Globally, agriculture has transformed significantly over the years; from being a means of subsistence to now market linked and commercialized with application of advance technologies and integration. Agriculture in India has also come a long way from the days of ‘ship to mouth’ to a situation of ‘warehouses overflowing with food grains’. Agriculture is evolving into agribusiness and getting more market focused with value chain development, IT application and market spread, driven by the progressive government policies, aggressive play by institutions and the entry of large corporate in food and agriculture businesses. The role of these stake-holders in driving the growth and value added transformation of farms sector is commendable. But, most of them do not get any recognition for their contributions to the agriculture and for empowering farmers.
Indian Council of Food and Agriculture, as the apex platform for policy work, agribusiness trade facilitation and platform forglobal partnerships towards promoting agriculture and empowering farmers, is presenting 10th edition of Global Agriculture Leadership Awards. Responding to the need at the national and global level to recognize the contributions of various stake-holders in agriculture, ICFA took a step forward to reward and motivate individuals and organizations for their playing leadership roles in agriculture. The institution of Agriculture Leadership Awards in 2008 was one such significant step in this direction. The Awards are presented annually in different categories to those individuals/organizations, who have made outstanding contributions in their respective fields. The National Awards Committee is headed by Prof. MS Swaminathan, Pioneer of India’s Green Revolution with two dozen persons of international eminence as its members. The selection of Awardees is done through a two tier system. There are Awards Sub-Committees, headed by one member of the National Committee. All the applications and nominations received by the Awards Secretariat are put up to the respective Sub-Committees, which in turn recommend names to the National Committee for the final selection.