New Delhi, April 3, 2017: Prof M S Swaminathan called on His Excellency the Prime Minister of Malaysia Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, at New Delhi on 3 April 2017. Among the items they discussed were the following:
Empowerment of women in agriculture: Technological, credit and marketing empowerment of women
Attracting and retaining youth in farming: For this purpose, new technologies will have to be introduced and initiatives like the Rice BioPark for increasing income through value addition to all the parts of the plant should be promoted.
Combating the adverse impact of climate change and sea level rise: Dr Swaminathan emphasised that for these purposes, an Agricultural University of Malaysia can be set up with special emphasis on anticipatory research to meet the challenge of climate change and sea level rise; participatory research with farming families to improve sustainability of the production and translational research to convert scientific know-how into field level do-how.
Prof Swaminathan also referred to the Agriculture University at Kandahar, Afghanistan with help of GoI, where a Genetic Garden is being established for Afghanistan.
There is much scope in these areas for partnership with the Indian institutions on the one hand and the private sector on the other. Food and nutrition security is important. To marry agriculture, nutrition and health, establish programmes where biofortified plants can be introduced into the farming system.
The Prime Minister of Malaysia welcomed these ideas and mentioned that appropriate follow-up action will be considered carefully.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.