Monthly Archives: August 2015

Celebrating Professor MS Swaminathan’s 90th birthday and the Zero Hunger Challenge

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.

Unlikely partnerships and alliances

Meeting with officials from the Telangana State Co-operative Apex Bank

Meeting with officials from the Telangana State Co-operative Apex Bank

I have recently attended a number of official functions in Hyderabad and met some really interesting people from a disparate group of organisations … all of whom had one thing in common: an open mind for cross sector partnerships and thinking out of the box for new ways technologies and expertise can be shared for different uses.

One such function was hosted by the hugely dynamic Peter Hassan – businessman and diplomat and currently Advisor on Strategy & Planning to the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

Aside from being a vast source of information himself, Peter had managed to draw together a diverse group of leaders, diplomats and business heads from government, the diplomatic sector, and industries and NGOs such as ITC hotels, the LV Prasad Eye Institute and the UN’s Food & Agricultural Organisation (FAO). Read more

Outstanding Institute Award to CRIDA

Sardar Patel Award from PM I was delighted to see the Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture (CRIDA) being awarded the Sardar Patel Outstanding Research Institute Award, at the recent 87th Foundational Day celebrations of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).

Held in Patna, Bihar, out of Delhi for the first time, the ceremony was attended by the Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi who presented 82 ICAR awards to institutions, scientists, teachers, agricultural journalists and farmers.

PM Modi praised Indian scientists for their work and emphasized the need for scientific innovations in the agriculture sector to move from “lab to land,” so that farmers can benefit from them. Read more