Savitri Mohapatra



Position held:

Head, Marketing & Communications

Year of Employment:

August 2002


  • Masters in French in 1981, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.
  • Post-graduate degree in Journalism & Mass Communication in 1993, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Hyderabad, India.
Specialization /Expertise:
Storytelling; Writing compelling feature stories on agricultural research and development for a range of media; Editing English and French scientific publications; Strategic communication.


  • More than 12 years in leading communication activities of AfricaRice in Africa

  • More than 10 years in editing English and French publications at ICRISAT

Major Achievements:

  • Showcased CGIAR Centers' work at “Gardening for Food Around the World” program, Walt Disney’s Epcot® Center, Florida, USA, April-June 2002

  • Written and published two books for children on CGIAR research: 1. Hero of the Sahel; 2. Secret of NERICA.

  • Won Dr Robert Carsky Award in 2010 for outstanding contribution to AfricaRice

  • Wrote feature stories on rice research and development in Africa for ‘Rice Today’ magazine.

  • Developed scripts for promotional videos and documentary films for AfricaRice.

  • Curator of AfricaRice Social Media

  • Editor and publisher of AfricaRice Daily

  • Co-Editor of "Rice to feed Africa"