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Fifteen partners of the Program of Accompanying Research for Agricultural Innovation (PARI), embarked on a study tour to India from the 22nd to 29th of October 2017. The visit was part of the activities outlined at the 2016 Annual Research and Planning Meeting of PARI in Nairobi; with the objective to enable African researchers in the agriculture field to connect to key stakeholders in India, facilitate inter-continental learning on issues of mutual interest to Africa and India, and identify and possibly initiate joint research activities between the African and Indian partners. Participants during the visit included representatives from the lead organizations in the 12 African partner countries, FARA and ZEF.

Participants at the Jain Irrigation Services headquarters in Jalgaon

The entire delegation was led by Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo, the Executive Director of FARA and the study visit coordinated by Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), under the leadership of Professor Ashok Gulati.

Participants’ visitation to the Indian National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD); Jain Irrigation Systems Limited (JAINS), the second largest Micro-Irrigation company in the world in Jalgaon; the Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions (SRISTI); National Innovation Foundation (NIF) in Grambharti and the Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Limited in Ahmedabad were among the activities carried out.

Inspecting rice Innovation Platform in Karnal, Haryana

It is expected that the lessons learnt from the experiences of these organizations will be put to practice as Africa strives to navigate the delivery of the gains from the looming agricultural revolution on the continent.

Inspecting plant propagation facilities of Jain Irrigation Services

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Article originally published by FARA here.