9-10 July 2004, New Delhi, India:Mission 2007

The National Academy of Agricultural Sciences in New Delhi hosted ‘Mission 2007: Every village, a knowledge Centre – A Road Map’ on July 9-10, 2004. This high level policy consultation was organised by M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation and One World South Asia with support from IDRC, CIDA, NASSCOM Foundation and SDC.

Over 250 participants and delegates including panelists, keynote speakers and task force coordinators discussed and debated various issues in launching a nation wide and highly ambitious national movement. The expertise and free flow of ideas, issues and concerns reflected the vast experience of the various stakeholders who participated in this national consultation.

The idea of the National Alliance for Mission 2007 was mooted in a consultation held in Chennai in May this year. Over 43 organisations have since committed their support to this alliance. They also realised that the task of achieving the mission objective of making every village a knowledge centre was ambitious one, which required a lot of collective thinking. Several task forces have since been set up to address the issue of connectivity, content, policy issues, space applications, organisation, M&E, scalability and resources.

This forum was an opportunity for these task forces to share their reports in the plenary of the opening day. Other participants representing the various stake holders