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Revolutionizing Smallholder Farming: Nayak's Impact in Rice



  Sep 23, 2023

Swati Nayak and the Norman E Borlaug Award


1. Norman E Borlaug Award (NBA):

NBA is a prestigious honor in agriculture for significant contributions to research and development.
 

2. Swati Nayak's Work:

Swati Nayak, known as 'Bihana Didi' (Seed Lady), won the NBA for her work with local communities in Odisha.
 

3. Shahabhagi Dhan Rice Variety:

Nayak introduced drought-tolerant Shahabhagi Dhan rice in Odisha, positively impacting crop yields.
 

4. International Rice Research Institute (IRRI):

Nayak is currently associated with IRRI, a renowned rice research organization.
 

5. Importance of the Award:

Nayak received the NBA for "Field Research and Application," an honor usually given to breeders.
 

6. Significance of the Work:

Nayak's work focuses on engaging smallholder farmers in demand-driven rice seed systems, promoting climate-resilient and nutritious rice varieties.
 

7. Green Revolution and HYV Seeds:

Norman Borlaug was a key figure in the Green Revolution, involving high-yielding variety (HYV) seeds to increase crop production.
 
In summary, Swati Nayak's recognition with the NBA underscores her significant contributions to agriculture, particularly her work with drought-tolerant rice varieties and improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers. This award symbolizes her innovative approach and impact in agriculture.


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