12) ICRISAT scientists key to better livelihoods in the drylands (25 September 2012)

Hyderabad, India, 25 September 2012 – As part of its 40th founding anniversary celebrations this week, the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) held a Loyalty Day today to honor staff for their dedicated service to the Institute.

Led by Board Chair Nigel Poole, members of ICRISAT’s Governing Board and management gave awards to more than 100 staff who rendered five to forty years of service to the Institute.  Loyalty Days are held every year where ICRISAT recognizes employees as part of enhancing and sustaining staff morale.  

In his address to the staff, Professor Nigel Poole, declared, “We are on an unrelenting journey in the quest for better livelihoods for the poor in the drylands. It is imperative for us to embrace new ways of thinking and doing things through an inclusive process of cultural change.”

He further said, “We were able to surmount formidable challenges because of your dedication and loyalty to the institute. As a result, the fruits of your hard work are now being enjoyed by millions of smallholder farmers in the drylands.”

In extolling Team ICRISAT, Director General William Dar said, “Great teams have great depth. When we are winning, nothing hurts. Winners pay the price: excellence, relevance, influence, dedication. These are all on the price tag of ICRISAT.”    

Capped by the theme “A journey to prosperity in the dryland tropics,” the week-long celebration began with a science symposium on Monday attended by about 100 international agriculture experts, partners and scientists.  The science symposium served as a forum for presentations and group discussion on how smallholder farming can help feed the world and promote economic growth.

ICRISAT’s 67th Governing Board meeting will also be held later this week as part of the anniversary celebrations.      Founded in 1972, ICRISAT is the only global agricultural research-for-development Center dedicated to the semi-arid tropics. Hosted by India, ICRISAT has six other stations strategically located in the semi-arid areas of sub-Saharan Africa. 

ICRISAT belongs to a consortium of 15 Centers supported by the CGIAR.

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