Application of modern biotechnology for improving livelihoods in the semi-arid tropics ICRISAT's initiatives

Dar, W D and Bhatnagar-Mathur, P and Sharma, K K (2008) Application of modern biotechnology for improving livelihoods in the semi-arid tropics ICRISAT's initiatives. In: Agriculture for food, nutritional security and rural growth. TERI, New Delhi, New Delhi, pp. 171-194. ISBN 8179931523

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By the year 2020) the global population is expected to reach 8 billion. Conventional methods of crop production alone cannot feed so many hungry mouths. Despite the successes of the Green Revolution, the battle to ensure food security for hundreds of millions is far from won. Agricultural biotechnology has the potential to reduce crop losses from pests and diseases; improve the nutrient efficiency of food and animal feeds; extend the post-harvest life of fruits and vegetables; and to increase the stress tolerance of crop plants allowing them to tolerate various environmental extremes. In developing countries in particular, biotechnology has the potential to revitalize the agricultural sector and increase the profitability of farming. Scientific solutions to improve crop productivity, where biotechnology can play an important role, can empower the rural sector by boosting food production, enhancing income for the small farmer, and improving his nutritional security. This paper demonstrates that appropriate technology holds the key to sustainable crop productivity, food security, and poverty alleviation in resource-poor developing countries. It examines the tools of biotechnology ICRISAT (International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics) employs in its journey from a Grey to a Green Revolution, ultimately leading to agricultural transformation and economic growth and improved livelihoods for millions in the resource-poor regions of SAT (semi-arid tropics).

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Others > Agriculture-Farming, Production, Technology, Economics
Depositing User: Ms Vibha Raju
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2011 14:46
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2011 14:46
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