President Draupadi Murmu will inaugurate the International Research Conference on Agri-Food Systems in New Delhi.


President Draupadi Murmu to inaugurate International Research Conference on Agri-Food Systems (Photo Source: PIB)
President Draupadi Murmu to inaugurate International Research Conference on Agri-Food Systems (Photo Source: PIB)

The President of India, Draupadi Murmu, inaugurated the much-awaited international research conference, ‘From Research to Impact: Towards Equity and Resilient Agri-Food Systems’, at the NASC Complex in Pusa, New Delhi on 9 October 2023. are going to do

Organized by the CGIAR GENDER IMPACT PLATFORM and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), the four-day conference aims to unite national and international research efforts to empower women and promote equitable agricultural and food systems.

The event will feature distinguished speakers, including Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar, India’s G20 Sherpa Amitabh Kant, and CGIAR Interim Executive Managing Director Professor Andrew Campbell.

Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Director General Dr. Himanshu Pathak highlighted the importance of the conference in the context of the recent G20 summit, which strongly endorsed women-led development. Dr. Pathak emphasized the importance of recognizing and promoting leadership roles for women, especially in areas related to climate change, food security and nutrition.

CGIAR GENDER IMPACT Platform Director Dr. Nicole de Haan described the conference as an opportunity to bridge the gap between research and practice, promoting gender equality and social inclusion in resilient food systems. She noted that global gender inequality persists in agri-food systems, exacerbated by crises such as COVID-19 and climate change. Women often face food insecurity and are more vulnerable to external shocks such as floods and droughts. The conference aims to provide policymakers and investors with evidence-based solutions to advance the global goals of gender equality and women’s empowerment.

The conference will bring together a unique global network of gender researchers, connecting them with practitioners, policy makers, and other researchers to review past agricultural gender research and develop more just, equitable, and resilient agri-food systems. Therefore, innovations will be suggested.

The event will feature more than 140 oral presentations, 85 posters, 25 high-level and keynote speakers, and 60 parallel sessions. International exhibitors and Indian women entrepreneurs will showcase their work and innovations. Delegates will represent a variety of research institutions, national agricultural research and extension systems, non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, funding partners, policy-making bodies and the private sector.

ICAR, along with CGIAR and other research partners, continues to play an important role in shaping the future of India’s 126 million smallholder farmers. The CGIAR GENDER IMPACT Platform aims to facilitate knowledge sharing to develop agricultural solutions that benefit women and contribute to equitable, resilient and prosperous societies. Collaboration with ICAR, one of the world’s largest national agricultural research and extension systems, provides CGIAR and its research partners with a unique opportunity to make a significant impact on the ground.

ICAR, with its 113 institutes and 76 agricultural universities spread across India, is committed to identifying evidence-based priorities and innovations that address G20 commitments on climate action, food security, and women’s leadership in nutrition. can translate into tangible benefits for both male and female farmers. , as well as entire communities. CGIAR’s expertise, evidence, and proven solutions will be instrumental in this effort.

First Published: 07 Oct 2023, 08:04 IST


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