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SENR Seminar Series- Dr. Raj Paroda

Jan 25, 2018, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
164 Howlett Hall, 2001 Fyffe Rd, Columbus, OH 43210

The SENR Seminar Series welcomes Dr. Raj Paroda, former Director General of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and Secretary of the Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE), Government of India.  Dr. Paroda will present "Addressing Second Generation Challenges of the Green Revolution While Managing Natural Resources and Climate Change" from 4:10-5:30pm 164 Howlett Hall. 

This event is co-sponsored by the SENR Seminar Committee and the Carbon Management and Sequestration Center.


Recently, India celebrated the Golden Jubilee (50 years) of the Green Revolution that contributed to an era of food self-sufficiency for the country. Despite a rapid increase in population over the years, production of food grains rose fivefold, converting India from a country that depended on imported grain to an exporter of grains. However, India now faces “second generation” challenges to the Green Revolution. These include declines in productivity, poor soils, loss of organic carbon, water pollution, increased pests and crop diseases, rising costs of inputs, a decline in farm profits, and the adverse impacts of climate change. A crisis in agricultural sustainability is emerging. Dr. Paroda will address these challenges in his seminar, will offer possible solutions, and will discuss some new developments in technology and policies.


About our speaker:

Dr. Raj Paroda is former Director General of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and Secretary of the Department of Agriculture Research and Education (government of India). He has served as founding chair of the Global Forum on Agricultural Research at the FAO in Rome and as Executive Secretary of the Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions.  Dr. Paroda has played a key role in modernizing and strengthening the national agricultural research system in India and other countries and is known for his dedication to farmers and farming. Among the many awards he has received are the prestigious Padma Bhusan Award and Borlaug Award. Currently, he is Chair of the Trust for the Advancement of Agricultural Sciences and is a member of the Strategic Impact, Monitoring, and Evaluation Committee of CGIAR (a global research partnership comprised of 15 research centers).