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07
Aug

Launch of the ICRISAT Annual Report 2019

2019 was a year of many firsts… And we are glad to have rolled out some path-breaking initiatives and put systems in place well in time before 2020’s ‘new normal’ engulfed us. Office corridors that once bustled with activity are almost silent but ‘resilience’ is still the operative word. Read more...
07
Aug

New ICRISAT groundnut varieties to be available from the next season

Two new groundnut varieties with high oleic acid content developed by ICRISAT in association with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research-Directorate of Groundnut Research would be made available to the farming community in Telangana from the next season. This was stated by the Minister for Agriculture, Singireddy Niranjan Reddy, Read more...
31
Jul

Enabling Niger farmers to turn seed producers

An intensive training workshop for aspiring seed producers in Niger equipped them with necessary knowhow and techniques to scientifically produce groundnut, cowpea, pearl millet and sorghum seeds in Zinder region. A formal partnership with a seed company was also inked for multiplication and production of seeds of above crops, Read more...
31
Jul

Adding value to smallholder farming in Malawi

Smallholder farmers in Malawi, with support from a seed development project and government initiatives, have successfully set up a groundnut oil producing enterprise, thereby boosting incomes and opening up market opportunities. They formed a cooperative of 118 members and are producing, on average, 6,000 liters of cooking oil, translating Read more...
24
Jul

Weather and climate research gear up for innovation in India

High-level panel including ICRISAT scientist contributes expertise for policy making The impact of climate variability on agriculture was highlighted in a panel discussion conducted under the aegis of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. Experts in weather and climate research sciences from across India participated in Read more...
24
Jul

Better dietary options for healthier children

In rural Malawi, over 16,000 people, including young children, have benefited from ‘Care Groups’ that train people to prepare nutritious meals using local produce. A 2018 integrated survey by the National Statistical Office of Malawi listed Dedza district among those with the highest malnutrition rates in Malawi. Ironically, Dedza Read more...
24
Jul

Soil health key priority for better livelihoods of Odisha farmers

Under an extensive soil health mapping program in Odisha state, India, over 40,200 soil samples from farmers’ fields across 309 blocks in 30 districts were collected and analyzed, and recommendations made in response to the micronutrient deficiencies in the soil. Also, best management practices for increasing crop productivity were Read more...
17
Jul

Low-cost drought-proofing strategies help farmers in southern India

Collaborative project with Power Grid Corp of India has significant scale-out potential Technologies developed in a national CSR award-winning watershed project in India have helped over 20,000 farmers in southern India conserve 200,000 m3 of water and earn higher incomes through alternate livelihood options. The project has a scale-out Read more...
17
Jul

Doubling Farmers’ Income project gets boost from Agriculture Minister

Strategies to harvest rainwater in drought-prone regions, through the collaborative Doubling Farmers’ Income project, received a boost with inputs from the state Agriculture Minister of Uttar Pradesh, India, recently. Focusing on the renovation of the ‘Haveli’ water structures in Chitrakoot, Mr Surya Pratap Shahi, Minister of Agriculture, Uttar Pradesh, Read more...
17
Jul

An opportune time to digitize agriculture

If Indian agriculture aspires to be globally competitive and viable, the need for digitization is urgent now more than ever, and can help farmers lower costs, grade better quality and avoid distress sales. Agriculture supports nearly half of India’s workforce despite its decreasing contribution to the country’s GDP (85-16.5% Read more...
17
Jul

6 Ideas to transform food systems in a post-COVID-19 India

The ongoing health crisis around COVID-19 has raised global concerns on food and nutrition security. India has not seen immediate serious disruptions in the food system during the pandemic primarily because of good harvests in the previous crop seasons; sufficient buffer stock of grains, and a slew of welfare Read more...
17
Jul

ICAR recognizes ICRISAT scientist with prestigious Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Award

Dr Rajeev Varshney, Director, ICRISAT’s Genetic Gains Research Program, was named a recipient of Indian Council of Agricultural Research’s Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Award on 16 July. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to agriculture research. This award is for Dr Varshney’s research contributions to crop sciences. He is internationally renowned Read more...
10
Jul

Taking technology to farmer collectives in India, the startup way

Eight ICRISAT-incubated startups recently showcased their technologies to support farm livelihoods as part of a larger effort to bridge the technology gap for farmer collectives. The Indian government’s Invest India, through the Accelerating Growth of New India’s Innovations (AGNIi) program and the National Association for Farmer Producer Organisations (NAFPO), Read more...
10
Jul

Malian farmer sets an example as a successful seed producer

Farmer field schools in Mali are not only training local farmers in best practices for optimum crop yields, they’re also providing improved variety seeds to them, encouraging them to become seed producers themselves.  Africa RISING’s large-scale Diffusion of Technologies for Sorghum and Millet Production Systems (ARDT_SMS) Farmer Field Schools Read more...
10
Jul

New chickpea varieties on the way

Three new improved varieties of chickpea – adapted to local conditions – have been identified for release in Malawi, following farmer participatory research, by the Malawi Seed Industry Development Project (MSIDP). Chickpea is an important cash crop grown mostly in the shire highlands of Malawi. Major chickpea-producing districts include Read more...

