08) ICRISAT Forms South-South Initiative to Fight Poverty in the Drylands (24 March 2011)

New Delhi, India, 23 March 2011 – The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) announces today the formation of the ICRISAT South-South Initiative (IS-SI) to boost India-Africa partnership on agricultural research-for-development to fight poverty in the drylands.

“IS-SI will build upon ICRISAT’s already strong and successful India-Africa partnerships to scale up its role as driver of prosperity and economic opportunities in the dryland tropics,” said Dr Nigel Poole, Chairman of ICRISAT Governing Board.

Addressing some 40 participants of the India-Africa Roundtable on Agriculture for Development held in New Delhi, Dr Poole explained that IS-SI will provide the platform for focused and systematic international partnerships critical for a more effective and inclusive development cooperation between the two continents.

Every 1 USD spent on international agricultural research leads to a return on investment of 9 USD worth of economic value in developing countries. Dr William Dar, ICRISAT Director General, said that IS-SI will open more opportunities for increased financial and technical support and enhanced public-private-people partnerships on research-for-development. “The initiative will also see better policies, more effective institutions, improved infrastructure, and better access to markets and to higher quality inputs particularly for dryland farmers in India and Africa,” he added.

“We welcome and appreciate very much this initiative to enhance South-South partnership between India and Africa,” expressed Dr S Ayyappan, Director General of the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR), during the meeting.


For further information, please contact:

Dr William Dar
Director General, ICRISAT
Patancheru 502324
Andhra Pradesh, India
Tel: +91 40 30713071
Fax: +91 40 30713074 & 82

Email: W.Dar@cgiar.org

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