36) Collaboration between Australia and ICRISAT Reinforced (February 2001)

The long-standing collaboration between Australia and ICRISAT to reduce poverty in the semi-arid tropics through agricultural research was reinforced by the visit of Dr. John Skerritt, Deputy Director (Research and Development), Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) on 12 February.

ICRISAT researchers discussed with Dr Skerritt the status of projects supported by ACIAR. In India, ICRISAT has been conducting several ACIAR-funded projects mainly in partnership with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).

For example, ICRISAT and ICAR have been participating in the ACIAR-supported project on the development of drought-resistant groundnuts. They have also been collaborating with the NGO – Agriculture Man Ecology - in the project on environment-friendly management of white grubs, a major pest of groundnut.

ACIAR is also supporting an ICRISAT partnership-based project on crop modeling.

Recently, several Centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), including ICRISAT, have joined the ACIAR initiative to restore agriculture in war-torn East Timor.

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