8) ICRISAT to re-establish center in Nigeria

The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) will soon re-establish its center in Nigeria. This intent was formalized through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed with the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN).

ICRISAT Director General Dr William D Dar and the Executive Director of ARCN, Dr BY Abubakar, signed the MOU recently. The Chair of ICRISAT’s Governing Board, Dr Stein Bie, was present during the signing function.

ARCN will facilitate ICRISAT’s re-establishment in Nigeria through this MOU. ICRISAT had research collaboration with the Nigerian Government since 1987, with a research center at Kano, which was later closed down. According to Dr Dar, the MOU will strengthen collaboration with Nigeria, and with the re-established Center ICRISAT scientists and their counterparts from the national agricultural research system of Nigeria will be able to work together closely on agricultural research. This will be a boost to collaborative research in Nigeria and neighboring regions.

Under the MOU, ARCN and ICRISAT will implement joint research programs in Nigeria; ensure mutual cooperation and collaboration among scientists; facilitate exchange of germplasm, breeding material, scientific information and techniques; and also focus on capacity development.

ICRISAT will initiate a regional research and training program on its mandate crops (mainly sorghum and millet) and natural resource management in West and Central Africa from a central base in Nigeria.

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