Heartiest Congratulations to Dr. Swati Nayak from Agribusiness Education and Research International (AERI) for Receiving the Borlaug Field Award 2023.
Agribusiness Education and Research International (AERI) acknowledges her dynamic leadership and believes that IRRI’s head-to-head trial and quality seed production training brought a new era to the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh. IRRI made a significant investment in the future of the Chittagong Hill Tracts through the provision of high-quality training in rice seed production. By supplying farmers with the information and expertise they require to generate high-quality rice seeds, IRRI contributed to an improvement in the region’s yields, profits, food security, income generation, sustainable agriculture, and community development.
Dr. Swati Nayak, a distinguished scientist at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), has been recognized for her outstanding contributions to the field of agriculture. Known for her pivotal role in steering the field trials and adoption of resilient and nutritious rice varieties, Dr. Nayak has been awarded the prestigious 2023 Borlaug Field Award by the prestigious jury of the World Food Prize, an honor endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation. The Borlaug Field Award, named in tribute to the renowned agricultural scientist and Nobel laureate Dr. Norman Borlaug is presented annually to individuals under the age of 40 for exceptional contributions to scientific work that significantly enhance global food production and combat hunger and malnutrition.
Dr. Nayak’s successful career, which has lasted more than 13 years, has been distinguished by outstanding accomplishments, unshakable determination, and a deep dedication to closing the gap between scientific knowledge and useful applications. Dr. Nayak has held leadership positions within both the CGIAR initiative SeedEqual and the South Asia Lead for Seed Systems groups at IRRI. She currently serves as the South Asia Lead for Seed Systems.
Throughout her ten-year tenure with IRRI, Dr. Nayak has worked with Bangladesh stakeholders. She is known as an influential change agent and devoted, enthusiastic agricultural researcher. The work of Dr. Nayak as a scientist for Bangladeshi seed systems has had a big impact on food and agricultural productivity. Millions of smallholders and female farmers in Bangladesh have benefited greatly from her creative extension techniques and thorough stakeholder participation. She has experience running 1,000 on-farm varietal tests, organizing more than 20 participatory varietal review platforms, and assisting in the incubation of numerous women-led alternative seed businesses across the nation. She has developed a number of crucial alliances with different NARES in Bangladesh.
Dr. Nayak also plays a significant role in the worldwide seed policy agreement known as “Seeds Without Borders,” which facilitates the rapid dissemination of contemporary rice varieties throughout South and Southeast Asia. Her work has crossed international borders and helped farmers all throughout the region receive scientific advancements.
Dr. Nayak actively involves female participants in her participatory research projects as part of her campaign for gender inclusion in agricultural research. Numerous women-led seed businesses have been established as a result of her work, enhancing women’s access to decision-making power, productivity, and income in the agricultural sector.
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The Chittagong Hill Tracts are still a net importer of food, although the importance of rice cultivation to the local economy is growing. Rice output in the CHT has the potential to rise more in the future with ongoing government investment and improved agricultural techniques. The Chittagong Hill Tracts have substantial obstacles to the cultivation of rice, yet there are also prospects for development. Rice production in the CHT has the potential to contribute significantly to the local economy in the years to come with ongoing investment and improved farming methods. Improved agricultural techniques have been implemented by farmers, including the use of fertilizer and high-yielding rice cultivars. Due to population expansion and economic development, there is a greater need for rice in the CHT. Bangladesh’s main meal is rice, and one of the nation’s main rice-producing regions is the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT). The CHT’s hilly topography is also vulnerable to soil erosion, which can harm rice farms. The CHT has recently seen an increase in rice production despite these obstacles. IRRI has been working to raise awareness of the importance of women’s participation in rice production. Radical changes in rice production in ethnic minority Chittagong hill tract areas under IRRI’s supervision under the leadership of Dr. Swati Nayak.
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