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Climate smart agriculture partnerships

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Western Sydney University has signed agreements with seven State agriculture universities in India as part of an initiative to boost research in climate smart farming systems in the two countries.

The agreements are part of the agricultural education, research and extension system headed by the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) – the largest network of agricultural research and education institutes in the world.

“We now have 23 partnership agreements between State and Central Agricultural Universities and Western Sydney University which enables research and capacity-building at scale. In addition to Dual Masters and PhDs with scholarships, the partnerships are leading research in climate smart farming systems in India and Australia,” said Dr Rakesh Chandra Agrawal, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Education), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).

“This marks an important expansion of our AUD $15 million scholarship commitment to Indian State and Central Agricultural Universities and other partners. Fifty PhD scholarships will help to scale up climate smart agriculture research to boost yields for farmers and strengthen food security in India,” said Professor Barney Glover AO, Vice-Chancellor and President at Western Sydney University.

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