SAARC Media Visit to Faculty of Agriculture (12-15 July 2016)


Seven selected media personnel from SAARC countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka) visited the Faculty of Agriculture from 12-15 July 2016 to witness the success of the multi-country research project on "Vulnerability of Home Garden Systems to Climate Change and its Impacts on Food Security in South Asia".This research was proposed by Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya in collaboration with Department of Agriculture and Department of Meteorology in Sri Lanka, with Bangladesh and India as partner countries and held from 2009-2012. This project has been selected as one of the best-20 projects funded through Asia Pacific Network (APN) for Global Change Research, during the 20 year celebrations of the APN. The finances for the research were provided by National Science Foundation of the USA through APN, and channeled through the Agriculture Education Unit (AEU). The media visit was sponsored by the APN where finances were also channeled through AEU. This was the first time in APN's 20-year history that such a media visit was arranged, which was concluded successfully. All media personnel are expected to write articles or produce programs on the visit in their respective countries from August onwards. The Acting Vice Chancellor of the University of Peradeniya graced the event and delivered a special lecture on University of Peradeniya. The Dean, Faculty of Agriculture made a special presentation on the Faculty of Agriculture. Professor Buddhi Marambe was the Principal Investigator of the project, with Professors Jeevika Weerahewa, Gamini Pushpakumara and Pradeepa Silva as Co-investigators from the Faculty.

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