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CABI Celebrates One Hundred Years of Improving Food Security and Protecting Biodiversity.

 
  Two-days workshop outline priorities for improving livelihoods of farmers in India  
 

Nov 29, New Delhi : Improving crop yields, safeguarding the environment, and improving access to scientific knowledge: these key issues will be on the agenda at a major presentation and workshop to be opened by Hon’ble Minister of State for Agriculture  Dr K V Thomas in New Delhi on 29 November 2010.

The two-day event, attended by 200 people, is being held as part of the centenary celebrations of international science and development organization CABI International, under the theme of  CABI India : Innovative Knowledge Solutions for South Asia. The range of high profile speakers include Dr M. S. Swaminathan, (the legendary scientist

and pioneer for green revolution  in  Indian agriculture,) , Dr K V Thomas, Dr Trevor Nicholls,  Chief Executive Officer,CABI;  Dr Dennis Rangi,  Executive Director for International Development,CABI and Dr Ravi Khetarpal,  Science Director (Asia) & Country Director (India), CABI.

“CABI has been working with India on issues concerning agriculture and knowledge
for many years. It has been mainly known to the academia through its quality scientific publishings so far, said Dr Khetarpal. CABI first established  a Commonwealth Institute of Biological Control in 1948, and a full fledged office at New Delhi in 2001. “Our focus is on helping India’s many farmers improve their yields and the quality of their crops -- by supporting them in managing pests and diseases, and ensuring that they can both access markets and have the knowledge and skills to be able to meet international standards for export. The purpose of this event is not only to celebrate CABI’s centenary, but also to bring together the major stakeholders in agriculture in India to share experiences and exchange ideas on knowledge solutions that have the potential to support agriculture and the environment.”

 “As one of CABI’s member countries, India plays a key role in determining our strategy and direction,” said Dr Trevor Nicholls, CABI Chief Executive Officer. “With the Indian Government’s focus on food security, as well as its concern for the economic imbalance between rural communities and the booming cities, we feel a strong sense of common purpose. It is highly appropriate that we should be celebrating CABI’s centenary by strengthening our ties with important individuals and organizations in the scientific and agricultural fields in India, so that we can continue to work together to improve lives in this country.” 

Mr Trevor Nicholls
CEO, CABI

Mr Trevor Nicholls is the Chief Executive Officer of CABI with 25 years experience of building international businesses in the life science industry.  His focus has been on genomics, for major pharma, biotech and academic clients. I also have broad experience of initiating change and restructuring organisations, ranging from start-ups to FTSE 100/Nasdaq quoted companies. Prior to this current position, he was the Chief Commercial Officer for Affymetrix Inc. with accountability for Global Operations, which covered sales, marketing, product development and manufacturing, delivering $330 million revenue with 600 staff across eight locations worldwide. Prior to this, he  was founder CEO of Oxagen Ltd where  he successfully raised a total of £50 million over three venture-backed financing rounds and secured commercial partnerships in addition to academic collaborations. Prior to Oxagen, he was Commercial Director of the Life Science Business of Amersham International (now part of GE Healthcare), leading 340 commercial staff with a turnover of £150 million worldwide. He was also part of corporate teams implementing acquisitions and strategic partnerships. In the early part of his career with Amersham  he held a variety of sales and marketing roles in Europe, covering diagnostics and radiopharmaceuticals as well as research products. He has  also worked as a consultant with McKinsey and Company Inc. and in marketing with Unilever. Mr Nicholls  holds a BA and D.Phil in Biochemistry from the University of York and Diploma qualifications in Marketing (CIM) and Company Directorship (IoD).

About CABI

CABI is a not-for-profit science-based development and information organization. Its mission and direction are influenced by member countries that help guide the activities undertaken. These include publishing; development projects and research; and microbial services. CABI produces key scientific information, including CAB Abstracts – the world-renowned bibliographic database covering agriculture and the environment. CABI also publishes multimedia compendia, books, e-books and full text internet resources aiming to further science and its application to real life. Our expertise includes animal and veterinary sciences, entomology, plant sciences, environmental sciences, human health, parasitology, mycology, crop protection, rural economics, rural development and leisure and tourism.

 
 
 

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