Dr. C. Devendra is honored with the 3rd International Animal Agriculture Award from the World Association for Animal Production
The International Goat Association would like to congratulate Dr. C. Devendra, the recent recipient of the third International Animal Agriculture Award from the World Association for Animal Production. The award was given to him at the recently concluded 11th World Conference on Animal Production in Beijing, China from 15-21 October, 2013.
Regarding this latest award, Dr. Devendra said the following, “I am deeply humbled by the award which came unexpectedly, but am greatly encouraged by your extremely kind recognition of my work over the past decades.”
“I remember my wise professors at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom who introduced me to animal sciences and inspired me to focus on ruminants, the small farmers, the landless, and women leaders who have been wonderful and generous in sharing their knowledge, wisdom and efforts.”
“I also remember fondly the camaraderie of my peers in whose splendid company I have been privileged to work with across regions who have been very generous with the numerous discussions, joint efforts, and sharing of their expertise. Additionally, I have had the privilege of visiting and learning from the exciting work of our younger colleagues and by the advances being made.”
“I cannot take credit for all my work during these past years, as R&D results are never the solitary output of a researcher, but rather the combined efforts of community-based, participatory farmer-researcher-extension continuum. This stems from the belief that systems-oriented team efforts will drive progress in agricultural development and rural growth.”
Dr. Devendra believes that animal production is currently at a crossroads, confronted by major problems more than ever before. On the one hand, the World Bank has reported that it is one of the fastest growing subsectors in agriculture. On the other hand, there are many awesome emerging problems which include inter alia:
According to him, these and other key issues constitute the challenges for the future, in which resource efficiency, integrated NRM, increased investments in R&D, and promoting the multifunctional and potential contributions of ruminants like buffaloes and goats in agriculture development. These issues are the collective concern of both the developing and developed countries. In the long term, we need to ensure that animal production has a sustained higher profile, capacity to reduce food insecurity and improve livelihoods, and enhances self-reliance and human welfare.
The International Goat Association promotes goat research and development for the benefit of humankind, to alleviate poverty, to promote prosperity and to improve the quality of life.