The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is an international non-profit organization that undertakes scientific research for development.


Our approach

Our approach is through partnerships and with an Inclusive Market Oriented Development.

Partnerships are critical as ICRISAT takes a catalyst role to help rural communities develop their own solutions and engage
the actors needed to bring the vision to reality.

Inclusive means we are inclusive of the farmers in developing solutions and inclusive of the all people especially women and youth. 

Market Oriented Development means we focus our research and development efforts on making farming profitable,
helping move farmers from subsistence to commercial operators.

Overview of ICRISAT (Video)

Mandate crops

Because we focus on the drylands, we have an extra specialization on crops that survive in these harsh climates.


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For these mandated crops, ICRISAT builds special expertise across the whole value chain – conserving, analyzing, breeding, understanding on- farm management practices, processing and agribusiness opportunities.
We call these Smart Food because they are:
 –Good for you – highly nutritious
Good for the planet – low water footprint, lowers the carbon footprint, good for the soils, use fewer chemicals, etc.
Good for the small holder farmer – survive in the harshest climates, multiple uses, potential to significantly increase yield, untapped demand etc.-

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ICRISAT’s contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals

Click a box to read about each goal


Our capabilities

Multidisciplinary high-class science

From natural resource management, genetics, bioinformatics and phenotyping to economics and social sciences.

On the ground in Africa and Asia

With offices in Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Ethiopia,  Zimbabwe and India.

Strong networks

As we work in partnership at all levels – local, national, regional and international.

Participatory methods

Have been developed and are used as part of our work, involving the farmers through to the government and private industry where change is needed.

Recognized as independent

As an international non-profit organization that has worked in Africa and Asia for over 40 years, our scientific credibility and non-partisan approach are well recognized.

Annual Report 2019
Interactive version (PDF)

WCA Research Highlights 2018
English / French

ICRISAT’s 45-year timeline

Science of discovery to science of delivery

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