ICRISAT is proud to be celebrating its golden jubilee in 2022 and with it fifty years of scientific research. Our advances in agricultural and social science continue to transform dryland communities across Asia and Africa by reducing poverty, hunger, malnutrition, and environmental degradation.
Since 1972, ICRISAT has worked tirelessly on behalf of the 2.1 billion people who call the drylands home. These are regions that exhibit some of the harshest and most unforgiving conditions and lowest human development outcomes to be found anywhere on the planet.
And while the world continues to grapple with climate change, geopolitical shifts and pandemics, there sadly remains one constant that incrementally increases with each new shock – hunger. Tragically women and children are most affected. In answer to these challenges, ICRISAT has delivered landmark varietal releases of crops across Asia and Africa vital to food security in order to register sustainable impacts in improving dryland agri-food systems and make farming more profitable.
The awarding of the Africa Food Prize 2021 to ICRISAT is but one of several valued accolades that validates our approach to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals and with it a brighter future for dryland communities.
Our success has been one defined by partnerships – people, organisations and nations of goodwill working in unison for a common goal. We thank our partners, funders and supporters, whose unwavering confidence in us, have spurred this journey spanning five decades. As we look to the next 50 years, we take this special occasion to invite you to partner with us through some of the opportunities below.
Dr Jacqueline d’Arros Hughes
Director General, ICRISAT
Sponsorship packages have been specially designed to provide opportunities for sponsors to:
For details regarding available sponsorship slots and other partnership opportunities at ICRISAT 50 events, contact Senior Scientific Officer Mr. Nilesh Mishra M.Nilesh@cgiar.org
The conference aims to bring global experts from research, academia, industry, policymakers and NGOs to brainstorm the way forward and coalesce new and innovative approaches and scientific innovations to address the challenges faced in the drylands.
ICRISAT is holding an international conference “Innovations to Transform Drylands” from the 21-23 February 2023 at its headquarters in Hyderabad, India. The conference will bring together global experts from research, academia, industry, policymakers and NGOs to coalesce new and innovative approaches and scientific innovation to capitalize on the opportunities while addressing the challenges inherent in the drylands.
Why the Drylands?
Drylands cover about 41% of the earth’s land surface and are inhabited by more than 2 billion people who rank among the poorest of the poor globally. Poverty, food insecurity, malnutrition, frequent drought, and environmental degradation are widespread features of the drylands and adversely impact those who live there. About 60% of the total arable land in South Asia is classified as dryland, while the corresponding figure for sub-Saharan Africa is around 70%.
The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified the challenges inherent in these regions and has disrupted global efforts to achieve the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which envisions addressing food and agriculture security, livelihoods and the management of natural resources among other SDGs. This urgent situation calls for sustainable efforts to transform dryland agriculture and with it the livelihoods of millions through new frameworks of cooperation, partnerships and innovations.
This year ICRISAT is celebrating its golden jubilee. For fifty years ICRISAT has been a global leader in agricultural science which has positively impacted millions of people who call the drylands home.
Our 50th anniversary was inaugurated by the Honorable Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, and other dignitaries in early February 2022. ICRISAT with its five decades of scientific legacy and impact is well positioned to significantly deliver tomorrow’s solutions, today. We invite you to join us on our journey for the next fifty years.
Victor Afari-Sefa (Conference Secretariat)
International Conference on Innovations to Transform Drylands
ICRISAT, Patancheru, Hyderabad,
Telangana, India, 502324
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ICRISAT will also be staging Agripark 2023 – a one-day globally reaching exhibition to showcase innovations in dryland agriculture. ICRISAT invites applications from interested exhibitors working in dryland agri-food systems from seed companies, processing companies, NGOs, food producers, farm machinery manufacturers, research organizations, agritech companies and associated organisation to not only be a part of this exciting exhibition but to showcase your brand to the world!
For more information on this opportunity, please contact the Director of Communications Ramon Peachey on R.Peachey@cgiar.org
# Any other donation amount is welcome.
In celebration and recognition of our 50 years of work in the drylands since 1972, ICRISAT is seeking to raise $50 for the 50 years of impact that we along with our partners and donors have made to the lives of the poorest of the poor.
We call it $50 for 50 but we know it to be so much more – as in 2022 with the global challenges upon us all, every dollar will go to work in combatting hunger and malnutrition, especially for women and children.
As a global knowledge leader that has delivered several agricultural world firsts, our success has and continues to be undergirded by your generosity.
As a valued ICRISAT supporter we invite you to donate $50 to celebrate 50 years of impact (or any amount which will be gratefully received and acknowledged).
Your donation will help us continue to deliver the scientific advances that are reducing poverty, hunger, malnutrition and environmental degradation. Should you opt in, your name or organisation’s name will be added to the 50th anniversary page of a new ICRISAT website to showcase your support.
Every dollar of your donation will go towards ICRISAT’s work in delivering those scientific advances that continue to transform dryland farming communities across Asia and Africa.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched ICRISAT’s 50 year anniversary celebrations on 5th February 2022.
As part of this year-long celebration, ICRISAT has organized a roundtable discussion on 28th Mar 2022 at ICRISAT HQ in Hyderabad, India (1 pm IST – 2:15 pm IST)
The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is a pioneering, international scientific research for development organization, specializing in improving dryland farming and agri-food systems. The Institute was established in 1972, by a consortium led by the Ford and Rockefeller Foundation and with the support from the Government of India. ICRISAT works with global partners to develop innovative science-backed solutions to overcoming hunger, malnutrition, poverty and environmental degradation on behalf of the 2.1 billion people who reside in the drylands of Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.