President of India to Inaugurate International Research Conference on Agri-food Systems


The President of India is set to inaugurate the international research conference, “From research to impact: Towards just and resilient agri-food systems,” on October 9, 2023, at the NASC Complex, Pusa, in New Delhi. A press release to this effect was issued on 6th October, 2023.

The four-day conference will be hosted by the CGIAR GENDER Impact Platform and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and aims to empower women to lead and transform agricultural and food systems globally.

The key speakers at the event will include Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, India’s G20 Sherpa, and CGIAR interim Executive Managing Director.

Dr. Himanshu Pathak, Director General of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), emphasized the significance of the conference’s theme in light of the recent G20 Summit, which endorsed women-led development and recognized the importance of women’s leadership and decision-making roles in addressing climate change, food security, and nutrition.

The event will bring together a global network of gender researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to assess existing agricultural gender research and propose innovations for more equitable and resilient agri-food systems. It will feature over 140 oral presentations, 85 posters, 25 high-level plenary and keynote speakers, and 60 parallel sessions.

International exhibitors and Indian women entrepreneurs will showcase their work and innovations. Delegates from research institutes, national agricultural research and extension systems, non-government organizations, civil society organizations, funding partners, policy-making bodies, and the private sector will be in attendance.

The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), along with CGIAR and other research partners, continues to guide India’s 126 million smallholder farmers. The CGIAR GENDER Impact Platform seeks to co-create agricultural solutions that promote gender equity and prosperity. Partnering with ICAR offers CGIAR an opportunity to collaborate, connect with on-the-ground demand, and achieve significant impact.

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