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Ambassador Dr. S. Jaishankar participated in a US State Department ceremony on June 18 where eminent plant scientist, Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram of India and Mexico, was named winner of the 2014 World Food Prize for increasing world wheat production by more than 200 million tons in the years following the Green Revolution, which has had a far-reaching impact in alleviating world hunger.  Secretary of State John Kerry delivered the keynote address at this occasion.

Dr. Rajaram’s breakthrough achievement in successfully cross breeding winter and spring wheat varieties, which were distinct gene pools that had been isolated from one another for hundreds of years, led to his developing plants that have higher yields and a broad genetic base. More than 480 high-yielding wheat varieties bred by Dr. Rajaram have been released in 51 countries on six continents and have been widely adopted by small- and large-scale farmers alike. Dr. Rajaram followed Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Norman E. Borlaug at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, CIMMYT, leading its Wheat Program from 1976 to 2001.

Ambassador Dr. S. Jaishankar met with Senator Robert Menendez, Chairman of Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the Capitol on June 19, 2014

Ambassador Dr. S. Jaishankar with Secretary of State John Kerry on the occasion of the announcement of eminent plant scientist, Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram as winner of the 2014 World Food Prize

Ambassador Dr S Jaishankar with Senator John Cornyn of Texas, co-chair of Senate India Caucus on June 17, 2014