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CGIAR Executive Managing Director Commends ICRISAT's Work in Dryland Agriculture

CGIAR Executive Managing Director Commends ICRISAT's Work in Dryland Agriculture

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Dr Ismahane Elouafi, Executive Managing Director of CGIAR, visited the ICRISAT Headquarters in Hyderabad, India, from January 30-31. During her visit, she commended the organization’s pioneering efforts in tackling the growing challenges of dryland agriculture in the face of escalating global temperatures.

"When we talk about drylands or ecosystems that are more difficult for agriculture, ICRISAT, as an organization, comes to mind as a center that has produced great science and innovation throughout the last 50-plus years," said Dr Elouafi.

During the two-day visit, Dr Elouafi engaged extensively with ICRISAT's leadership team, toured research facilities, and participated in a special town hall session with staff members in India and across Africa.

Dr Jacqueline Hughes, Director General of ICRISAT, warmly received Dr Elouafi at the campus and underscored the collaborative efforts between CGIAR and ICRISAT in addressing the multifaceted challenges of dryland agriculture.

"ICRISAT is delighted to contribute significantly to the mission of the One CGIAR. Our journey is grounded in science, innovation, and inclusivity with a commitment to sustainable agriculture in the drylands.
"Together, we will continue to sow the seeds of progress, nurturing a future where agriculture thrives and communities flourish in Asia, Africa and beyond," said Dr Hughes.

(Clockwise from top: Dr Elouafi at the Rapid Generation Advancement Facility, listening to a presentation on farm mechanization, at the Genebank's seed laboratory and at the Center of Excellence on Climate Change for Plant Protection)

A highlight of the visit was Dr Elouafi's participation in the "Tribal Women Millet Conclave Event," organized by the Agribusiness and Innovation Platform. At the event, Dr Elouafi had the opportunity to meet tribal women farmers from Telangana, Odisha, and Assam states of India, showcasing traditional millet products crafted by tribal women Self Help Groups (SHGs). Through this interaction, Dr Elouafi gained valuable insights into ICRISAT's initiatives to empower women farmers and SHGs in the millet value chain.

Watch the video for Dr Elouafi's thoughts on ICRISAT.

This work aligns with SDG 17
This work aligns with SDG 17
Tahira Carter
Tahira Carter Communications Lead for Asia and Africa



About The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics

The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is a pioneering International Organization committed to developing and improving dryland farming and agri-food systems to address the challenges of hunger, malnutrition, poverty, and environmental degradation affecting the 2.1 billion people residing in the drylands of Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and beyond.

ICRISAT was established under a Memorandum of Agreement between the Government of India and the CGIAR on the 28 March 1972. In accordance with the Headquarters Agreement, the Government of India has extended the status of a specified “International Organisation” to ICRISAT under section 3 of the United Nations (Privileges and Immunities) Act, 1947 of the Republic of India through Extraordinary Gazette Notification No. UI/222(66)/71, dated 28 October 1972, issued by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.

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