The Crop and Weed Science Society (CWSS) has conferred CWSS Gold Medals to Dr. Sudhanshu Singh, Director-IRRI South Asia Regional Centre, Varanasi (ISARC), and Dr. Virender Kumar, Deputy Head-Sustainable Impact Department, IRRI in the sixth international conference on “agricultural innovations for sustainable development goals with special focus on natural farming” for their outstanding contributions in the field of crop and weed science.
Both Dr. Sudhanshu Singh and Dr. Virender Kumar were invited as Guests of Honor at the conference. In the plenary session, Dr. Singh delivered his talk on “Transforming sustainable rice-based agri-food systems: recent innovations and interventions”, wherein he urged for a paradigm shift with concerted research and extension efforts, collaborations, networks, and partnerships for transforming agriculture and food systems in a world challenged by climate change.
Delivering his plenary note on the conference's second day, Dr. Kumar put forward his points on “sustainable rice production for improving food and nutrition security, environmental sustainability, and smallholders’ income”. He highlighted new innovations, best possible interventions, and effective strategies for bringing resilience and sustainability in the agri-food systems with a view to secure healthy, safe, and nutritious food for all. Both the sessions were highly appreciated by the audiences with a couple of questions and answers related to recent developments in rice science.
The conference was organized by the CWSS at Farmers’ Academy and Convention Centre, Lake Hall, Kalyani, West Bengal, India during 30 September - 02 October 2023, where more than 500 delegates including research and extension professionals, scientists, students, farmers, and other stakeholders from Bangladesh, India, Philippines, USA, and Sri Lanka.
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