The University of Western Australia’s Hackett Professor of Agriculture Kadambot Siddique has been recognised on the international stage for his global contribution to dryland agriculture.
Professor Siddique, Director of The UWA Institute of Agriculture received the Global Research Leadership in Agriculture Award from the Indian Council of Food and Agriculture (ICFA) at the 10th Global Agriculture Leadership Summit held in New Delhi, India last week.
Professor Siddique said the award recognises the work done by a team of researchers, students, and collaborators, and is something he is very proud of.
His major contribution to dryland agriculture has been crop yield improvements and production technologies in grain legumes, wheat and oil seed crops, and the release of 13 new grain legume cultivars.
Professor Siddique has led education and research training initiatives spanning Australia and Asia, to Africa and the Middle East which are impacting the next generation of agricultural scientists and progressive farmers, for the future challenges of food and nutritional security.
His Excellency The Governor of Haryana, India, who presented the award said Professor Siddique’s research leads have made new inroads into developing dryland agriculture systems thereby increasing its production and increased gains to farmers.
“He has made outstanding contributions to agriculture science especially on the adaptation, physiology, genetics, breeding and agronomy of crops which has boosted cereal, and grain legume and oil seed production in dryland environments,” the Governor said.
Professor Siddique was the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (UN FAO) special Ambassador for the International Year of the Pulses 2016.
The annual event is organised by ICFA, India’s apex body for the food and agriculture sector with a mandate for policy research, advocacy and enterprise development.
Hackett Professor Kadambot Siddique (The UWA Institute of Agriculture and School of Agriculture and Environment) (+61 8) 6488 7012 (+61 4) 11 155 396
Diana Boykett (Communications Officer, The UWA Institute of Agriculture) (+61 8) 6488 3756 / (+61 4) 04 152 262