First Indo-French Agricultural Research Workshop
Inauguration of the Indo-French Workshop on Scientific Cooperation for Agricultural Research
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- Dr. François Houiller, Director General, INRA (l’Institut national de la recherche agronomique)
11th March, 2015, New Delhi
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The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and the French National Institute for Agronomic Research (INRA), supported by the Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research (CEFIPRA), inaugurated their maiden workshop on collaborative scientific cooperation in the field of agricultural research at the National Agricultural Science Centre Complex, New Delhi on 9th March 2015.
The event was graced by the presence of H.E. Mr. François Richier, Ambassador of France to India, Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, Department of Agricultural Research and Education, Ministry of Agriculture & Director General, ICAR and Dr. François Houiller, Director General, INRA.
In his address, H.E. Mr. François Richier, Ambassador of France, emphasized on the growing dual challenge of endeavoring towards an agricultural production that is both mindful of the growing global population and respectful of the environment.
Dr. François Houiller, Director General, INRA (l’Institut national de la recherche agronomique), spoke about the relevance of the workshop in bringing out the current scientific developments of the leading agricultural institutes of India and France, and how their shared experiences could benefit their common ambition to achieve sustainable and inclusive agricultural growth.
Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary DARE & Director General, ICAR, welcomed the coming together of scientific coordinators from both France and India, with the aim of collaboratively working on seven themes that have been flagged as priority areas for agricultural research.
The ongoing two-and-a-half-day long workshop will take place from Monday 9th March to Wednesday 11th March 2015, and will witness technical sessions on the following themes:
1. Sustainable Management of Crop Health;
2. Adaptation of Agriculture and Forests to Climate Change;
3. Diet Impacts and Determinants: Interactions and Transitions;
4. Genomic Selection;
5. Study of Transitions for Global Food Security;
6. Ecosystem Services;
7. Food Processing & Packaging.
Each session is being headed by a French and an Indian scientific coordinator, and will include respective presentations on the current scientific progress in that field, along with a brief overview of the ongoing projects and funding programmes available in their respective research institutes. The objective of each session would be to foster discussion, with a mandate for identification of topics for joint proposals of research.
The inaugural session on 9 March, followed by three scientific sessions on the same day, was attended by over 80 researchers and scientists from various institutes across India.
The plenary session, which will be held on 11 March, would witness a discussion on the shortlisted research topics from each thematic area, and the eventual steps for their implementation.