UK Minister Lord Ahmad visits ICRISAT, discusses climate action

(left to right) High Commissioner Ellis, Lord Ahmad and Dr Jacqueline Hughes, Director General, ICRISAT, up on the arrival of the UK delegation at ICRISAT.
World Pulses Day

Climate-smart pigeonpea sparks phenomenal expansion across Malawi

Newly launched millet food finder shows a revolution is underway

Use of scientific evidence for greater partnerships and better policies

Mr Alhaji Sabo Nanono, Minister, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Nigeria at the opening session of Nigerian Policy Debriefing. Photo: A Diama, ICRISAT

Aflatoxin rapid detection technology wins Big Data Inspire Challenge 2020

New study: CGIAR innovations reach nearly 80% of Ethiopia’s rural households

Farmers in Mali, who volunteered to grow climate-resilient and locally adapted varieties of sorghum, pearl millet, groundnut and cowpea crops under the UE-APSAN-Mali project, demonstrated the superior features of their crops during a field visit by other farmers, seed producers and local officials.

Usman Kadir and his family are growing maize and wheat varieties suitable for drought- and disease-affected areas in Ethiopia. Photo: A Habtamu, ILRI

CGIAR Research Pays Off: New Report Finds 10 Times Return on Investment

Investments in CGIAR research generate returns of 10 times the amount invested, a new report has found. The report, commissioned by the Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) Foundation, found a 10 to 1 benefit-cost ratio on CGIAR investments of $60 billion in present value terms over almost five decades.

Launch of the ICRISAT Annual Report 2019

COVID-19 Update from ICRISAT

ICRISAT is well positioned to significantly contribute, in the short, medium and long terms, towards restoring food security in the drylands, during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond
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Overcoming poverty & hunger

Reducing malnutrition

Preventing environmental degradation

A call to Evolve

Treading new paths to find efficient solutions has been part of ICRISAT’s work ethic and it continues to undergird our work as we face the ‘new normal’. This edition of the Annual Report reflects this spirit and brings to you path-breaking initiatives and the major impacts in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia with spillover benefits in other countries. A Quick Stats sheet will assist you in gauging the work across the Sustainable Development Goals and will see you surfing the big numbers – thousands of seed samples shared, millions of hectares covered, and a hundred million reached through various initiatives. A handy lift-out on modernizing breeding will walk you through the biggest initiative of 2019. Dedicated sections in the report will acquaint you with milestones achieved by the research programs, the CRP Grain Legumes and Dryland Cereals led by ICRISAT, the Smart Food initiative and of course, the important finances, human resources and other corporate details.

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ICRISAT’s 45th anniversary timeline and ‘my wish’ for the drylands

The 45 years were all about finding every opportunity to improve the lives of smallholder farmers in the drylands of Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

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With 2023 adopted as the UN International Year of Millets, Smart Food and ICRISAT bring you a series of expert talks and discussions on food trends, opportunities and driving markets for smart foods including millets and sorghum. See:

Rural households reached
Farmers trained
156,282 ha
Area planted to improved varieties

Sustainable Development Goals


ICRISAT 45 Years



Bhoochetana Timeline

Large scale farming Adoption


Centre of Excellence in Genomics (2007-2017)

A Timeline


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