10) ICRISAT rated outstanding among CGIAR Centers

The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) has been rated ‘Outstanding' for its performance in 2006 among the 15 international agricultural research centers under the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

The rating is based on the results of the performance measurement system developed by the CGIAR and the World Bank, which takes into account how each of the CGIAR Centers fared with regards to outputs, impact, quality and relevance of research, institutional and financial health, and stakeholder perception.

Outstanding is the highest rating and this entitles ICRISAT for a funding support of US$ 2.4 million during 2007 from the World Bank.

The World Bank is one of the important members among the more than 60 donors who constitute the CGIAR. The Bank also hosts the CGIAR Secretariat at Washington DC, USA.

“This is great news, and a well-deserved recognition for the hard work of the leadership and Team ICRISAT,” said Dr Simon Best, Chair of the ICRISAT Governing Board.

According to Dr William D Dar, Director General of ICRISAT, the achievement was possible due to the strategic guidance and support of the Governing Board, quality science, judicious management and hard work of all members of Team ICRISAT both from Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Alliance of the CGIAR Centers is the largest network of public-funded international agricultural research institutes that help increase agricultural productivity in developing countries, thereby reducing poverty.

ICRISAT focuses its efforts on improving agricultural productivity in the semi-arid tropical areas of 48 developing countries of Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

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