Female farmers capable to lead agricultural transformation
Banking on the capability of women to to drive widespread adoption of innovations and technologies across India, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is now training women farmer leaders on advanced rice production.
Together with the Department of Biotechnology of India’s Ministry of Science and Technology, IRRI conducted a week-long advanced training on rice production and on food security for women in certain areas in India.
“The training program which we have developed is designed for women farmers all over India. It is being rolled out in different phases which exposes the participants to both locally-appropriate solutions and best management practices from different parts of the world”, said Poornima Ravi Shankar, the overall coordinator for the training series.
“They were able to interact and discuss with IRRI’s global experts on mechanization, agronomic management, and communication technologies for knowledge access and decision support, sustainable women entrepreneurship in rice farming, and financial planning and management”, she added.
Earlier this year, an eight-day basic rice production course was also held at Bhubaneswar, Odisha to expose participants to the technologies and basic best management practices in rice, available locally pan India, and build their capacities with innovative solutions and leading technologies to boost their rice production efficiency at the grassroots level.