2) Feeding the forgotten poor chronicles agriculturist’s perspectives in tackling poverty and hunger
(8 February 2012)

Hyderabad, India, 8 February 2012 –The world’s population will grow from almost 7 billion now to over 9 billion in 2050. The daunting question is – will there be enough food to go around?

In his book Feeding the forgotten poor, agriculturist Dr William D. Dar raises the question of how the world is going to feed the poor, in an inspiring recounting of the events of his own life that shaped his career and his commitment to and vision of a world that is free from hunger and poverty.

Dr Dar is the Director General of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) based in Hyderabad. A dynamic agriculturist and international research manager, Dr Dar leads ICRISAT in finding a path towards a smarter, healthier, more sustainable and resilient agriculture towards the attainment of food security, particularly in the dryland tropics of Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

The book was launched by no other than former President APJ Kalam, coinciding with his participation as Chief Guest during the inaugural session of the 2nd Global Agri-Business Incubation Conference: NIABI 2012 on 6 February 2012 in New Delhi organized by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in partnership with ICRISAT.

(L to R)Dr BangaliBaboo, Director, National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR); His Excellency Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India; and Dr William D Dar, Director General, the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and author, Feeding the Forgotten Poor, during the launching of the book in New Delhi on 6 February 2012.


In the book’s Foreword, Dr Kalam wrote: “The book reveals perspectives to grow and provide food to the people wherever they live on Earth, backed by Dr Dar’s own experiences in multiple countries. Particularly I am impressed with the Chapter Innovate, Grow and Prosper where he deals with strategic science and dynamic development.”

The book, co-written by Arun Tiwari, is divided into four parts: (1) Soil and Roots, (2) Stems, Leaves and Fruits, (3) Skin of the Earth, and (4) Growth and Prosperity, corresponding to Dr Dar’s rise from national (in his native country, Philippines) to regional and international agricultural research for development, and his life-long commitment to a hunger-free world.

Published by the Orient Black Swan publishing company, the book will soon be available at major bookstores in India.


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