IRRI signs agreement with universities to accelerate agricultural research and education in India

July 23, 2022, New Delhi: To enhance cooperation in agricultural research and education in India, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University and Annamalai University. The MoU signing ceremony took place on July 11, 2022 in New Delhi.

These MoUs will strengthen the partnership between IRRI and the two universities to promote and accelerate advances in research and training in various agricultural research disciplines.

“We are at a strategic moment in history, where the need for food and nutrition security is more important than ever. With a rapidly growing population accompanied by unsustainable use of our scarce natural resources, massive and unprecedented biodiversity losses and growing inequalities, all compounded by climate change, we must do all we can to ensure inclusive and sustainable transformation of the food system. In order to build more resilient food systems, we need to invest in research and education that will enable smallholder farmers to adapt and thrive in the face of climate change,” said Dr Jean Balié, Director General of the IRRI.

Through this agreement, IRRI maintains its commitment to work closely with CCS Haryana Agricultural University and Annamalai University to help strengthen agricultural research and education in India and bridge the gap between agricultural research university and practice on the farm.

During the event, Dr. BR Kamboj, Vice Chancellor of CCS Haryana Agricultural University, stated the importance of resource sharing among partners to achieve the common goal of sustainable development.

On the other hand, Dr. RM Kathiresan, Vice Chancellor of Annamalai University, spoke about the importance of water management and how different commodities can be grown with water management practices. appropriate water.

While welcoming delegates to the occasion, Dr. Sudhanshu Singh, Director of IRRI’s Regional Center for South Asia, stressed the importance of bilateral agreements with these universities in promoting the exchange education and knowledge, joint formulation of R&D projects to advance rice research and production. for the benefit of the farming community and other stakeholders.

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Lana T. Arthur