(2nd from L) Dr S Ayyappan, secretary, Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE) and director general, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)
Bioversity International and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) have signed an agreement today to improve agricultural sustainability, smallholder wellbeing and resilience to climate change in India through the use and conservation of agricultural biodiversity. Bioversity International will work with ICAR and other partners to implement a five-year work plan focusing on research collaboration and training through 2016.
Dr S Ayyappan, secretary, Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE) and Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) affirmed that ICAR will provide all necessary support to Bioversity International for the implementation of all activities as agreed in the work plan to strengthen the strong Indian programme on plant genetic resources for the benefit of global communities, following a long tradition of partnership.
"ICAR and Bioversity have worked together successfully for many years. This collaboration is continuing and leading to new activities. To respond to the challenges that farmers will face in the future, our longstanding work together is being enhanced with conservation on farms and in the wild. This approach allows biodiversity to be adaptable and can improve incomes by creating markets for diverse products" said M. Ann Tutwiler, director general of Bioversity International.
ICAR and Bioversity initiated a capacity building programme of scientists from developing countries in the field of in vitro and cryopreservation and have trained more than 100 scientists from 19 countries. Both partners are now planning to further expand this training programme to African partners so that more scientists can be trained. Knowledge of this technique is essential for the conservation of plant species which cannot be conserved through seed.
Bioversity and ICAR will work together to: