Visit of African Delegates to ICAR-DRWA  

A team of 32 delegates representing different Ministries and Departments as well as the private sector and Non-governmental organizations of Kenya and Malawi came to the ICAR- Directorate of Research on Women in Agriculture (ICAR-DRWA) for an exposure visit on 23rd September, 2014. Belonging to diverse areas of agriculture such as crop science, animal husbandry, fisheries, nutrition and food security, these delegates were interested in the R&D activities being undertaken by the Directorate for various stakeholders. The visit was organized as a part of the US-INDIA-AFRICA Triangular International Training Programme on 'New Dimensions in Agricultural Extension Management' for the extension functionaries of Kenya and Malawi, being conducted by National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE), Hyderabad.
During the visit, an Interactive Session was arranged to exchange ideas and knowledge between the scientists of DRWA and the delegates. Dr. Neelam Grewal, Director, DRWA made a brief presentation about the broad research and extension activities carried out with the gender perspective by the Directorate and the All-India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) on Home Science. This was followed by a prolonged question-answer session on certain gender issues in agriculture prevailing in their respective countries. The trainees were particularly appreciative with the hands on approach and working strategies of DRWA and expressed their desire for future collaboration on gender issues in agriculture. They also visited the experimental units that showcased various models for increasing production and farm income, drudgery reduction, livelihood and nutrition security.
Earlier Dr. V.P. Sharma, Director, Information Technology, Documentation and Publication, MANANGE, Hyderabad and the leader of the delegation, gave a brief introduction about the international training programme and its broad objectives.

GKS