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Activities Organized

TAAS mobilizes various players and stakeholders, and organizes number of activities to achieve its objectives. These include the following:

i. Brainstorming Sessions/Symposia/Seminars/Workshops on topics of contemporary importance in collaboration with national, regional and international organizations.
ii. Foundation Day/ Special Lectures by the leading scientists / social workers, with established record of scientific and agro-social achievements.
iii. Bringing out publications on policy/strategy papers on thematic areas of national importance.
iv. Instituting an Award to be given annually for the excellence in agricultural science, as demonstrated by evident large scale impact on society. Known as Dr. M.S. Swaminathan Award for outstanding scientific leadership in agriculture, this award was instituted in recognition of immense service rendered by Dr. M.S. Swaminathan, a great visionary and the father of Green Revolution in India, as also acknowledged in Hon’ble Prime Minister’s speech at the 88th ISC.
v. Instituting specific Awards to encourage young scientists in different fields of agricultural science.
vi. Recognition of innovative practices developed by the farmers that have led to improved farming practices/higher yields and farmers’ income/resource conservation/environment protection etc.


April 7, 2007
Brainstorming Session on “Models of Public-Private Partnership in Agricultural Biotechnology”

May 3 , 2008
National Symposium on “Quality Protein Maize for HumanNutritional Security and Development of Poultry Sector in India”.


March 6 , 2009
Brainstorming Workshop on "Emerging Challenges before Indian Agriculture – The Way Forward"

ar April 10 - 12 , 2009
Brainstorming Workshop on "Strategy for Conservation of Farm Animal Genetic Resources"

August 11, 2009
Brainstorming Workshop on ‘“Climate Change, Soil Quality and Food Security” 


January 19, 2010
Launching of Hindi Version of "Millions Fed: Proven Successes in Agricultural Development" jointly by IFPRI, APAARI and the Trust for Advancement of Agricultural Sciences (TAAS)(Hindi Version) (English Version)


May 19, 2011
“Stakeholders’ Interface on GM Food Crops”

ar November 9 - 12, 2011
International Conference on “Innovative Approaches for Agricultural Knowledge Management: Global Extension Experiences”

December 23-24, 2011
National Workshop on "Farmer-led Innovations"

ar March 13 - 15, 2012
Global Conference on "Women in Agriculture"
ar March 1 - 2, 2013
"Foresight and Future Pathways of Agricultural Research through Youth"
ar June 24, 2013
Brainstorming on "Achieving Inclusive Growth by linking Farmers to Markets"
ar September 3 - 5, 2013
National Workshop on "Outscaling Farm Innovation"
ar March 21 - 22, 2014
Brainstorming Workshop on "Soybean for Household Food and Nutrition Security"
ar September 28 - 29, 2015
National Dialogue on “Efficient Nutrient Management for Improving Soil Health”
ar October 8 - 10, 2015
Regional Consultation on “Agroforestry: The Way Forward”
ar December 17 - 18, 2015
National Dialogue on "Innovative Extension Systems for Farmers’ Empowerment and Welfare"
ar April 7 - 8, 2016
Strategy Workshop: Towards Self-sufficiency of Pulses in India
ar May 26, 2016
B.P. Pal Memorial Lecture by Dr. Ramesh Chand, Member, NITI Ayog on "Addressubg Agrarian Distress Sops V/s Development" - PowerPoint Presentation
May 28-31, 2016
Global Conference on Perspective of Challenges and Options in Future organized by ASM Foundation at Jalgaon, Maharashtra in partnership with TAAS - Presidential Address by Dr. R.S. Paroda
August 4, 2016
Roundtable Discussion on “Promoting Biotech Innovations in Agriculture and Related Issues”
October 22, 2016
Awareness cum Brainstorming Meeting on “Access and Benefit Sharing – Striking the Right Balance”
November 6-9, 2016
First International Agrobiodiversity Congress
May 11-12, 2017
National Conference on “Sustainable Development Goals: India’s Preparedness and Role of Agriculture”
August 28-29, 2017
International Conference on “Advances in potassium research for efficient soil and crop management”
September 8-9, 2017
Regional Policy Dialogue on "Scaling Conservation Agriculture for Sustainable Intensification (CASI) in South Asia"
  Foundation Day Lectures
First Foundation Day Lecture (October 17, 2003)
By Dr. Manju Sharma (Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Government of India) on "Regulatory Measures for Utilizing Biotechnological Developments in Different Countries".
Second Foundation Day Lecture (October 17, 2005)
By Dr. G.S. Khush, Adjunct Professor, University of California, Davis, USA on"Public-Private Partnership in Agricultural Biotechnology".
Third Foundation Day Lecture (January 15, 2004)
By Dr. S. K. Vasal, Distinguished Scientist, Centre for Improvement of Maize & Wheat (CIMMYT), Mexico on "Challenges in Developing Nutritionally Enhanced Stress Tolerant Germplasm".
Fourth Foundation Day Lecture (March 6, 2009)
By Joachim von Braun, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington, USA on "Overcoming the World Food and Agriculture Crisis through Policy Change and Science".
Fifth Foundation Day Lecture (May 7, 2010)
By Dr. Mahendra M. Shah, Director, Qatar National Food Security Program, Doha, Qatar on "Climate Change and Food Security : From Science to Sustainable Agriculture ".
Copy of Powerpoint Presentation
Hindi Version of Lecture
Sixth Foundation Day Lecture (August 12, 2011)
By Dr. Uma Lele, Former Research & Operational Manager and Policy Adviser, The World Bank, Washington D.C., USA on "Harnessing Research for Development: India's Agricultural Development".
Seventh Foundation Day Lecture (August 11, 2013)
By Dr. Shenggen Fan, Director-General, International Food policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington, D.C., USA on "Ensuring Food and Nutrition Security in Asia:The Role of Agricultural Innovation".
Eighth Foundation Day Lecture (August 5, 2014)
By Dr. Kanayo F. Nwanze, President, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Rome, Italy on "Sustainable Agricultural Development - IFAD's Experiences".
Nineth Foundation Day Lecture (September 28, 2015)
By Dr. Thomas A. Lumpkin, Former Director-General, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT), Mexico on "21st Century Challenges and Research Opportunities for Sustainable Maize and Wheat Production".
Tenth Foundation Day Lecture (June 2, 2016)
By Dr. R.A. Mashelkar, Former Director-General, Council for Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) and Secretary, Department of Scientific & Industrial Research (DSIR), Government of India on "Dynamics of Technology Led Exclusion & Inclusion". Brochure and PowerPoint Presentation