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Australian farmers learn about demand-driven rural interventions

The visitors are all ears as they learn about low-cost soil and rainwater conservation and groundwater recharge systems.

The visitors are all ears as they learn about low-cost soil and rainwater conservation and groundwater recharge systems.

A group of 17 farmers from Australia visited ICRISAT and a few other sites on 9 July 2018 to better understand the science-led interventions that are changing the face of agriculture in the region. They also visited the Adarsha Watershed project in Kothapally and spent time interacting with the farmers and women’s self-help group members.

The farmers there informed them how increased water availability had helped them achieve higher crop yields  and diversify into high value crops like vegetables and flowers.

Women’s SHG members explain how using brewery waste (spent malt) as cattle feed has boosted livestock productivity and incomes.

Women’s SHG members explain how using brewery waste (spent malt) as cattle feed has boosted livestock productivity and incomes.

Benefits of watershed projects displayed via posters in Kothapally. Photos: DS Prasad Rao, ICRISAT

Benefits of watershed projects displayed via posters in Kothapally. Photos: DS Prasad Rao, ICRISAT

Visiting farmers listen to Ms Joanna Kane-Potaka, Asst. Director General, talk about ICRISAT’s mission for smallholder farmers in the semi-arid tropics. Photo: PS Rao, ICRISAT

Visiting farmers listen to Ms Joanna Kane-Potaka, Asst. Director General, talk about ICRISAT’s mission for smallholder farmers in the semi-arid tropics. Photo: PS Rao, ICRISAT

Announcement

ICRISAT Data Hackathon in Malawi on 23-24 July 2018

Making high-quality research datasets openly accessible under FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable) principles is of key importance for visibility of our research and making donors more confident about their investments. To help more staff members get together, learn, network and compete constructively, ICRISAT’s Statistics, Bioinformatics and Data Management (SBDM) team is organizing a series of Data Hackathons.

The second edition of the series is being organized for our colleagues in Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) and Western and Central Africa (WCA) at Lilongwe, Malawi during 23-24 July 2018. Winners get to take home several awards including a fully-funded opportunity to participate at the CGIAR Big Data Convention 2018.

The first data hackathon in this series was conducted during 15-16 March 2018 at ICRISAT-India. Participants submitted quality data with CG core metadata standards for open access and made them available as global public goods.

This is an ongoing initiative, and will continue till ICRISAT research data becomes fully open, and gets global recognition to our research efforts.

Welcoming Dr Said Silim as ICRISAT Fellow

Dr Said N Silim, eminent crop physiologist and agricultural development specialist from Tanzania, has recently been appointed an ICRISAT Fellow.

Dr Silim was with ICRISAT from 1990 to 2013, in various capacities – from Principal Scientist (Cereals and legumes), through Country Representative (Kenya), to Director, Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA).

He was deeply involved in the Pigeonpea Improvement Project in ESA, which was instrumental in substantially increasing the area of pigeonpea cultivation, productivity and popularity as a major export crop in Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. Dr Silim was part of the team that won two CGIAR King Baudouin Awards – in 1998 for pigeonpea improvement, and in 2002 for chickpea development. After leaving ICRISAT in 2013, Dr Silim was the Coordinator, Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) Regional Program at ICARDA (International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas).

Dr Silim is known for his resource mobilization, management and coordination skills that help projects to develop and deliver science-backed solutions to help smallholder farmers in the drylands of Africa.

Through ICRISAT’s honorary Fellowships, experienced scientists, in a mentoring role, share their valuable knowledge and skills with others at ICRISAT. The Fellowships, generally of one year’s duration, are awarded by the Director General.

In the media

Bringing traditional grains back in vogue: Biofortified sorghum debuts in India

Amid concerns of rising carbon dioxide levels sapping nutrients from crops, “Parbhani Shakti”, India’s first biofortified sorghum variety with enhanced zinc and iron, offers hope in tackling undernutrition and preserving food value in the face of climate change. Read more here…

Integrating institutional enabling factors can provide a new avenue to scaling up climate-smart agriculture

Published recently in the scientific journal Sustainability, the study entitled Institutional Perspectives of Climate-Smart Agriculture: A Systematic Literature Review explored to what extent institutional factors are addressed in peer-reviewed literature on climate-smart agriculture (CSA) at the global scale. Read more here…

CSR: Fighting Malnutrition Among Farmers

Walmart Foundation in partnership with International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropic (ICRISAT) has initiated a two year project that will move over 6000 farmers in Andhra Pradesh to an improved business model for better value chains and better incomes.
Read more here…

New Publications

Effects of image pansharpening on soil total nitrogen prediction models in South India

Authors: Xu Y, Smith SE, Grunwald S, Abd-Elrahman A  and Wani SP

Published: 2018, Geoderma (TSI), 320. pp. 52-66. ISSN 00167061

http://oar.icrisat.org/10524/

Estimation of Aflatoxin Content in Chilli Samples Collected from Cold Storage and Market

Authors: Guru Prasad GR, Naik MK, Sudini H, Sunkad G, Bheemanna H and Shankergoud I

Published: 2018, International Journal of Current Microbiology and Applied Sciences, 7 (2). pp. 3228-3232. ISSN 23197692

http://oar.icrisat.org/10525/

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