The purpose of the meeting was to facilitate knowledge exchange and collaborative research between agro-ecologists in UK and India.
Scott Furssedonn-Wood, British Deputy High Commissioner, Kolkata was invited to address a group of agro-ecologists from UK and India at the valedictory session of the first meeting of the UK - India initiative in Agro-ecology, organised by the Agricultural Ecology Special Interest Group of the British Ecological Society in association with the newly formed Society for Agroecology, India on 23 February 2015. The three-day event running from 21 to 23 February was hosted by the Centre for Pollination Studies, University of Calcutta.
The purpose of the meeting was to facilitate knowledge exchange and collaborative research between agro-ecologists in UK and India. A secondary aim was that the members of the forum would work together to take stock of the state of knowledge, produce reviews and policy notes. The initiative is expected to create a platform to facilitate the British and Indian researchers working in any aspect of agroecology to take up joint research.
The Kolkata meeting is a first step towards this. Approximately 10 scientists from renowned UK Research Centres (e.g., James Hutton Institute, The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology) and universities (e.g., Oxford, Reading, Coventry and Harper Adams) and 20 scientists and activists from India participated in this meeting.