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Towards a Grey to Green Revolution

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Dar, W.D.
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Publishing and Media Services Public Awareness Office ICRISAT
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Towards a grey to green revolution - turning adversity into opportunity: a compendium of speeches and presentations by William D. Dar, January - December 2001 / 63 DAR02 T BR 62970
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William D Dar has been Director General of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) near Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh, India since January 2000. ICRISAT is one of sixteen international agricultural research centers supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Prior to joining ICRISAT, he served as Presidential Advisor for Rural Development, and as Acting Secretary of Agriculture in the Philippines (equivalent to Minister of Agriculture). He has served on the managing boards of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), the CGIAR's International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), and of ICRISAT. He was Chair of the Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI); Chair, Coarse Grains, Pulses, Roots and Tuber Crops (CGPRT) Centre based in Indonesia; Executive Director of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD); and Director of the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) of the Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA). Dar received an MS in agronomy from Benguet State University (BSU) in La Trinidad, the Philippines, and a PhD in horticulture from the University of the Philippines, Los Baños (UPLB). He taught at BSU for 11 years and held the rank of Professor. He has also received a number of awards and honors, including Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) of the Philippines from the Philippine Jaycees, Outstanding Young Scientist of the Year from the National Academy of Science and Technology in the Philippines, Crop Science Society of the Philippines' Achievement Award for Research Management and as Outstanding Science Administrator given by the Philippines Department of Science and Technology (DOST). He was also recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of UPLB and the Most Outstanding Alumnus of BSU. Since he joined ICRISAT, he has been advocating a Grey-to-Green Revolution in the dry areas of the developing world through Science with a Human Face.

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