A significant event, the G20 Meeting of Agricultural Chief Scientists (MACS), is scheduled to take place in Varanasi from 17 to 19 April. The meeting’s theme is Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems for Healthy People and Planet, which aligns with India’s G20 presidency theme of “One Earth, One Family, One Future.”
Significance of this event:
During the MACS, experts will discuss various topics such as food and nutrition security, resilience to climate change, One Health approaches, digital agriculture, and public-private partnerships for research, education, and extension.
About The MAHARISHI Initiative:
Additionally, the meeting will feature the MAHARISHI Initiative, which stands for Millets And OtHer Ancient Grains International ReSearcH Initiative. This initiative aims to promote research and awareness about agro-biodiversity, food security, and nutrition in line with the International Year of Millets 2023.
12th MACS meeting: the four priority areas:
The upcoming 12th MACS meeting will place particular emphasis on four priority areas. These areas are Food Security and Nutrition, which will explore the role of cutting-edge science and technology in addressing these issues. Another priority is Building Resilience and Sustainable Agriculture through Approaches such as climate resilient agriculture and One Health, which involves taking a holistic approach to human, animal, and environmental health.
Digitalization for Agricultural Transformation is another important area of focus, examining how technology can be leveraged to improve and streamline agricultural processes. Finally, Public-Private Partnerships for Research and Development will be discussed, as the meeting will explore how collaboration between different stakeholders can drive innovation and progress in the agricultural sector.
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