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Krushi Odisha 2024 Showcases Mettle of Women Farmers to Drive Investment

Krushi Odisha 2024 Showcases Mettle of Women Farmers to Drive Investment

Media Release

Bhubaneswar, January 15: The three-day Krushi Odisha 2024 conclave organized by the Government of Odisha with the theme 'Celebrating Women in Agriculture' inaugurated by the Honorable Chief Minister of the State Naveen Patnaik at Janta Maidan on 12 January, concluded yesterday. More than 70% of the participants were women farmers and the lead women farmers were recognized and felicitated at the event.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, in his inaugural speech, acknowledged the contribution of international experts and scientists from the CGIAR in improving agriculture in the State of Odisha.
Celebrating women in agriculture from officers, extension workers, and farmers.
Celebrating women in agriculture from officers, extension workers, and farmers.

The pre-inaugural session 'Gender-responsive and Nutri-sensitive Food Systems – Delivering Nutrition and Health for All' was led by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in partnership with the Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT).

Commending the Government of Odisha on the initiative, the Director General of ICRISAT, Dr Jacqueline Hughes, underscored the organization’s commitment to inclusive growth, noting that the empowerment of women in agriculture fosters positive change towards healthier food systems and a sustainable future. 

"As we celebrate the achievements of women in agriculture, it is crucial to integrate their perspectives into research and policy. ICRISAT is committed to promoting gender-responsive solutions that ensure a sustainable and resilient agricultural future for all," Dr Hughes shared.

Session on 'Gender-responsive and Nutri-sensitive Food Systems

Panelists at the pre-inaugural session led by the Gender and Nutrition Cluster of ICRISAT.
Panelists at the pre-inaugural session led by the Gender and Nutrition Cluster of ICRISAT.

The session led by Principal Scientist Dr Padmaja Ravula emphasized the substantial contributions of the ICRISAT-Government of Odisha partnership in promoting social inclusiveness, paving the way for economic and nutrition gains for women farmers.

The session was chaired by Honorable Professor Pravat Kumar Roul, the Vice-Chancellor of OUAT, and co-chaired by Dr Sean Mayes, Global Research Program Director for Accelerated Crop Improvement at ICRISAT.

"Women in agriculture are not just contributors; they are leaders, innovators, and stewards of the land. It's time to recognize and amplify their role in shaping the future of farming," said Prof Pravat Kumar Roul.
“We need to work hand-in-hand with female farmers who are critical in shaping the diets of the family – empowering women farmers not only empowers current families but safeguards future families through improved health and nutrition in children, said Dr Sean Mayes.

Farmer Rajeshwari Majhi, who trained at ICRISAT, spoke about the ‘varietal cafeteria’ she set up, showcasing new groundnut varieties in Rayagada district.

The session covered topics such as Nutrition-sensitive agriculture in Odisha, Insights from a gender and nutrition lens on the Odisha Millets Mission, Women’s participation in agriculture in Odisha energy expenditure, time use and nutrition implications, Nutritious diet for healthy pregnancy, and Women’s empowerment in nutrition.

These above topics were presented by the panelists Dr Rakesh Shrivastava - Principal Scientist ICRISAT, Prof Srijit Mishra - Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Prof. Chittur Srinivasan, University of Reading - UK, Prof. Vijaya Kancherla - Health Epidemiologist (USA) and Dr R Padmaja, respectively.

An interactive session draws responses from the audience.
An interactive session draws responses from the audience.

An energetic, interactive session with women farmers led by Ms Kavita Kasala, Associate Manager and Community Nutrition Scientist, elicited women's responses for shaping the agenda for future gender-responsive research.

Mr. Sabya Ranjan Mohapatra, Assistant Agricultural Office (Seeds), Government of Odisha, introduced the award-winning women farmers, who were felicitated at the event.

The three-day Krushi Odisha 2024 event saw the active participation of ICRISAT staff as panelists at various other sessions on topics ranging from Digital Agriculture to Socio-Economic Development of Women through Seed Production. The ICRISAT stall had on display diverse millet varieties and products prepared by women from the Millet Shakti Processing unit.

Dr Pramil Kumar Swain, Director IMAGE Bhubhaneshwar, and other senior officials of Odisha's Department of Agriculture and Farmer Empowerment visited the ICRISAT stall.

Watch the inspirational video 'She Does It!' presented at the conference.

 

Click here for the gender session recorded telecast.

This work aligns with SDG 5.
This work aligns with SDG 5.

 

About The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics

The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is a pioneering International Organization committed to developing and improving dryland farming and agri-food systems to address the challenges of hunger, malnutrition, poverty, and environmental degradation affecting the 2.1 billion people residing in the drylands of Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and beyond.

ICRISAT was established under a Memorandum of Agreement between the Government of India and the CGIAR on the 28 March 1972. In accordance with the Headquarters Agreement, the Government of India has extended the status of a specified “International Organisation” to ICRISAT under section 3 of the United Nations (Privileges and Immunities) Act, 1947 of the Republic of India through Extraordinary Gazette Notification No. UI/222(66)/71, dated 28 October 1972, issued by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.

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