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BHU, Cornell varsity come together to fight hunger
Times of India
, April 2, 2011
With the launch of Agricultural Innovation Partnership (AIP), a joint Indo-US project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to increase agricultural productivity and strengthen food security in the region, the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) became the first major partner with cornell University of the US on Thursday.

While the launch of the AIP at BHU marked the beginning of the first-ever Indo-US partnership aimed at reducing global hunger at university level in the country, it also marked the start of global partnership, launched under Feed the Future (FTF), US Government’s global hunger and food security initiative in South Asian region.
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Indo-US move to boost farm
Hindustan Times, April 2, 2011
AIP nodal centre will be at BHU. Other land grant universities from US, forming part of AIP include University of Illinois, Ohio State University, University of Georgia, Tuskegee University and University of California.

Robbins said, “The partnership is aimed at transfer of most appropriate and affordable farming technologies (spanning from seed to post harvest and food marketing) to the Indian farmer, particularly innovative technologies, specific to needs of farmers with small land holdings, which characterizes agriculture in Indo-Gangetic plains.
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USAID to provide aid for food security
Hindustan Times
, April 2, 2011
With an aim to strengthen food security in South Asia, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is going to launch an �?Agricultural Innovation Partnership’ at BHU on February 3. Officials of USAID, a government agency providing economic and humanitarian assistance worldwide, along with scientists from Cornell University and its consortium partners and officials from BHU, particularly faculty of Agricultural Sciences would attend the event.
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University of Illinois Partner in $9.6M Grant to Bolster Food Security in India
University of Illinois
, US Mar 9, 2011
Could you live on $1.25 per day? In parts of India – specifically the less developed states of the Indo-Gangetic Plains – living on less than $1.25 per day per capita is a harsh reality. They face problems of hunger, poverty, and child malnutrition.

According to the US Agency for International Development (USAID), agricultural development is a proven engine of growth that reduces global hunger and poverty. That is why Cornell University – in partnership with University of Illinois College of Agriculture, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES); University of Georgia; Ohio State University; Tuskegee University; University of California- Davis; John Deere; Tata Chemicals Ltd.; and Sathguru Management Consultants – has been awarded a $9.6 million grant from USAID to undertake a five-year project to work with Banaras Hindu University (BHU) to increase agricultural production and food security in the north of India.

Agri programme to be launched at BHU today
Times of India
, March 2, 2011
An �?agricultural innovation partnership’, a programme based on latest farming education and supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will be launched at the KN Udupa auditorium, Banaras Hindu University (BHU) on Thursday.

According to the BHU spokesperson, the launching function would be attended by USAID officials, scientists from Cornell University and its consortium partners, officials from BHU, particularly the department of agricultural sciences. The event will be presided over by the BHU vice-chancellor.
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Agricultural Innovation Partnership
Pioneer, March 2, 2011
Long awaited programme supported by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) the �?Agriculture Innovation Partnership’ is being launched at BHU on February 3, 2011 at 10 am in a function at Udappa Hall. It will be followed by a press conference related with launching of the programmer at Media Centre of PPP Cell at 12 O clock to be combinedly addressed by USAID-BHU_Cornell University officials. The launch will be attended by US AID officials, scientists from Cornell University and its consortium partners, officials from BHU particularly faculty of Agricuktural Sciences.

The programme will be presided over by the Vice-Chancellor of BHU Prof DP Singh. The project �?Agricultural Innovation Partnership’ will have Cornell University and BHU as major partners and nodal centre in BHU. In administering the five-year grant, Cornell in addition to BHU will partner with five land grant universities- Illinois, Georgia, Ohio State, Tuskegee, and UC Davis- as well as John Deere, Tata Chemicals Ltd, Sathguru Management and other SAUs in India (Sardar Vallabh Bahi Patel University of Agriculture and Technology, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh and Rajendera Agriculture University, PUSA, Smastipur, Bihar) to create what will be called the �?Indo-US Consortium for Agriculture’ (IUSCA).
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Agricultural Innovation Partnership
University of Illinois, March, 2011
A consortium led by the U of I College of ACES received a $9 million grant to improve the livelihoods of rural farmers in the world’s poorest nations by modernizing and strengthening their agricultural Extension systems.

The U of I was selected as the lead institution to undertake the MEAS project, granted by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). This five-year project involves a strategic analysis of the activities and investments needed to strengthen the pluralistic Extension systems in 20 of the poorest developing countries. The objective of MEAS is to define and disseminate good practice strategies and approaches to establishing efficient, effective, and financially sustainable rural extension and advisory systems in select countries.

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Cornell University aims to bolster food security in India with $9.6M grant
, February 4, 2011
Cornell will play a lead role in a consortium of Indian and U.S. universities and agribusinesses that will work together to boost agricultural production and food security in northern India. Rural populations on the Indo-Gangetic Plain typically live on less than $1.25 a day and face hunger, poverty and child malnutrition.
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AIP to promote transfer of tech and info
Times of India, February 3, 2011
Three core areas have been identified for increasing agricultural productivity and strengthening food security in the region under the Indo-US Agricultural Innovation Partnership (AIP) launched at BHU on Thursday.

The five-year project would cost around 10 billion dollars. Talking to journalists after the launch of AIP, K Vijayaraghavan, regional coordinator, Cornell University, South Asia programme, said that primarily, the strategic partnership would promote field experience of students studying food sciences, agriculture and life sciences.
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