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Raj Chongtham

Raj Chongtham Iman
Researcher at the Department of Biosystems and Technology


My personal and research interest has been on identifying ways for sustainable food and feed systems, with a greater emphasis on the production part. This curiosity has been driven by the fact that the current agricultural practices are characterized by high external inputs and intensive use of resources, which cannot be sustainable.  I have been analyzing crop and farm management practices in different systems (organic, conventional, arable farms, mixed farms, etc.) and how different management practices could stand up against the challenges posed by changing climatic conditions, low economic incentive to farmers, declining ecosystems services and loss of biodiversity in the farmland.  The projects which I am currently involved in, investigates the benefits of using various crop species, for instance grain legumes with cereals, for  more diversified, productive, adaptive and agro-ecological cropping systems in Northern Europe.


MSc in Desert Studies, specializing in Agriculture and Biotechnology for Sustainable Dryland Development, 2006. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.

MSc in Sustainable Agricultural Development, 2008. University of Copenhagen, Denmark and Montpellier SUPAGRO, France

PhD in Agriculture, 2016. Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden.

Selected publications

Understanding effects of multiple farm management practices on barley performance
Libère Nkurunziza, Iman Raj Chongtham, Christine A. Watson, Håkan Marstorp, Ingrid Öborn, Göran Bergkvist, Jan Bengtsson (2017)  European Journal of Agronomy 90 pp.43-52.

Factors influencing crop rotation strategies on organic farms with different time periods since conversion to organic production
Iman Raj Chongtham, Göran Bergkvist, Christine A Watson, Emil Sandström, Jan Bengtsson, Ingrid Öborn (2016) Biological Agriculture & Horticulture 33 (1) pp.14-27.

Understanding crop and farm management
Iman Raj Chongtham (2016) Acta Universitatis agriculturae Sueciae 1652-6880; 2016:77. ISBN 978-91-576-8656-5.

Libère Nkurunziza, Håkan Marstorp, Iman Raj Chongtham, Kristin Thored, Ingrid Öborn, Göran Bergkvist, Jan Bengtsson (2015).  Projections to Latent Structures (PLS) to evaluate farming system effects on agroecosystem services: Changes after transition from conventional to organic farming system. Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium for Farming Systems Design, Montpellier, France, 429-430

Assessment of the strategies of organic fruit production and drying in Uganda
Iman Raj Chongtham, Andreas de Neergaard, Didier Pillot (2009) Journal of Agricultural Research in the Tropics and Subtropics 1 (111) pp.23-34

Promoting the culture of gilthead sea bream in low saline inland water: A novel way to farm saltwater fish in freshwater
Samuel Appelbaum, Jesu Arockia Raj, Iman Raj Chongtham (2008) Fish for the People, SEAFDEC 6 (1): 40-44

Analysis of the Strategies of Farmers Producing Organic Fresh and Dry Fruits in Kayunga, Uganda Iman Raj Chongtham (2008) Danish Development Research Network. Copenhagen. Denmark.

Present and Future Potentials of Agriculture in Pepela Village, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa Sofie Bryndum, Charlotte Bøye, Iman Raj Chongtham, Jennifer Montagne (2007) Sustainable Land use and Natural Resource Management. Copenhagen, Denmark.

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