28) ICRISAT signs MOU with Crop and Food Research, New Zealand

The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and Crop and Food Research, a Crown Research Institute of New Zealand, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) recently, in Lincoln, New Zealand, which would mutually benefit India and New Zealand in crop science research.

The MOU, which was signed earlier by ICRISAT Director General William Dar and was carried to New Zealand by the joint ICRISAT-Government of Andhra Pradesh delegation, was countersigned by Crop and Food Research CEO Mark Ward.

According to Dr William Dar, the collaboration will strengthen the partnership between ICRISAT and New Zealandís national research institutes, and will leverage mutual strengths in agriculture and food science research.

Both organizations will work together to develop the proposed Bio Food Knowledge Center (BFKC) at the Agri-Science Park within ICRISAT. Early discussions have identified many opportunities to leverage New Zealandís world-class agri science for the benefit of progressing ICRISATís mission and goals and significantly accelerate the commissioning of the BFKC.

The signing of the MOU is one of the key outcomes from a joint ICRISAT and Government of Andhra Pradesh delegation currently visiting New Zealand. The delegation also met with two prominent Cabinet Ministers, Honorable Pete Hodgson, Minister of Research, Science and Technology, Economic Development and Tertiary Education; and Hon Jim Anderton, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry and Biosecurity.

ICRISAT will continue to explore collaboration with other Crown Research Institutes, namely AgResearch and HortResearch.

For further information, contact Dr Barry Shapiro at b(dot)Shapiro(at)cgiar(dot)org or Mr AR Ilyas at a(dot)r(dot)ilyas(at)cgiar(dot)org.

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