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Krushi Odisha 2024 Showcases Mettle of Women Farmers to Drive Investment

Panelists at the pre-inaugural session led by the Gender and Nutrition Cluster of ICRISAT

Bhubaneswar, January 15: The three-day Krushi Odisha 2024 conclave organized by the Government of Odisha with the theme 'Celebrating Women in Agriculture' inaugurated by the Honorable Chief Minister of the State Naveen Patnaik at Janta Maidan on 12 January, concluded yesterday. More than 70% of the participants were women farmers and the lead women farmers were recognized and felicitated at the event.

The pre-inaugural session 'Gender-responsive and Nutri-sensitive Food Systems – Delivering Nutrition and Health for All' was led by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in partnership with the Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT).

Commending the Government of Odisha on the initiative, the Director General of ICRISAT, Dr Jacqueline Hughes, underscored the organization’s commitment to inclusive growth, noting that the empowerment of women in agriculture fosters positive change towards healthier food systems and a sustainable future. 

"As we celebrate the achievements of women in agriculture, it is crucial to integrate their perspectives into research and policy. ICRISAT is committed to promoting gender-responsive solutions that ensure a sustainable and resilient agricultural future for all," Dr Hughes shared.