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Rajvir S. Rathi

Vice President – Public & Government Affairs, Bayer Crop Science

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Rajvir. S. Rathi, a Post Graduate and a gold medalist in Agriculture, has more than two decades of experience in Corporate Affairs in Agri – Input Industry spanning : Regulatory Affairs, Scientific Affairs, Government Affairs, Industry Affairs, Public Affairs, Corporate Affairs  and Product Stewardship.

Rajvir , over the last decade has successfully created the key linkages among various key agricultural stakeholders and  Agri input - Industry. These linkages have now become the platforms for various Public Private Partnerships and combined initiatives. As a part of organizational strategy, he has conceptualized, created and managed the first product stewardship team in India in the area of Crop Biotechnology, for preventing value drain of intellectual property in the larger Interest of Indian Agri – Input industry. 

He has always been a proponent of sustainability in any endeavor he has initiated. The basic criterion of having a win - win situation for all the stake holders in the Industry has been the foundation for his ideology. Value capture at all the stages ranging from product conceptualization, Innovation, commercialization, cultivations and returns to the farmers has been his forte till date.

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Q: How can GMOs help less developed nations and food insecurity?

Answered By Community Manager - May 09, 2016

A: There are a variety of ways in which GMOs help low- and middle-income countries address issues surrounding food security. In this response, Cecilia Chi-Ham, Director of Science & Technology at PIPRA, addresses this topic.   “It is really important that we consider the well-being of farmers in developing countries because they represent 90 percent of all farmers growing GM crops in the world (ISAAA, 2012). So far, biotechnology has offered developing countries farms with increased productivity, economic gains and environmental benefits, including reduced insecticide use [...]

Answered By Rajvir S. Rathi - Feb 29, 2016

A: According to the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), between 1996 and 2012, GM crops contributed to food security, sustainability, the environment and climate change in many ways, including:  Increasing crop production valued at US$116.9 billion Conserving biodiversity by saving 123 million hectares of land Helping to alleviate poverty for 16.5 million small, resource-poor farmers and farm families (equaling approximately 65 million people total) Reducing agriculture’s environmental footprint by reducing CO2 emissions by 26.7 billion [...]

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