A Master Alliance Agreement (MAA) was signed between Peter Carberry, Director General (Acting), ICRISAT, and Tom Greene, Senior Research Director, Corteva Agriscience™. The technology sharing includes CRISPR-Cas gene editing, adapting transformation techniques to new crops, and applying knowledge of plant biochemical pathways with the goal of productivity and quality improvements for crops that feed millions of people. DuPont Pioneer, now part of Corteva Agriscience™, will provide access to intellectual property, material and know-how related to CRISPR-Cas and plant transformation.
Bhoochetana, an initiative that has transformed lives of several million farmers in Karnataka, is now being launched in Odisha. The Department of Agriculture, Government of Odisha–and the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) joined hands and signed a Memorandum of Agreement today to potentially benefit 4.35 million farmers in the state.