Research Need Assessment and Agricultural Research Priorities for South and West Asia: Proceedings of a Workshop held at ICRISAT, Patancheru 7-8 October 2004

Bantilan, M C S and Gowda, C L L and Anupama, G V (2005) Research Need Assessment and Agricultural Research Priorities for South and West Asia: Proceedings of a Workshop held at ICRISAT, Patancheru 7-8 October 2004. International Crops Research Institute for Semi Arid Tropics , Patancheru, Andhra Pradesh, India. ISBN 92-9066-478-9

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Despite the impressive gains in food production,food security, and reduction in rural poverty in South Asia in recent times, problems such as degradation of natural resources, water scarcity, and lowproductivity persist in the region. The threat of marginalization of agriculture and livelihoods of the poor looms large in South and West Asia, where agriculture is the dominant economic activity. The emerging global challenges, paucity of resources, and the need for greater and quicker impacts now compels organizations to prioritize research. Thisworkshop was organized as part of APAARI, ICRISAT, and ICAR's on going effort to establish ademand - driven research agenda based on a participatory approach.The objective was to identify research priorities based on gap analysis by national programs. Representatives of five South and West Asian countries (India,Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Iran), CGIAR institutes, donors, NGOs,farmer ssociations, agricultural universities, and the private sector presented their research needs and emerging challenges, on the basis of identified critical gaps and alternative approaches for addressing these. This book is acompilation of the country papers presented, and spells out specific priorities at macro-, meso-, and micro-levels under the broad themes of genetic improvement, natural resources management, and socioeconomic and policy research.

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Subjects: Others > Agriculture-Farming, Production, Technology, Economics
Depositing User: Mr Sanat Kumar Behera
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2011 10:24
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2014 05:31
Acknowledgement: We would like to express our sincere thanks to RS Paroda, Executive Secretary, Asia- Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions(APAARI), for providing us with the opportunity to conduct this exercise for South and West Asia, and extending his guidance and financial support. We sincerely appreciate the support received from William D Dar, Mangala Rai, and Dyno Keatinge. We thank the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Counci, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, the Agricultural Research and Education Organization of Iran, the Nepal Agricultural Research Council, and the Sri Lanka Council for Agricultural Research Policy for their cooperation during the development of the country papers. W e also sincerely thank all scientists of ICRISAT and partners who rendered assistance during the preparation of this report. We thank the language editor Shubha Rao Benipuri, and TR Kapoor, Chandrasekhar and Vengal Reddy for their support bringing out this document. W e are grateful to all the staff of Global Theme on Markets, Policy and Impacts at ICRISAT, especially NVNChari, Padmini Haridas,Krishnan,R Padmaja and Kenneth Muir for their help.
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