By M.L. Jat, Tripti Agarwal and Promil Kapoor /CIMMYT
Asia can benefit from site-specific conservation agriculture solutions to face challenges such as diverse ecologies, soils, production systems and an expected 30- to 50-percent hike in food demand by 2020. To train young scientists on conservation agriculture-based crop management technologies and encourage wider adoption of these practices in Asia, CIMMYT and the Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA) held the fourth “Advanced Course on Conservation Agriculture: Asia” from 17 to 31 October at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), the BISA location in Ludhiana.
The course was organized in collaboration with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and PAU, with support from the CGIAR research programs on WHEAT, MAIZE and Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). Fifteen researchers from the national agricultural research systems and international agricultural research centers in Afghanistan, India and Iran attended.