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Thursday, August 12, 2010

We can win against hunger - ICRISAT Director

Dr. William D. Dar, director of ICRISAT, speaking on the occasion of MS Swaminathan's 85th birthday, said that it is possible to achieve the Millennium Development Goal of reducing the world’s 1020 million undernourished people by half between now and 2015.

A heartening statement, coming from people that know what is actually possible in agricultural production. Dr. Dar said that empowering women in agricultural ownership is a crucial part of this solution.

Agricultural production and market-oriented distribution alone, IMHO, cannot see us through to the final goal. There must be active community awareness and participation in hunger alleviation.

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