Regional Training Program on “Proven Production Technology, Value Chain Development and Nutrition Security through Pulses in South Asia” was jointly organized by SAARC Agriculture Centre (SAC), International Crops Research Institute for the Semi- Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), and International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)-South Asia office, New Delhi, India during 12th – 15th September, 2018 in ICRISAT, Hyderabad, India. The training program was inaugurated by Dr. Peter Carberry, Director General, ICRISAT, Hyderabad, India. It was conducted with the following objectives:
- To develop inventory of proven production technologies and effective pulses based cropping systems in SAARC countries.
- To facilitate knowledge sharing on improved pulse production technologies and inclusive and efficient value chains for food and nutrition security in SAARC countries.
- To develop modules on “Training of Trainer (ToT)” and facilitate exposure visits of key stakeholders for improved pulse production technologies of value chains in ICRISAT, Hyderabad.
- To learn from best practices for way forward through pro-smallholder policies and institutional arrangements to improve pulse value chain development in South Asia.
Thirteen researchers, extension officers and young scientists from ICRISAT and SAARC Member States (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka) participated in the training. During the four days training program, a wide range of subjects related to the pulse production technologies, management practices, value chain development and trade related issues were covered by the expert resource persons. Participants were got chance to visit the advanced in-house as well as field research activities conducted by ICRISAT scientists. Apart from the training and class room teachings, the delegates also got the opportunity to visit Kothapally watershed sites. Dr. Pooran Gaur, Research Program Director – Asia International Crops Research Institute for the Semi- Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Hyderabad coordinated the program on behalf of ICRISAT, Hyderabad. Whereas, Dr. Pradyumna Raj Pandey, Senior Program Specialist (Crops), SAARC Agriculture Centre (SAC) coordinated the program from SAC.