First International Agrobiodiversity Congress held in New Delhi: Prof Swaminathan
New Delhi: November 6, 2016: In a plenary lecture I delivered at the first international agrobiodiversity congress held at New Delhi, I proposed that one of the remaining years of the present decade should be designated as International Year of Millets. Millets are now being recognised both for their nutritive and climate smart properties. I also stressed the need for concurrent recognition of the rights of farmers and breeders. For this purpose, I recommended that the UPOV Convention should be renamed as the Union for the Protection of Breeders and Farmers’ Rights. I also emphasised the need for strengthening institutional support to genetic resources conservation and enhancement. Agrobiodiversity is the feedstock for sustainable food, nutrition, and ecological security. Hence, the conservation and sustainable and equitable use of agrobiodiversity will be very important to achieve the zero hunger challenge posed by the UN Secretary General.
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