Sustainable Productivity Enhancement Initiatives in India:Proceedings of Tata-ICRISAT-ICAR Projects? Reviewand Planning Meeting, 12-13 May 2009 uri icon


  • Out of the 852 million poor worldwide, 221 million are in India. Thecountry must increase its food production to 250 million tons to feed apopulation of 1.2 billion people by 2010. Two-thirds of Indian agricultureis largely dependent on rainfall, and current productivity of the rain-fedagriculture is quite low (1 to 1.5 t ha-1) as against a potential of 2.5 to7.0 t ha-1. Rain-fed areas are also impacted by poverty, land degradation,malnutrition and water scarcity. The initiative of the Tata-ICRISAT-ICARproject during 2002 to 2007 demonstrated the power of science-leddevelopment model for improving agricultural productivity and incomesof the rural poor in India. To meet the millennium development goal(MDG) of halving the number of poor people by 2015, and to meetthe challenges thrown by global warming by greenhouse gas emission,coordinated, effort is urgently needed to apply science for a sustainabledevelopment in rain-fed areas. Sir Dorabji Tata Trust (SDTT) providedsupport to ICRISAT to implement an innovative pilot project to developand validate a farmer-centric community watershed developmentapproach for combating land degradation, which has opened up newvistas

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  • 2009