New publications

Genomics-integrated breeding for carotenoids and folates in staple cereal grains to reduce malnutrition

Authors: Ashok Kumar K, Govindaraj M, Karthikeyan A, Shobhana VG and Warkentin TD

Published: Frontiers in Genetics (TSI), 11. ISSN 1664-8021

http://oar.icrisat.org/11514/

Conservation tillage increases water use efficiency of spring wheat by optimizing water transfer in a semi-arid environment

Authors: Peng Z, Wang L, Xie J, Li L, Coulter JA, Zhang R, Luo Z, Kholova J and Choudhary S

Published: Agronomy (TSI), 9 (583). pp. 1-18. ISSN 2073-4395

http://oar.icrisat.org/11515/

Soil bacterial diversity and potential functions are regulated by long-term conservation tillage and straw mulching

Authors: Liu C, Li L, Xie J, Coulter JA, Zhang R, Luo Z, Cai L, Wang L and Gopalakrishnan S

Published: Microorganisms (TSI), 8 (836). pp. 1-16. ISSN 2076-2607

http://oar.icrisat.org/11516

Data pre-processing for agricultural simulations

Authors: Jarolímek J, Pavlík J, Kholova J and Ronanki S

Published:  Agris on-line Papers in Economics and Informatics, 11 (01). pp. 49-53. ISSN 1804-1930

http://oar.icrisat.org/11517/

Improving the productivity and resilience of smallholder farmers with maize-legume and legume-legume systems in Malawi

Authors: Ngwira A, William N, Sieglinde S, Regis C, Rao KPC and Whitbread AM

Published: 2nd International Crop Modeling Symposium, 3-5 February 2020, Montpellier, France

OAR Link: http://oar.icrisat.org/11519/

Complete genome sequence of sixteen plant growth promoting Streptomyces strains

Authors: Gopalakrishnan S, Thakur V, Saxena RK, Vadlamudi S, Purohit S, Kumar V, Rathore A, Chitikineni A and Varshney RK

Published Scientific Reports (TSI), 10 (1). ISSN 2045-2322 

OAR Link: http://oar.icrisat.org/11522/

Performance of biofortified pearl millet hybrids for grain yield in northern India

Authors: Govindaraj M, Kanatti A, Sharma LD, Yadav D and Shivade H

Published: In: 13th International Conference on Development of Drylands: Converting Dryland Areas from Grey into Green, 11-14 February 2019, Jodhpur, India

OAR Link: http://oar.icrisat.org/11523/

MSIDP newsletter: New highly productive sorghum varieties released

Authors: Lazarus L, Mkuwamba S, Sichali F, Mankhwala C, Makoko S and Okori P

Published: [Newsletters]

OAR Link: http://oar.icrisat.org/11524/

Archives

2015

Dec: 04 11 18 24 31
Nov: 06 13 20 27
Oct:  01 09 16 23 30
Sep:  04 11 18 24
Aug:  07 14 21 28
Jul:  03 10 17 24 31
Jun:  05 12 19 26
May:  01 08 15 22 29
Apr:  03 10 17 24
Mar:  06 13 20 27
Feb:  06 13 20 27
Jan:  02 09 16 23 30

2014

Dec:  05 12 19 26
Nov:  07 14 21 28
Oct:  01 10 17 24 31
Sep:  05 12 19 26
Aug:  01 08 14 22 28
Jul:  04 11 18 25
Jun:  06 13 20 27
May:  02 09 16 23 30
Apr:  04 11 18 25
Mar:  07 14 21 28
Feb:  07 14 21 28
Jan:  03 10 17 24 31

2013

Dec:  06 13 20 27
Nov:  01 08 15 22 29
Oct:   04 11 18 25
Sep:  06  13 20 27
Aug:  02 08 16 23 30
July:  05 12 19 26
Jun:  07 14 21 28
May:  03 10 17 24 31
Apr:  05 12 19 26
Mar:  01 08 15 22 29
Feb:  01 08 15 22
Jan:  04 11 18 25

2012

Dec:  07 14 21 28
Nov:  02 09 16 23 30
Oct:  05 12 19 26
Sep:  07 14 21 28
Aug:  03 10 17 24 31
July:  06 13 20 27
Jun:  01 08 15 22 29
May:  04 11 18 25
Apr:  06 13 20 27
Mar:  02 09 16 23 30
Feb:  03 10 17 24
Jan:  06 13 20 27

2011

Dec:  02 09 16 23 30
Nov:  04 11 18 25
Oct:  07 14 21 28
Sep:  02 09 16 23 30
Aug:  05 12 19 26
July:  01 08 15 22 29
Jun:  03 10 17 24
May:  06 13 20 27
APR:  01 08 15 21 29
MAR:  04 11 18 25
Feb:  04 11 18 25
Jan:  07 14 21 28

2010

Dec:  03 10 17 24 31
Nov:  04 12 19 26 
Oct:  01 08 15 22 29
Sep:  03 09 17 24
Aug:  06 13 20 27
Jul:  02 09 16 23 30
Jun:  04 11 18 25
May:  07 14 21 28
Apr:  01 09 16 23 30 
Mar:  05 12 19 26
Feb:  05 15 19 26
Jan:  08 15 22 29

2009

Sep 7 11 18 25
Oct:  01 09 16 23 30
Nov:  06 13 20 27
Dec:  04 11 18 24 31

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