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"Agriculture is the backbone of the Indian Economy"
- Mahatma Gandhi
Agriculture is the principal source of livelihood for more than 58% of the population of this country. Hence, it is essential to focus on innovations in agricultural technology for the development of this sector.
With focus on introducing modern scientific methods in a major way to improve agriculture, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) launched the National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP). The ambitious agricultural research programme was launched with financial assistance from the World Bank.
The objective of NAIP is to facilitate an accelerated and sustainable transformation of the Indian agriculture, so that it can support poverty alleviation and income generation through collaborative development and application of agricultural innovations by the public organizations in partnership with farmers, the private sector and other stakeholders.
The Project focuses on the following four components:
The Management of change in the Indian National Agricultural Research System
Research on Production to Consumption Systems
Research on Sustainable Rural Livelihood Security
Basic and Strategic Research in Frontier Areas of Agricultural Sciences
Capacity building and strengthening of partnerships are major elements in all the Components of the NAIP. Capacity building applies to individual farmers, farmers’ groups/ organizations, and agrarian institutions and businesses, which support them. Partnerships imply collaborations among public sector institutions, farmers’ organizations, self-help groups, NGOs and the private sector.