39) CGIAR at the World Book Fair, New Delhi, India (13 February 2000)

Inaugurating the World Book Fair in New Delhi at Pragati Maidan the Prime Minister Mr Atal Behari Vaj payee said “Books will survive the cyber age”. (Picture courtesy: Press Trust of India).

Among the various dignitaries participated in this inaugural function were Professor Milton Israel, reputed historian from Canada. The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) secretariat and its 5 Centers -- ICRISAT, IPGRI, ISNAR, IWMI, and WARDA -- displayed some of their major research publications at the World Book Fair.

Despite the bad weather a large number of book lovers visited the CGIAR Centers display. Dr Bruno Dorin, on his visit to the CGIAR stall on the inauguration day, said, “The CGIAR Center at the International Book Fair at New Delhi permits a person to understand at a single glance the importance of their mission in the world and the quality of their work and publications”. Dr Bruno Dorin is presently the Head of Economic Department, French Centre for Human Sciences (CSH) in New Delhi.

A 13-year old student, Apoorva Shukla, said, “The CGIAR Centers' display is very good. There are many books which gives information to farmers and help them to increase their production”. Purnima Joshi, Editor at Tulika Publishers said, “The range, quality, and number of publications brought out by the CGIAR Centers is very impressive”.

More than 1200 publishers have displayed their books in this Fair. Foreign participants from Colombia, France, Israel, Japan, and other countries are also participating. To coincide with the Fair, a number of seminars and literary programs are being organized by the National Book Trust of India.

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