Messages

Message from the Board Chair

Dr Prabhu Pingali

Message from the Director General

Dr Jacqueline d'Arros Hughes

 

At a Glance

CROP IMPROVEMENT

Variety releases
24 Varieties 5 Crops

Varieties in National Performance Trials

314 germplasm/breeding
lines/experimental hybrids

AGRI-FOOD SYSTEMS

Soil management reach
Direct area ~ 6,028,173 ha

Land management coverage 257,795 ha

SEED PRODUCTION

All classes of seed shared with farmer groups, NARS and NGOs

2,490 tons

DIGITAL AGRICULTURE

881,471
farmers reached through 10 digital initiatives




Research Highlights

GLOBAL

The impact of ICRISAT’s work transcends Asia and Africa to many countries across continents that benefit from the International Public Goods that are developed. Sharing of plant genetic resources and cutting-edge technologies is critical to global food security and agriculture.

ASIA

Two high-oleic groundnut varieties bred from ICRISAT material were released to the nation by Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. A total of 13 improved varieties of chickpea, groundnut, sorghum and pearl millet were released in 2020 across India. Increased farmers’ income of 10-40% through Natural Resource Management and the use of climate-smart high-yielding varieties.

AFRICA

Malawi officially released its first chickpea and finger millet improved varieties while Burkina Faso released its first commercial pearl millet hybrid. More than 3,256 MT of seed was produced and distributed across Africa. Climate-smart and water-efficient technologies showed big impact – a project in Zimbabwe recorded an income increase of 43-94% in farmer households.