16) ICRISAT to host agri-business development meeting (6 May 2005)

The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) will host a one-day meeting of the Indian Association of Agri-Business Development (IAAD) at Patancheru on building effective public-private partnerships (PPPs) for promoting agri-business on 19 May.

The meeting will bring together the different stakeholders in the PPP process, such as research organizations, government, private sector, financial institutions, citizens' groups and farmers' representatives. The objective is to agree on the Patancheru Draft for developing effective PPPs to take research and development from lab to land, with emphasis on contract farming.

According to Dr William Dar, Director General of ICRISAT, the meeting is significant since it will devise the methodology for reaching cutting-edge agricultural research to the farmers through a network of partners from the public and the private sector. “The benefits of modern technology and management techniques must reach the resource-poor farmers of the semi-arid tropics,” Dr Dar said.

IAAD was established in 1999 under the Chairmanship of Dr MS Swaminathan, with the objective of taking modern agro-technologies to the resource poor small farm families in rural India. Dr Swaminathan will preside over the 19 May meeting. The Chief Secretary of Andhra Pradesh, Dr Mohan Kanda, and the Principal Secretary, Andhra Pradesh Department of Industry and Commerce, Ms Lakshmi Parthasarathy, are expected to attend the meeting.

The themes that the meeting will discuss include:

· Effective PPP for promoting agri-business

· Re-engineering government's role in PPP and contract farming – Policies and regulatory framework

· PPP and contract farming – New paradigms and challenges

· PPP as a vehicle for taking R&D from lab to land

For further information, contact Mr V Raghavendra Prasad at p(dot)raghavendra(at)cgiar(dot)org.

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