B.M. Prasanna is the Maize Program Director (GMP) at CIMMYT.
Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Prasanna provides technical oversight for an array of multi-institutional projects on development and deployment of elite, stress-resilient and nutritionally enriched maize varieties in the tropics of sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Latin America, besides application of novel tools and technologies for enhancing genetic gains and breeding efficiency.
Prasanna led the CGIAR Research Program MAIZE from 2015 till 2021, an alliance of over 300 research and development institutions globally. He has been at the forefront in tackling the challenges of maize lethal necrosis (MLN) disease in eastern Africa (since 2011), and the Fall Armyworm in Africa and Asia (since 2016 and 2018, respectively).
Together with an array of partners globally, Prasanna and the wider CGIAR team have formulated the OneCGIAR Plant Health Initiative in 2021. Prasanna is currently also serving as the Leader of the Plant Health Initiative, involving 10 CGIAR centers and over 80 national and international partners.
Recipient of several awards and recognitions, Prasanna has published over 200 research articles in various international journals of repute, and has a Scopus h-index of 46, and a Google Scholar h-index of 61.