Devinder Sharma is a distinguished food and trade policy analyst. An award-winning Indian journalist, writer, thinker, and researcher well-known and respected for his views on food and trade policy. Trained as an agricultural scientist (he holds a Master’s in Plant Breeding & Genetics), Sharma has been with the Indian Express, among the largest selling English language dailies in India. And then quit active journalism to research on policy issues concerning sustainable agriculture, biodiversity and intellectual property rights, environment and development, food security and poverty, biotechnology and hunger, and the implications of the free trade paradigm for developing countries.
In his own unique way, he analyses the international developments with local interpretation. Many regard him as singularly responsible for deciphering the complex global treaties and agreements and what it means for the developing countries in a simple and understandable manner. His untiring crusade for ensuring income security for millions of farmers, and his struggle for the poor and the marginalized, as well as his deep understanding of the global and national economic and trade policies makes him a prominent thought leader.
He is also being increasingly referred to as the Voice of the 99 per cent.
Among numerous awards bestowed on him, he was conferred with the Krishi Yodha Award-2019 by the Bhartiya Chhatra Sansad in collaboration with MIT School of Government, Pune, India.
He has been awarded with the honorary degree of Professor-at-Large by the CSK Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University, Palampur (India), from where he had graduated. He is also a Visiting Professor to the Sardar Patel University of Police, Security and Criminal Justice, Jodhpur; and has formerly been a Visiting Fellow to the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), in the Philippines; Visiting Fellow at the School of Development Studies at the University of East Anglia, Norwich (UK); and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge (UK).
The popular Indian weekly magazine The Week in its Independent Day Special (issue dated Aug 16, 2009) has listed Devinder Sharma among the 25 Most Valuable Indians, calling him ‘Green Chomsky’.
He was also on the forefront of the anti-corruption movement in India, was a founder member of India Against Corruption, and also a member of the Team Anna, led by the highly respected octogenarian Anna Hazare.
Sharma is associated with numerous national and international organizations, civil society groups and farmers organisations. He is also on the board of half a dozen national and international organizations, including the Centre for Sustainable Agriculture (CSA), Hyderabad, and Bhoomi College, Bangalore; and was also a member of the CGIAR’s Central Advisory Service on Intellectual Property Rights. He also served on the Key Opinion Leaders Board of the Paris-based dairy giant, Danone. He had earlier been a member on the international committee on Ethics in Globalization, chaired by Mary Robinson.
Among his recent works include, five books:
• GATT and India: The Politics of Agriculture;
• GATT to WTO: Seeds of Despair
• In the Famine Trap
• Bhhokh ka Asli Chehra (in Hindi)
* Muthhi Bhar Dano ke Liye .. (in Hindi)
Invited world over to speak and share his views on the future of international agriculture, he has the privilege of interacting with and influencing some of the world’s important leaders. His strong grip on the ground realities and the ability to weave it into an incisive policy analysis makes him a leading voice from the majority world.
He has delivered some 100 keynote addresses at international and national conferences/congresses over the years He has also delivered lectures/special talks at some 50 universities in Europe, America, Australia and India. He was also invited to speak at an inter-governmental Working Group on the Draft United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and others living in Rural Areas by the UN Human Rights Council. He was also invited to deliver the 58th Foundation Day Lecture at the GB Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar, India.
He travels extensively, spending most of his time in the villages. He also uses his regular columns to disseminate the analysis among the masses. His columns are published in six languages. Sought after for his views by the national and international media, Sharma features regularly in the electronic as well as the print media.