Professor Dr. Md. Abul Kashem was born on 27 December 1961 in a rural family of Gazipur district (the then Dhaka) in the village Gowal Bathan under Kaliakair upazila. His father name is Md. Delour Hossain and mother Hasina Begum. He studied in the Kaliakair primary school from 1996 to 1970. He passed SSC from Kaliakair Golam Nabi High school during 1976, HSC from Bhawal Badre Alam college during 1976, BSc Ag (Hons) from Bangladesh Agricultural University during 1983 and MSc Ag in Soil Science during 1984. He obtained PhD in Agronomy from Bangladesh Agricultural University during 2006. He started his working career as Research Associate in an internationally coordinated project on "Isotopic studies on N2 - cycling with Azolla and blue green algae" in the Department of Soil Science, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh from 1st January 1986 to 31st August 1989. He worked as a NST Fellow of Ministry of Education in the same Department from 1st September 1989 to 2nd January 1991. He worked as a Scientific Officer, Senior Scietific Officer and Cropping System Specialist in the Farming Systems and Environmental Studies of Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh from 3rd January, 1991 to 28 November 2001. He served as a Principal Scientific Officer at Regional Soil Testing Laboratory, Barishal in the Soil Resource Development Institute from 29 November 2001 to 13 February 2007. Then he served as a Principal Scientific Officer and Director in the Technology Transfer Monitoring Unit of Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council from 14 February 2007 to 22 October 2013 as well as he also responsible as Director of National Agricultural Technology Project Phase-1 for six (6) years. He is now working as a Professor in the Department of Soil Science under Sylhet Agricultural University since 23 October 2013 to date and presently acting as Dean, Faculty of Agiculture. He also served as a Chairman of the Department for four years. Professor Kashem implemented a number of scientific projects funded by national and international agencies. He attended more than 100 seminar, workshop and symposium in home and abroad. He visited more than 10 countries for attending workshop, seminar, meeting and trainings. He participated 20 professional trainings in home and 2 trainings in abroad. Presently he is the member of more than 15 professional societies and working with various GOs and NGOs in the professional arena. There are 19 MS and 2 PhD students completed their research degree under his supervision. He is the farming systems research practitioner and have experiences in different agro-ecosystems specially in haor ecosystems in Bangladesh. He has experiences in PRA, project monitoring and evaluation, editorial experience of journal and reports etc. He published more than 290 scientific articles including 79 journal papers (in home and abroad), 18 conference papers, 3 papers in training manual, 18 project reports, 8 abstracts, 18 books/booklets, 138 scientific articles in books/reports, 8 leaflets, 5 popular articles, news letter etc. He is maried with Umme Habiaye Rashida Begum and blessed with daughter Darimi Hasin and son Redwan Hossain
Farming systems research
Wet land rice culture with Azolla and blue green algae
Base line survey
Active Research Project:
Research sub-project on “Enhancement of Teaching-Learning Capacity at Undergraduate and Master’s Level Education in the Faculty of Agriculture at Sylhet Agricultural University” (CP#3626) under Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project of University Grant Commission.
Research project on “Farm Productivity Improvement in Haor Areas through Integrated Farming Systems Approach” under KGF grant.
Growth and Productivity Assessment of Agar Plant (Aquilaria malaccensis Roxb.) through Management Practices funded by BARC.
Survey on baseline condition and competitiveness of Agricultural Produces in Sylhet region and upgradation of market directory of Sylhet and Chittagong funded by DAM.
Agricultural Practices and livelihood Patterns of Selected Tribal Communities in Bangladesh funded by BARC.
Production and Evaluation of Vermicompost, funded by SAURES, SAU.
Previous Research Project:
Alternate Rice-Fish system in the baid ecosystem, Mymensingh region. Land/Water Interface Production Systems. Preliminary Investigation of Floodplain Production Systems in Bangladesh
Productivity issues in the gher farming. A joint study report of the Farming Systems and Environmental Studies, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh, Bangladesh and GOLDA Project, CARE-Bangladesh.
Report For Mid Term Evaluation of Barisal, Patuakhali, Jhalakathi and Barguna Small Holder Support Project (BPJB-SHSP). Barisal, Patuakhali, Jhalakathi and Barguna Small Holder Support Project, 5th Floor, Rear Building, Khamarbari, Dhaka-1215.
The Studies on Integrated Farming Project. Funded by Ministry of Science and Information & Communication Technology, Bangladesh Secretariat, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh.
Maintenance of rice productivity and soil fertility through in vitro application of biomass from different sources under irrigated and rainfed ecosystems. Project, funded by Ministry of Science and Information & Communication Technology, Bangladesh Secretariat, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh.
Terminal Evaluation of Barisal, Patuakhali, Jhalakathi and Barguna Small Holder Support Project (BPJB-SHSP). Barisal, Patuakhali, Jhalakathi and Barguna Small Holder Support Project, 5th Floor, Rear Building, Khamarbari, Dhaka-1215.
National Agricultural Technology Project: Phase-1, funded by World Bank, GoB, IFAD.
Research project on “Yield gap minimization of Boro rice in the haor areas through agronomic management with special reference to fertilization” under BARC grant.