India-ICARDA collaboration: scientists, policy makers share ideasJuly 15, 2011 at 10:06 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
India-ICARDA research partnerships are growing rapidly. A two-day meeting in New Delhi, 17-18 June, allowed scientists and policy makers to review progress and formalize plans for next season. The 100-plus delegates included some of India’s most senior agricultural policy makers: Mr PK Basu, Secretary to the Government, from the Ministry of Agriculture; Dr Gurbachan Singh, Agriculture Commissioner; Mr Mukesh Khullar, Joint Secretary in the Ministry and Director of the National Food Security Mission; and Dr Swapan Kumar Datta, Deputy Director General – Crop Sciences, Indian Council of Agricultural Research.
Scientists reported research results achieved in 2010-2011 under three government-funded projects implemented jointly by Indian research institutions and ICARDA. For example, some farmers in West Bengal harvested more than 2 tons per hectare of the new lentil variety Moitree (meaning ‘Friendship’) developed by India-ICARDA teams. National policy makers gave very positive feedback about the quality of the work, as well as ICARDA’s emphasis on partnership-based approaches. They urged that collaboration be expanded further, to assist government efforts to improve food security and nutrition.