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close this bookTowards Creating a Poverty-Free World (UNESCO, 1995, 12 p.)
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No Social Vision in our Research Institutions

Agricultural Research Institutions are staffed with topnotch scientists of the world who understand their area of specialization like the palm of their hand. But they do not have the slightest idea about the people in poverty, hunger, and the social and economic systems in which they live. Every scientist does not have to be expert on all of these, but the research institution itself must have a built-in capability to set the social context of the total research program and keep tight watch on the progress of the research to see if it is getting derailed along the way. Unfortunately we have not taken adequate care in putting the social vision firmly in command in our agricultural research institutions.

As a punishment, the world continues to suffer from hunger.