The two-day World Sustainable Agriculture Congress got under way in Singapore on Wednesday.

The conference is designed to bring together the global corporate sector involved in the food value chain, including agribusiness, academics, and policymakers to discuss the solutions needed to achieve sustainable agriculture for future food security, according to the organisers.

Among the speakers, some have India as their research and working base. Mr Partha R. Das Gupta, Principal Advisor, Agronomy, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture of India, has been working in the country for a long time.

Since 2005, he has been running a number of projects aimed at strengthening the livelihood security of small farmers through the transfer of appropriate technologies. Several of the models and approaches first tried out with the projects in India were later adopted by other Syngenta Foundation projects in Africa and Asia. He is active in agricultural research and extension to ago-biotech regulatory policy, biodiversity and IPR.

Dr Etienne Duveiller, currently the Principal Scientist at CIMMYT of Mexico, is scheduled to return to India later this year in order to lead the research activities at the newly established Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA).

Mr Gaurav Sood, Head of Crop Solutions at New Holland Fiat India, is an agricultural engineer from the Punjab Agricultural University. He worked for the mechanisation of Indian agriculture and dairy farms. He also worked for introducing combine harvesting technology in the country for several crops.

The other speakers include Mr Bruce Blakeman of Cargill, Mr Harvey L. Glick of Monsanto, Mr Puvan Jegeraj Selvanathan, Special Advisor, United Nations Global Compact on Food & Sustainable Agriculture, Malaysia and Mr Rukshan Gunatilaka of British American Tobacco.

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(This article was published on July 11, 2012)
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