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IRRI Advancing the Goal of Cross-Border NARES Knowledge Exchange

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06 October 2022, New Delhi: The week of 26th to 30th September 2022 will be marked in IRRI’s calendar as the inception of a robust capacity-building cum knowledge exchange initiative that merges country-specific boundaries. Hosted at IRRI South Asia Regional Centre, Varanasi, India; IRRI Rice Breeding Innovation and IRRI Education collaborated to organize an intensive one-week training cum capacity-building program for National Agriculture Research and Extension Systems (NARES) scientists and officials from the neighbouring country, Nepal.

The program was inaugurated by Director ISARC, Dr. Sudhanshu Singh; Regional Breeding Lead, Dr. Vikas Kumar Singh; IRRI Nepal Country Representative, Dr. Krishna Dev Joshi; IRRI Education Lead, Mr. Gopesh Tiwari with a detailed technical facilitation for the sessions by Dr. Kuntal Das, Senior Specialist, Seed Systems.

The week-long program included several modules and sessions in hybrid mode. Including multiple classroom sessions, and multiple technologies around resource efficiency and climate responsiveness.

NARES stakeholders from Nepal are taken to the on-site trials/demonstrations in the fields of Indian National partners for cross-learning, and knowledge exchange through interaction.

“As a major commitment to play a catalytic role to strengthen cross-border NARES capacity building, the program designed and delivered at ISARC for Nepal NARES is a step change”, said Dr. Swati Nayak, Scientist and South Asia Lead, Seed System and Product Management and the lead Technical Coordinator for the program

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