India’s strides in agricultural science innovations can greatly benefit African nations, enhancing South-South collaboration between the two regions, said Dr Peter Carberry, Director General, ICRISAT, at the Foundation Day Lecture of the Indian National Academy of Agricultural Sciences on 5 June 2019.

Adopting an optimistic outlook towards the contribution of agricultural science to society, he said, “Significant agricultural productivity growth, diverse and nutritious food value chains and active rural community development have contributed greatly to India’s broader society and to its global reputation for innovation. Continued, targeted development has seen a significant reduction in the number of people living in extreme poverty in India, with this number likely to fall below 3% of the population by 2021.”

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