7)ICRISAT Signs MOU with the International Water Management Institute (September 2000)

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to initiate cooperative activities in natural resou rce management and policy research on water resources was signed between the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) on 29 September 2000 at ICRISAT, Patancheru.

The cooperative activities between the two international sister institutes will include, among others:

  • Joint planning meetings
  • Joint appointments of IWMI and ICRISAT scientists in appropriate locations.
  • Joint research
  • Exchange of scientists for lectures, seminars, and training courses
  • Holding in trust of IWMI funds by ICRISAT to support research work in India
  • Sharing of information, administrative, and support services in India
  • Co-sponsoring of seminars, conferences, and workshops, as necessary

The agreement will last for an initial duration of 5 years. Preliminary work plan will commence in the areas of a regional programmatic integration in South Asia, watershed management research in India and in Southern Africa, and a comprehensive assessment of water management in agriculture.

The MOU was signed by Dr. William D. Dar, Director General of ICRISAT, and Dr. Frank Rijsberman, Director General of IWMI, a research organization based in Sri Lanka, focusing on the use of water in agriculture and on the water needs of developing countries.

Dr. Tushaar Shah, IWMI Research Leader, Policy Institutions and Management Global Programs; Dr. Jill Lenné, ICRISAT Deputy Director General; and Mr. S. Parthasarathy, ICRISAT Assistant Director General were present at the signing ceremony.s

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