In the context of present discussion, I proud to quote the following three systems operational in India & other countries which are most logistic & realistic to achieve “Food-Nutrition & Economically sustainable livelihood”
- The first one is FSN (Farming system for Nutrition), led by Prof. M.S.Swaminathan, ‘Leader of Green revolution’ in India.
- The second one is LANSA, again led by the World Icon in Agriculture - Prof.M.S.Swaminathan & its foundation- ‘MSSRF’.
- The third one is “INEA”(International Network For edible Aroids,funded by European Union),led by the Global Leader, Dr.Vincent Lebot, CIRAD,France. Under INEA-The Goal is to “Adapt Clonally propagated crops to climatic & commercial changes” most befitting in the scenario of climate change. The said programme is launched in April 2011 with the crop “Taro” (Colocasia esculenta) – involving 22 countries across the globe considering its importance as Staple/Vegetable and sustainability to cope with the fragile environment.
The Doctrine of this programme is stepping towards Global Food-Nutrition with ‘Climate resilient clonally propagated crops’. It is based on exchange of biotic, abiotic stress tolerant & commercially acceptable ‘Taro Gene sources’ involving the NARS.
Further the genetic enhancement of Taro for calorie content & micronutrients especially Zinc, Iron & Calcium through ‘Participatory breeding’ involving the farmers & researchers of agro-climatic & commercially site-specific zones under NARS of different countries- “An unique concept “ from grassroots’ to outreach globally.
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