelihoods for the urban poor called SHAHAR, a joint initiative with CARE, Bangladesh. She was also a part of the HarvestPlus team and did a study in Bangladesh on cost effectiveness of rice, bio-fortified with iron and zinc.
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Before joining IFPRI, she was Associate Professor in the Department of Economics, University of Dhaka. She also has the experience of working with BRAC, a non-governmental organization in Bangladesh and one of the largest in the world. She has worked with several other international organizations including the ILO in New Delhi, International Rice Research Institute and the World Food Program. Firdousi has a Ph.D. from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her dissertation was titled ‘Foodgrain price stabilization in Bangladesh’.