Dr. William Dar Writes A Book

Feeding the Forgotten Poor is the title of a new book by Dr. William D. Dar, a multi-awarded Filipino agricultural scientist who is currently the director general of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) based in Hyderabad, India.

  
The book chronicles Dr. Dar’s perspectives in tackling poverty and hunger, especially among the poor. As it is observed, the world’s population will grow from almost 7 billion now to over 9 billion in 2050. The daunting question, according to him is – will there be enough food to go around?
  
In his book Dr. Dar raises the question of how the world is going to feed the poor, in an inspiring recounting of the events of his own life that shaped his career and his commitment to and vision of a world that is free from hunger and poverty.
  
Dr. Dar is a dynamic agriculturist and international research manager, in charge of leading ICRISAT in finding a path towards a smarter, healthier, more sustainable and resilient agriculture towards the attainment of food security, particularly in the dryland tropics of Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
  
The book was launched in New Delhi on February 6 by no less than the former president of India, Dr. A.P.J. Kalam. The launch coincided with former president’s participation as chief guest during the inaugural session of the 2nd Global Agri-Business Incubation Conference: NIABI 2012. The event was organized by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in partnership with ICRISAT.
  
In the book’s foreword, Dr. Kalam wrote: “The book reveals perspectives to grow and provide food to the people wherever they live on Earth, backed by Dr. Dar’s own experiences in multiple countries. Particularly, I am impressed with the Chapter “Innovate, Grow and Prosper” where he deals with strategic science and dynamic development.”
   
The book, co-written by Arun Tiwari, is divided into four parts: (1) soil and Roots, (2) Stems, Leaves and Fruits, (3) Skin of the Earth, and (4) Growth and Prosperity. These parts correspond to Dr. Dar’s rise from national (in his native Philippines) to regional and international agricultural research for development and his life-long commitment to a hunger-free world.
  
The book is published by the Orient Book Swan Publishing Company and will soon be available in major stores in India.
  
Dr. Dar who comes from Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur, holds the distinction of being the first Filipino and Asian to be Director General of ICRISAT, a member of the Consortium of CGIAR Centers. He led ICRISAT into renaissance, excellence and relevance with the motto “Science with a Human Face”. His transformational leadership has turned ICRISAT into a forward looking institute, which has been ranked “Outstanding” consecutively in 2006 and 2007 among the CGIAR centers.
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