In his end of the year message ICRISAT’s Director General David Bergvinson highlights the achievements of the institute in 2016, the UN’s Year of Pulses, across Asia and Africa. He also talks about the urgency and goals to aim for in 2017 to meet the SDGs as there’s still a lot of work to be done and we need to come together to achieve them.
In his latest vlog ICRISAT Director General David Bergvinson talks about the relation between two initiatives — 2016 International Year of Pulses as well as the new UN Sustainable Development Goals. He speaks about his experience from the ground during a recent visit to South Indian States where he interacted with farmers and attended the 1000 Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) launch in Andhra Pradesh (by Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Mr Nara Chandrababu Naidu), and consultation on Pulses for Addressing Food and Nutrition Security at the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) in Tamil Nadu.
This past weekend I had the privilege to meet and learn from women farmers in northern Mozambique and Salima District of Malawi. I was so impressed and proud that ICRISAT technologies, such as improved groundnut, pigeonpea and more recently sorghum varieties, are empowering women to earn more income. This in turn is giving women control over their financial resources so they can send their children to school and improve the nutrition of their families. Read more
Dr David Bergvinson, Director General of ICRISAT recently attended a conference in Chennai which felicitated Professor MS Swaminathan on his 90th birthday.
Professor Swaminathan is a world renowned geneticist and international administrator who played a leading role in advancing India’s own Green Revolution in agriculture.
At the event he urged colleagues and well wishers to support the UN’s Zero Hunger Challenge, which aims to ensure that every man, woman and child has the Right to Adequate Food.
This involves empowering women, giving priority to family farming, and ensuring that food systems are sustainable and resilient.