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17) Continuing collaboration between Japan and ICRISAT (30 May 2003)

The collaboration between the Japanese Government and the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) will be marked by a visit by Mr Mitsuaki Kinoshita, First Secretary of the Japanese Embassy at New Delhi, who will visit the ICRISAT-Patancheru campus on 29 and 30 May.

According to Dr William Dar, Director General of ICRISAT, the Institute continues to have a very fruitful collaboration with the Japanese Government. He hoped that this collaboration would be strengthened by the visit of Mr Kinoshita.

The Government of Japan and ICRISAT have worked together for almost three decades to bring about agricultural development in Africa and Asia. The Japanese Government has been ICRISAT's third biggest donor over time, contributing over US$ 64 million since 1976.

In recent years, Japanese support to ICRISAT has focused on special projects that bring scientists from the Japan International Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS) to work at the Institute.

In April 2003, a new JIRCAS-ICRISAT project was signed. The five-year project aims at soil fertility preservation through organic matter management and introduction of legumes (for diversifying and enriching the system). The Memorandum of Understanding for this project was signed at Patancheru in March.

ICRISAT also receives Japanese support for collaborative projects for the development of transgenic groundnut and chickpea tolerance for abiotic stresses like heat and drought.

In the past Japanese support has helped the Institute acquire its first electron microscope and also equipment for the genebank. Japanese funding is also responsible for developing an Agro-Climatology project and the Cereals and Legumes Asia Network.

For further information, contact Dr Junichi Kashiwagi at j(dot)kashiwagi(at)cgiar(dot)org.

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