Who We Are

The guardians of truth in the age of misinformation, dedicated to promoting accuracy and evidence-based knowledge.

The platform is hosted within the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, Ontario Agriculture College at the University of Guelph. It is currently led by Dr. Ataharul Chowdhury. The platform consists of research fellows, graduate and undergraduate students interested in the field of misinformation in agri-food, climate change and rural development issues.

Our Team

Dr. Ataharul Chowdhury

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Research and Post-doctoral Fellows

Dr. Ataharul Chowdhury

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Dr. Nasir Abbas Khan

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Doctoral Researchers

Amina Asfour

Amina is a PhD student in the Rural Studies program at the University of Guelph, with the aim of contributing towards linking science to humanitarian interventions, ensuring that maximum benefit is achieved through creating evidence-based solutions.

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Uduak Edet

Uduak Edet’s research interests include climate change misinformation as well as climate smart investments and finance. Her current research examines the influence of climate change misinformation on farmers’ ability to adapt to climate change in Northern Nigeria.

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Graduate Students

Edward Kusi Asafo-Agyei

Edward Kusi Asafo-Agyei

Mr. Edward Kusi Asafo-Agyei, is an agriculture policy development and extension professional whose extensive background and unwavering commitment to advancing the agricultural landscape makes him a beacon of knowledge and insight, particularly within Sub-Saharan African context. Mr. Asafo-Agyei holds a prominent position at the intersection of academia and practical experience, with a rich tapestry of qualifications and achievements, he is at the forefront of unraveling the intricate web of agricultural policy misinformation in Ghana.

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Hadis Azizi

Hadis Azizi is pursuing her master’s degree in Capacity Development & Extension at the University of Guelph, after acquiring a BEng in Agricultural Extension & Education at the University of Tehran.

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Kasuni Sachithra

Kasuni Sachithra’s current research focuses on online Communities of Practice, knowledge sharing, learning, and misinformation’s impact.

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Sultana Yeasmin

Sultana’s current research focuses on “Influence of misinformation on participation of young people with disabilities in agriculture in Bangladesh”. It explores how people with disabilities (PWDs) suffer from discrimination, social stigma, and misinformation, which makes them less confident and frustrated about life and leave them as unproductive.

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Research Affiliates

Dr. Sonia Goel

Dr Sonia Goel has done PhD in Biotechnology while working at National Institute on Plant Biotechnology, Indian council of Agricultural research (ICAR), Delhi, India.
She has served as associate professor and Head of the department Genetics and Plant breeding, SGT University, Gurugram, India.

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Dr. Jeet Ramjattan

Dr. Ramjattan is an Agricultural Extension Agent with 21 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. He has an academic and practical background in agriculture and extension, having received his Diploma in Agriculture from the Eastern Caribbean Institute of Agriculture and Forestry in 1995 and a BSc. in General Agriculture from the University of the West Indies (U.W.I) in 2010. Following that, he received his MPhil.

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Md. Kamruzzaman

Md Kamruzzaman is a PhD student at the Fenner School of Environment and Society and Institute for Water Futures at the Australian National University, Australia.

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