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12) Tata-ICRISAT Tie-up, 27 March, 2002

The Sir Dorabji Tata Trust and the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) concluded a Planning Workshop on Combating land degradation and increasing productivity in Madhya Pradesh and eastern Rajasthan -- an additional project to the ongoing Asian Development Bank funded project on combating land degradation, and increasing productivity and incomes for the rural poor.

The number of stakeholders in this project indicate the great level of interest in solving the problem. Besides the Tata Trust and ICRISAT, also present were representatives from the Bharatiya Agro Industries Foundation (BAIF), the National Remote Sensing Agency (NRSA), the Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya (JNKVV), the Samaj Pragathi Sahayog, the Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture (CRIDA), the Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture, Udaipur, the Andhra Pradesh Rural Livelihood Project. Also present were two international institutes, the International Livestock Research Institute and the International Water Management Institute.

Formally launching the Tata-ICRISAT project, ICRISAT Director General Dr William D Dar emphasized that the work conducted in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan must affect other parts of India and could even be applied to Africa. "Water is considered life," said he, "and when there is no water there is no agriculture and no life." Expressing great hope in the project, he said that the project will help minimize land degradation, and would do much to improve the lives of rural people. The strategy to implement this project will be participatory watershed management adopting a holistic system approach.

In an overview of the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust activities in India, Mr M Gorakshkar mentioned that the Trust has completed 70 years this month. The Trust has expanded from education and health to natural resource management and livelihood generation. Of the three kinds of grants given by the trust, namely Capital, Corpus and Program, ICRISAT has been sanctioned a Program Grant, from which project funding will be made available over the next five years.

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