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India example for world on food security: Obama

While addressing a gathering of students at St Xaviers in Mumbai, the US President said he'll discuss with Manmohan Singh how India and US can advance cooperation to benefit both.

twitter-logo PTI   Mumbai     Last Updated: November 8, 2010  | 11:36 IST

United States President Barack Obama on Sunday evinced interest in furthering cooperation between the country and India in the field of agriculture, saying the latter can be a model for the world to be country that strives for food security.

The collaboration between the two countries also contributed to India's first green revolution in the 60s, he said, adding: "I will be discussing with Prime Minister (Manmohan) Singh, how we can advance the cooperation in the 21st century, not only to benefit India, but to benefit the US and the world."

He shared his experiences about Indian agriculture with students at the St.Xaviers College here, after visiting two expos and interacting with villagers.

"I was with two expos that underscores the partnership we can make together. The first is focused on agriculture and food security - they will see innovation in technology and research that has transformed the Indian farming," he said.

Obama narrated how a farmer told him about receiving crop information on cellphone, while another showed him tools of appropriate size and weight that help women to improve productivity and said many of these innovations were a result of public and private collaboration between US and India.

In March 2010, India and the US had signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate in agriculture and food security.

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