On ICRISAT’s 45th anniversary, we take you on a journey of milestones that shaped the science we do today.

ICRISAT in the beginning

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ICRISAT at its beginning
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1970 ICRISAT takes shape

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Steps taken to set up a single research institute for semi-arid crops
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1970s Attention on aflatoxin

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Pioneering science to help overcome the problem of aflatoxin in crops
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1972 ICRISAT gets a logo

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A security officer designs the first logo
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1975 Village Level Studies

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Understanding socio-economic and other constraints to agricultural development
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1976 A Watershed moment

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ICRISAT has always believed in environmentally friendly construction
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1979 Genebanks

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Genebanks set up in Asia and Africa as insure against future seed loss
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1979 First farmers' day

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Bringing together farmers and scientists to find solutions
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1979 First marker-assisted pearl millet

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A downy mildew resistant pearl millet hybrid
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1983 First ICRISAT varieties released

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Sorghum and pearl millet varieties released for farmers in Sudan
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1983 Queen Elizabeth II visits ICRISAT

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The British queen gives her royal seal of approval for ICRISAT
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1989 Short-duration chickpea

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A wilt and heat resistant Kabuli variety for Asia and Africa
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1991 World’s first hybrid pigeonpea released

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The world’s first hybrid of a pulse crop was a high yielding pigeonpea plant
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1994 Microdosing starts in Niger

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Boosts productivity and increases drought and heat tolerance of crops
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1994 Sowing seeds of hope

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Providing seeds during times of extreme crisis such as wars and earthquakes
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1996 First CGIAR King Baudouin Award

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Proud moment as first CGIAR center to win the award consecutively
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1996 Nobel laureate Norman Borlaug visits ICRISAT

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Nobel winner endorses work done by ICRISAT scientists
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1999 Start of core and mini core germplasm collection

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Enhancing the use of germplasm in breeding programs globally
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2000 Hybrid Parents Research Consortium

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An innovative partnership for greater collaboration in agriculture
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2000's Boost to infrastructure

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Adding cutting edge technologies and facilities
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2004 Guinea race hybrids for West Africa

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Unlocking the genetic potential of the dominant sorghum variety
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2006 First CGIAR science award

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Awards for the genebank and for outstanding partnership
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2006 ICRISAT adopts IGNRM research strategy

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Adopted to maximize the synergies of agricultural research
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2007 Ramadjita Tabo shares Nobel Peace Prize

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Recognition for increasing awareness about man-made climate change
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2007 Pro-poor BioPower strategy devised

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Harnessing the power of sweet sorghum to make bio-fuel
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2008 World’s first commercial pigeonpea hybrid

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Successfully bred after years of intense research
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2009 Platform for Translational Research on Transgenic Crops launched

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Launched to help process and evaluate crops from the lab to the land
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2010 New Inclusive Market Oriented Strategy for 2020

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Aimed at halving global poverty, hunger and malnutrition
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2010 ICRISAT joins Molecular Breeding Platform to harness biotechnology

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To revolutionize crop breeding and meet the challenges of food security
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2011 Corporate Social Responsibility activities begin

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Working closely with private partners to improve livelihoods of farmers
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2011 ICRISAT-led global team cracks pigeonpea genome

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Helps identify unique traits, like drought tolerance, in pigeonpea
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2012 First marker-assisted sorghum varieties released in sub-Saharan Africa

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Makes Striga resistant varieties of sorghum available to cultivate
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2012 Promoting women entrepreneurship

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Women entrepreneurs get a boost from agribusiness incubator
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2012 Providing knowhow to set up India's first private sector seed bank

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A public private partnership to set up a seed bank
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2012 Pigeonpea breeders develop a new CMS system

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A new cytoplasmic-nuclear male sterility system for sustainability
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2013 Bill Gates visits ICRISAT

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Recognizes the ability of ICRISAT’S research to help millions of farmers
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2013 ICRISAT Ambassadors of Goodwill launched

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To enlist the support of personalities to champion ICRISAT’s mission
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2013 High-iron biofortified pearl millet released in India

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Dhanashakti is first biofortified crop to reach farmers’ fields
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2013 Two ICRISAT-led CGIAR Research Programs launched

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As part of efforts to help reduce world hunger, malnutrition and poverty
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2013 Genome sequence of 90 chickpea lines decoded

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Leads to increased yield and enhanced traits in chickpea
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2014 New significant investments in Africa

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US$ 5 million to improve facilities and scientific skills
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2014 First Agribusiness incubator in West Africa

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The West African Agri-Business Resource Incubator (WAARI) was inaugurated
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2014 First peanut genome sequenced

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To aid in breeding more productive and resilient varieties
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2015 Finger millet now a mandate crop

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Formally becomes ICRISAT’S sixth mandate crop
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2015 Government of Telangana and ICRISAT launch Digital Agriculture Initiatives

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ICT-based technology to improve productivity of farmers
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2016 First genome code of cultivated peanut cracked

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Aimed at accelerating gene discovery and improved cultivars
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2016 Popularizing millets through product development

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To breakdown the perception of millets as food for the poor
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2016 First Machine-harvestable chickpea variety released

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To help address labor shortage and drudgery for women workers
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2016 Smart Food initiative

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Legumes and cereals are ‘good for you, good for the planet and good for farmers’
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2016 A new sowing application for farmers

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Successfully minimizes loss of crops and increase yields
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2016 Working in synchrony with the SDGs

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Integrating ICRISAT’S research to achieve the SDGs by 2030
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