The scientific and technological inputs have been major drivers of growth and development in agriculture and allied sectors that have enabled us to achieve self reliant food security with a reasonable degree of resilience even in times of natural calamities, in recent years. In the present times, agricultural development is faced with several challenges relating to state of natural resources, climate change, fragmentation and diversion of agricultural land to nonagricultural uses, factor productivity, global trade and IPR regime. Some of these developments are taking place at much faster pace than ever before.

In order to address these changes impacting agriculture and to remain globally competent, it is essential that our R&D institutions are able to foresee the challenges and formulate prioritized research programmes so that our agriculture is not constrained for want of technological interventions. It is a pleasure to see that ICAR-Central Institute for Women in Agriculture (CIWA), Bhubaneswar, a constituent institution of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), has prepared Vision-2050 document. The document embodies a pragmatic assessment of the agricultural production and food demand scenario by the year 2050. Taking due cognizance of the rapidly evolving national and international agriculture, the institute, has drawn up its Strategic Framework, clearly identifying Goals and Approach.

I wish CIWA all success in realization of the Vision-2050.

Radha Mohan Singh