Messages

Message from the Former Director General

Dr Peter Carberry

Message from the Board Chair

Dr Paco Sereme

Message from the Director General

Dr Jacqueline d'Arros Hughes
Director General, ICRISAT

Sustainable, productive and impactful – that is what I would want ICRISAT’s work to be over the next years and to be able to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in the semi-arid tropics by 2030. It is going to be a tough challenge but I think we can contribute in a big way towards achieving them. Leadership, vision and commitment are vital. In order to succeed, we need a good strategy to allow ICRISAT to position itself in this changing world with One CGIAR and the COVID-19 taking precedence over other issues.

I have been looking through the Annual Report 2019 and I am sure you are all proud of the Research for Development impacts in there – reaching millions of farmers, millions of hectares, new varieties, numerous countries, thousands of tons of certified seed and production of millions of tons of grain. The impacts in genomics, watersheds, agronomy, digital agriculture, genebank, nutrition and food systems are impressive. Breeding is a huge part of our work and we need to build and improve the current rate of modernization. We need to bring in all those modern tools out there in all areas – mechanization, digitalization and data management. ICRISAT is doing a wonderful job and we need to keep building on that. As we move into the future, our key drivers would be productivity, teamwork, partnerships, excellence, resources and opportunities. Our world is never going to be the same again with two imperatives that shape our future work environment. These are new situations; nonetheless they are great opportunities to bring about change. We need to be adaptable and we need to have resilience in this new normal that we are going to encounter as we move forwards.

Research Highlights

A world without hunger is what ICRISAT envisions. With an ever-increasing population, the year 2019 saw us pursue this vision with greater vigor. Mainstreaming nutrition and modernizing the breeding program were top priorities even as we roped in the best of genomic and digital technologies to increase efficiencies and deliver improved farmer-preferred varieties in half the time. Landscape restoration adopting a holistic approach that spans the entire agriculture value chain has shown great impact in improving food security, incomes and climate resilience of farmers. Our partnerships with governments, the public and private sectors, NGOs, NARS and CGIAR partners have helped reap the impacts showcased in this report.

Dr Kiran K Sharma
Deputy Director General-Research, ICRISAT

Quick Stats

 

CROP IMPROVEMENT


Variety releases
19 Varieties 6 Countries 6 Crops

Varieties in National Performance Trials

336 germplasm/breeding
lines/experimental hybrids

AGRI-FOOD SYSTEMS


Soil management reach
Direct area ~6,099,448 ha
(9 countries in Asia and Africa)
Watershed coverage (India, Ethiopia, Mali)  
Direct area Spillover
~117,955 ha ~193,524 ha

SEED PRODUCTION


Seed shared with farmer groups, NARS# and NGOs

64 tons breeder seed
5,996 tons foundation seed
8,729 tons certified seed
1,397 tons QDS/
truthfully labelled

 

DIGITAL AGRICULTURE


110,362,150
farmers reached through 22 digital initiatives




GENEBANK


2,840 accessions prepared in 2019 were deposited at Svalbard Global Seed Vault in early 2020

15,000 seed samples distributed in 15 countries

GENOME SEQUENCED


Decoded genome sequences for two subspecies of cultivated groundnut




* Figures sourced from MEASURE

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WORK ACROSS THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

In 2019, we worked with over 163 partners from 27 countries to contribute to 16 SDGs

Growing incomes, nutrition, resilience and gender equality

 

 

 
 

West and Central Africa

Eastern and Southern Africa

Asia

 

Innovation Systems for the Drylands

Genetic Gains

CRP-GLDC

Smart Food

Modernizing breeding

Crop scientists at ICRISAT are striving to achieve disease resistance, stress tolerance and nutritional improvement in our mandate crops. Modernization of the breeding programs includes rapid generation advancement methods, utilization of data-driven decisionmaking digital platforms, molecular tools and advanced phenotyping technologies. These are the key areas of focus for enhancing productivity and boosting varietal development in a demand-driven approach.

Corporate Section

Statistics

 

$ - M

Grant Income

Full report

5.49%↑

Statistics

Website & Social Media

5

New initiatives

Communications

27

Nationalities

More information

583

Research Publications

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Projects

Partners

 

Website and Social media Statistics

% of increase from last year

Website (New users)

6%

Facebook (New likes)

30%

Twitter (Retweets and mentions)

16%

Linkedin (Followers)

100%

 

 

ICRISAT Governing Board 2019

Paco Sereme
Burkina Faso

Chair, ICRISAT Governing Board

Trilochan Mohapatra
India

Vice Chair, ICRISAT GB

Peter Carberry
Australia

Director General
(Till May 2020)

Sissel Rogne
Norway

Member

Wendy Umberger
Australia

Member

SK Joshi
India

Member

Rachel K Chikwamba
South Africa

Member
upto Sep 2019

Prabhu Pingali
USA,

Member
(from April 2019)

Folasade Ogunde
Nigeria

Member

Sanjay Agarwal
India

Member

Laurie Tollefson
Canada

Member

About Us

We believe all people have a right to nutritious food and a better livelihood.

ICRISAT works in agricultural research for development across the drylands of Africa and Asia, making farming profi table for smallholder farmers while reducing malnutrition and environmental degradation. We work across the entire value chain from developing new varieties to agri-business and linking farmers to markets.

Vision
A prosperous, food-secure and resilient dryland tropics

Mission
To reduce poverty, hunger, malnutrition and environmental degradation in the dryland tropics

Approach
Inclusive Market-Oriented Development (IMOD)

 

Research Programs

West & Central Africa

  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Mali

Eastern & Southern Africa

  • Malawi
  • Ethiopia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Kenya

Asia

  • Crop Improvement
  • Integrated Crop Management
  • Plant Quarantine Unit
  • ICRISAT Development Center
  • Farm and Engineering Services

Innovation Systems for the Drylands

  • Agribusiness and Innovation Platform
  • System Analysis for Climate Smart Agriculture
  • Digital Agriculture & Youth
  • Markets, Institutions, Nutrition & Diversity

Genetic Gains

  • Genebank 
  • Pre-breeding 
  • Genomics & Trait Discovery 
  • Forward Breeding 
  • Cell, Molecular Biology & Genetic Engineering 
  • ESA-Biotechnology 
  • Seed Systems 

ICRISAT Leads

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