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Scientific solutions to poverty and hunger

Scientific solutions to poverty and hunger
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Scientific solutions to poverty and hunger, Former New Zealand Prime Minister James Bolger, who has been nominated as the goodwill ambassador of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), has affirmed his support for science-based solutions to poverty and hunger.

Former New Zealand Prime Minister James Bolger, who has been nominated as the goodwill ambassador of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), has affirmed his support for science-based solutions to poverty and hunger.
William Dar, director general of ICRISAT, presented a special plaque to Bolger during a meeting in Wellington, New Zealand. The global research institute is headquartered at Patancheru.

Former New Zealand Prime Minister James Bolger is now a goodwill ambassador to ICRISAT


"The world would have to feed 10 billion people by 2050. Today, a billion people are hungry and about 3 billion are not eating well. To overcome poverty, hunger and malnutrition, science is an essential component that must be behind all our efforts," said Bolger, who is also chair of the World Agricultural Forum (WAF) Advisory Board.

William Dar (right) presenting a special plaque to James Bolger (left)


"ICRISAT plays an important role in this, particularly in the drylands that are resource-poor, marginal environments of the world. I am pleased and proud to be an ambassador of goodwill for the work of ICRISAT," said the former New Zealand Prime Minister.


Bolger had agreed to become an ICRISAT ambassador during the WAF Congress held in Hyderabad last year. "We cannot be any prouder of all our Ambassadors of Goodwill, who have agreed to work closely with us and serve as our voices, in order to make a difference for the poor farmers throughout Asia and Africa," said William Dar.


The ICRISAT ambassadors of goodwill include Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation co-chair Bill Gates, renowned Indian scientist and former president APJ Abdul Kalam, father of India's green revolution MS Swaminathan, India's top woman shuttler Saina Nehwal and Nigeria's agriculture minister Akinwumi Adesina.

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