BISA’s 7th Executive Committee Meeting was held on September 30, 2015 at New Delhi. The meeting was attended by the new DG of CIMMYT, Dr Martin Kropff; former DG of CIMMYT, Dr Thomas A Lumpkin; Board Chair, CIMMYT, Dr John Snape; DG of ICAR, Dr S. Ayyappan; DG of BISA, Dr H S Gupta; Wheat expert Dr Indu Sharma and DDG of CIMMYT Dr Marianne Banziger. Apart from updates on the research accomplishments; infrastructure development; administrative issues, detailed discussion were held on BISA’s business plan and strategy for fund generation.
The project was launched on August 10, 2015 and the launching ceremony was attended by over 3000 stakeholders, ranging from academicians to farmers. The gathering was addressed by the Hon’ble Agriculture Minister Shri Radha Mohan Singh; Shri Ram Kripal Yadav, Minister of State for Drinking Water and Sanitation; Dr S Ayyappan, Secretary DARE and DG, ICAR; Dr Martin Kropp, GM, ADM Institute, India; Dr R K Mittal, Vice Chancellor, Rajendra Agriculture University; Dr K. Alagsudaram; Dr Robert Easter, President Emeritus University of Illinois, USA; Dr Narender Ahuja, Director, ITRA; Dr Prasanta K Kalita, Director, ADM Institute, University of Illinois and Dr H S Gupta, DG BISA. It was highlighted that annually 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted globally. In India about 10% of the food produced is loss of which 6% is due to inadequate storage facilities. University of Illinois with considerable experience in the post-harvest management has joined hands with renowned Indian institutes to develop technologies suitable for the region and build capacities of the farmers. The project will aim at two major cereal crops, namely rice and maize. The losses will be quantified for various stages of supply chain followed by identification of suitable grain processing techniques; quality evaluation and market penetration to establish supply chain paths to enhance food quality and reduce losses.
On June 25, 2015, Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA) and The International Center for Research Agroforestry (ICRAF) signed an Memorandum of Understanding.
ICRAF is a leading international science based research and development institution in the tropics. The center responds to livelihood and environmental challenges through tree based systems in agricultural landscapes.
As ICRAF and BISA have common vision of a sustainable future and complementary missions, they wish to initiate effective cooperative relationships that will have positive impacts on small holder farmers, and recognize the value of strengthened institutional and program collaboration in this area and work towards achieving common goals of addressing poverty hunger, malnutrition, ecosystem management and climate change through testing and promotion of cop based agroforestry systems in South Asia.