37) World Bank Vice President Commends ICRISAT's Close Working Relationship with Research and Development Partners (February 2001)

After a very busy schedule of visits to facilities at the Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture (CRIDA), ICRISAT, and the Kothapally watersheds on 10 and 11 February 2001, Mr. Ian Johnson, World Bank Vice President and Chairman of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) said, “What I saw at ICRISAT was really very encouraging. More than any CGIAR Center I have seen, ICRISAT has developed a very close relationship with its partners.”

During his interactions with the various stakeholders, Mr Johnson commended the fine quality of research carried out at ICRISAT, highlighting the strong partnerships that ICRISAT has developed with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), the NGOs, the private sector, the village community, and the local government.

Describing his visit to ICRISAT as “wonderful”, he said that it demonstrated “the value of partnerships, research and action in the field as well as the dedication of ICRISAT staff to small and poor farmers."

“I was really impressed with the degree of ownership that the State Government has exhibited towards ICRISAT. I think this is a very promising way of building the kind of alliance that the CGIAR has to develop in the future,” Mr Johnson said, after he had an audience with the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Mr. Chandrababu Naidu.

The Chief Secretary of Andhra Pradesh, Mr. P V Rao, had earlier welcomed Mr Ian Johnson on behalf of the Chief Minister to visit various facilities in Hyderabad. He reaffirmed the State Government's appreciation to ICRISAT for dealing in a proactive manner with a virus epidemic on groundnut cultivation and with drought in the State.

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