Science and the Conquest of Hunger

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  • Author :M.S. Swaminathan
  • Year of Publication :1983
  • ISBN: :0000000736
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: XVI, 508
  • Size: 23 cms
  • Categories: Science and Technology, Sociology

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About the Book :

Science and the Conquest of Hunger, as the title indicates, consider the role of science and technology in the amelioration of hunger and malnutrition, particularly in developing countries. A companion volume to Science and Integrated Rural Development, this collection of articles deals specifically with the building of a national food security system; the conservation of plant and animal genetic resources; plant breeding approaches; research on crop improvement which includes wheat, rice, potato, oilseeds and fibers; and the role of nuclear techniques in agricultural research. In the second half of the book the author makes a survey of trends in agriculture in the tropics and agricultural evolution in India. Finally, Dr. Swaminathan argues that self- reliance in food production implies only half the battle won against hunger. The famine of jobs and consequently of purchasing power which prevails largely in the rural areas of developing countries like India can be countered effectively by an appropriate blend of traditional, modern and emerging technologies. Ending on a note of hope and optimism the distinguished scientist opines that the future lies in converting such theoretical opportunities into practical achievements. The book contains a wealth of information and data relating to crops, cropping patterns and rotation, nuclear techniques in agriculture, and conservation of plant and animal genetic resources. The futurologist as well as the lay reader will also find plenty of food for thought in this lucid and general exposition of some of the major issues that are before the world today.

About Author :

Monkombu Sambasivan Swaminathan (b. 1925) is a distinguished scientist of international repute whose work in the field of basic and plant genetics over a period of 30 years has justly earned him numerous national and international awards and honours. A Fellow of the National science Academy and of the Royal Society of London, he has also been a recipient of the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awards form the President of India. In 1977he was elected Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A. and in 1978 he become a Foreign Member of the All Union Academy of Agricultural Sciences of the U.S.S.R. He received the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership in 1971. More recently, he was elected Independent Chairman of the FAO Council. In the course of a varied and distinguished career he has been Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research and Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Agriculture. In April 1980 he became Member, Planning Commission of India, a position he occupied until April 1982 when he was appointed Director General of the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines.