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US, India launch 2nd joint agriculture training program

Since Green Revolution, India has made considerable progress in increasing its agricultural production

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Jul 26 2016 4:16PM | Updated Date: Jul 26 2016 4:16PM

US, India launch 2nd joint agriculture training program

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and India's Agriculture Ministry on together launched the second phase of the ‘Feed the Future India Triangular Training Programme’.

 

The programme is to bring specialized agriculture training to 1,500 agricultural professionals across Africa and Asia. US Ambassador Richard R Verma and India's Agriculture Secretary SK Pattanayak launched the program together at the National Agriculture Science Complex.

 

"The programme builds upon five decades of joint work utilizing science and technology to bring innovative solutions to the challenges facing farmers," an official release said.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Verma said, "Since the Green Revolution, India has made considerable progress in increasing its agricultural production, becoming one of the world's largest producers of staple crops, fruits, horticulture, and dairy products.

 

This increase has improved India's food and nutritional security, and has helped reduce malnutrition rates of children three years and younger from 40 percent to 29 percent over the last 10 years.

 

The first phase trained more than 200 professionals from Kenya, Liberia and Malawi.