Post independent Indian agriculture has witnessed unprecedented expansion, growth and development driven primarily by rising domestic demand for food and new technologies. The Green Revolution of the sixties, accompanied with White, Yellow, and Blue Revolutions, transformed India from 'ship to mouth' scenario to food self-sufficiency and the Food Bill status. Nonetheless, India is still home to one-fourth of the world's hungry people. Thus, we have to pursue production plus plus approach to reach the unreached.
Of late, we are witnessing a paradigm shift in terms of production, from cropping system to farming system approach and in terms of demand supply chain from being production led to consumption driven. Nutritional security is already an important dimension of food security. Rapid climate change, globalization, technological revolution with IT and ICT enabled services have added altogether new dimensions in terms of the challenges as well as the opportunities. Further, agribusiness, value chain management, value addition, trade in food and food and agriculture products, and the emerging markets both at national and international levels have made agriculture a key player in the economy of the country rather than a mere source of livelihood. These dynamic developments have brought about equally dynamic challenges upon the domain of agricultural knowledge. These new challenges need to be met comprehensively since the transformational changes in agriculture are both brought about as well as sustained by knowledge. In fact the whole gamut of agricultural sciences and the ever evolving knowledge domain that nurtures these have never before been so seriously challenged in terms of curricular, attitudinal, aspirational and qualitative reorientation as well as the scale and scope of human and capital resource investment.
It is therefore imperative to have proactive cooperation, coordination and interfacing across the institutions, governments, and public and private sectors for converging all eorts to effect transformational changes. It is with a view to generate such system synergy that ICFA has instituted 'Agricultural Knowledge Transformation Platform' under the chairmanship of Prof. R. B. Singh, formerly Director (IARI), Chairman (ASRB), Assistant Director General, FAO, and presently Chancellor, Central Agriculture University, Imphal to proactively involve and engage all the stakeholders.