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Dr. Vijay Singh Meena

Organization: Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)-Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI)
Country: India
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Dr. Vijay Singh Meena has made remarkable contributions in the field of agricultural research, aligning his efforts with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Particularly, his work focuses on evaluating and promoting climate-resilient technologies for diverse cropping systems, directly contributing to SDG 2 (Zero Hunger) and SDG 13 (Climate Action).
His expertise lies in optimizing input usage, fostering carbon-neutral farming practices, and enhancing productivity and profitability in agriculture, which are integral to achieving SDG 2 by ensuring food security and promoting sustainable agriculture. Furthermore, his initiatives in evaluating climate-resilient technologies align with SDG 13 by addressing climate change impacts and promoting adaptation measures in agriculture.
Dr. Meena has played a pivotal role in identifying and implementing suitable climate-resilient technologies in Bihar, spearheading the establishment of 38 on-farm innovation clusters across 190 climate-resilient villages. Through these initiatives, he has facilitated technology evaluation, co-learning, and capacity development in the region, contributing to SDG 2 by promoting sustainable agricultural practices and enhancing agricultural productivity.
Moreover, his coordination efforts have led to the successful implementation of over 59,000 cropping systems demonstrations annually, benefitting over 267,000 stakeholders across Bihar, thus supporting SDG 2 by promoting inclusive and sustainable agricultural development. In addition to his fieldwork, Dr. Meena has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills in managing multidisciplinary research teams comprising over 60 project staff and 250 researchers. He has effectively coordinated with various national and international institutions, including IRRI, CIP, ICAR-RCER, RPCAU, and KVKs, fostering collaborative partnerships for agricultural innovation, thereby contributing to SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals).
Dr. Meena's academic background in Soil Science and Cropping System Management, coupled with his extensive research experience, has equipped him with a profound understanding of cropping systems. His expertise in input optimization, quantitative cropping systems analysis, and soil health management has significantly contributed to improving livelihoods in South Asia, thus supporting SDG 1 (No Poverty) and SDG 2.
Furthermore, Dr. Meena has been recognized for his scientific excellence, receiving prestigious awards such as the INSA Young Scientist Award and the IASWC Budding Scientist Award, which further highlights his contributions towards achieving the SDGs. In summary, Dr. Vijay Singh Meena's outstanding achievements, leadership abilities, and commitment to agricultural innovation directly contribute to advancing the SDGs, particularly SDG 2 (Zero Hunger) and SDG 13 (Climate Action), and make him a valuable asset in promoting climate-resilient agriculture and sustainable food systems.

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    • Dr. Vijay Singh Meena

      Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)-Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI)

      Reflecting on the intervention/measure discussed above, it's evident that the journey towards transforming agrifood systems for sustainability, inclusivity, and resilience is multifaceted, challenging, yet immensely promising. At its core lies a profound commitment to fostering positive change, empowering communities, and advancing the global agenda for sustainable development. Here, I delve into personal reflections on the key messages and takeaways gleaned from this intervention, interwoven with relevant Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

      Inclusivity emerges as a foundational principle, underpinned by the imperative to prioritize marginalized communities' needs and voices. This resonates deeply with SDG 1 (No Poverty), SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), and SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities), embodying a commitment to leave no one behind in the pursuit of sustainable development. By ensuring equitable access to resources, opportunities, and decision-making processes, we lay the groundwork for a more just and inclusive agrifood system.

      Sustainability emerges as a guiding ethos, necessitating a holistic approach that transcends narrow economic interests and embraces the interconnectedness of environmental, social, and economic dimensions. This aligns closely with SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) and SDG 13 (Climate Action), emphasizing the imperative to adopt regenerative agricultural practices, mitigate climate change impacts, and safeguard natural resources for future generations.

      Empowerment emerges as a potent catalyst for change, embodied in efforts to build farmers' capacities, elevate their agency, and foster participatory approaches to decision-making. This mirrors the spirit of SDG 5 (Gender Equality), SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), and SDG 16 (Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions), emphasizing the transformative potential of empowering women, enhancing livelihoods, and promoting inclusive governance in agrifood systems.

      Collaboration emerges as a linchpin for success, underscoring the importance of forging partnerships among diverse stakeholders to leverage collective expertise, resources, and networks. This echoes the essence of SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals), emphasizing the power of collaboration in mobilizing global action, fostering knowledge exchange, and catalyzing transformative change in agrifood systems.

      Adaptation emerges as an imperative, necessitating a nimble, iterative approach to address evolving challenges and opportunities in agrifood systems. This reflects the ethos of resilience embedded within SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure) and SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), highlighting the importance of innovation, technology transfer, and adaptive management practices in building resilient food systems.

      Accountability emerges as a cornerstone of effective governance, epitomized by robust monitoring and evaluation mechanisms that track progress, measure impact, and ensure transparency and accountability. This echoes the ethos of SDG 16 (Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions), emphasizing the importance of accountable institutions, rule of law, and transparent governance in advancing sustainable development goals.

      In essence, the intervention/measure serves as a poignant reminder of the transformative potential inherent within agrifood systems to drive positive change, promote human well-being, and safeguard planetary health. As we navigate the complexities and uncertainties of the 21st century, let us heed these key messages and takeaways, forging a collective path towards a more sustainable, inclusive, and resilient future for all.