India and the United States have joined hands to provide extension training to agricultural professionals in three African countries of Liberia, Kenya and Malawi.

Latest techniques

National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management and US Agency for International Development will equip 180 professionals from these countries in the next two years with latest techniques and tools in improving productivity, public private partnerships, strengthening agricultural value chains and market institutions.

Addressing 30 participants from the three countries here on Wednesday, Jonathan Shrier, Special Representative for Global Food Security in the US Department of State, said the developing countries were home to 87 crore hungry people despite the progress made since the Green Revolution.

Major challenges

Climate change, shrinking natural resources, a decline in per capita cultivable land and rising demands for food were major challenges the world faced now.

“We need game-changing innovative solutions to address these challenges,” he said.

India, which emerged as a hub for low-cost, effective local innovations can help address these issues around the world, he added

kurmanath.kanchi@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on January 16, 2013)
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