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Feeding the Forgotten Poor: Perspectives of an Agriculturist
William Dollente Dar with Arun Tiwari
Price : ₹ 475.00  
ISBN : 9788125045588
Language : English
Pages : 144
Binding : Paperback
Book Size : 140 x 216 mm
Year : 2012
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Territorial Rights : World
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About the Book

Boosting food security and ensuring the small cultivator’s proper access to and a fair deal in the market have been the key areas of William Dar’s work as scientist, policymaker and administrator. The author, “a farmer’s son”, says he chose to read agronomy at university because “the science that explains the sprouting of seeds and growing of crops … was almost hard-wired in me”.

Feeding the Forgotten Poor is an autobiography in which personal reminiscences serve as a vehicle for voicing concern for the disprivileged. It takes up large issues and draws attention to “orphan crops” and “hidden hunger”. Noting that more than one billion of the world’s seven billion people go hungry or are malnourished, the book critically examines the political, economic and environmental issues to which contemporary agriculture is closely tied—tariffs and farm subsidies, water pollution, biofuels, the prospects and problems of genetically modified organisms, the growing backlash against mechanised agriculture and increasing support for sustainable practices.

Envisioning the scenario in the year 2050, when the global population is projected to cross the nine million mark, Dar draws the important general conclusion that viable solutions are not just about technology and science—they require a change in mindsets, sound policy and adroit handling of institutions.

Table of Contents

Map of The Philippines

1. Soil and Roots
The dawn
I stand by
Meanwhile, a revolution
City of the pines
The right choice
My country, my people
Breaking through
Finding my dream
A larger stage
Science with a human face

2. Stems, Leaves and Fruits
Food security for the forgotten poor
Diversity is strength
Homogenize, or adapt?
Hidden hunger
Plastic peas
At the desert’s edge
Food, fodder, feed, fiber, fuel
Borlaug’s fire
Rope, or snake?

3. Skin of the Earth
Planet under pressure
Regaining our footing
Mixing it up
Hammer on anvil
Quenching our thirst
Enemies of our enemies
A climate of uncertainty

4. Innovate, Grow, Prosper
Strategic science
Dynamic development
Epilogue: a future to believe in


Contributors (Author(s), Editor(s), Translator(s), Illustrator(s) etc.)

William Dollente Dar is the first Asian and Filipino Director General of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT).

Arun Tiwari is the CEO of Indo-US Healthcare Pvt. Ltd., and also teaches in the School of Management Sciences at the University of Hyderabad.