Dr Mohan Saxena honored

May 9, 2012 at 6:37 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Dr Saxena (right) was honored for outstanding research  on legume crops

Dr Saxena (right) was honored for outstanding research on legume crops

Dr Mohan Saxena, former Assistant Director General at ICARDA, has won the Swaminathan Award for his decades of research on legume crops. The award was presented at a ceremony in New Delhi, India, by H.E. Dr Balram Jakhar, Governor of Madhya Pradesh province.

The citation mentions some of his many achievements. Dr Saxena’s research on legume agronomy and physiology has had huge impacts on poverty and nutrition in smallholder farm communities worldwide. He helped develop winter-sowing technology for chickpea and lentil, which resulted in a 50-60% increase in crop productivity and water use efficiency in many areas. Dr Saxena until recently served as Visiting Professor in the United Nations University in Tokyo. He is currently Senior Advisor to ICARDA’s Director General, and Executive Secretary, International Commission on Dryland Development.

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