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ICRISAT alumnus Prof. Rajeev Varshney to receive the 2022 International Crop Science Award

ICRISAT alumnus Prof. Rajeev Varshney to receive the 2022 International Crop Science Award


Prof. Varshney will receive the prestigious International Crop Science Award from the Crop Science Society of America for his innovation in bringing improvements to crop science, primarily based on his work at ICRISAT during his 17-year tenure.

Each year the Crop Science Society of America honors and celebrates the achievements of crop scientists to recognize excellence and leadership in research, education, industry, and mentorship; and bestows the prestigious designation of Fellow. At the 2022 Annual Meeting at the Awards Breakfast on November 9, Prof. Varshney will receive a personalized poster of the award added to the Awards Hall of Fame in Baltimore, United States.

ICRISAT leadership congratulated Prof. Varshney on winning the award.

“Extremely well deserved. Another big feather in your cap. We are all proud of your achievements,” said Prof. Prabhu Pingali, Chair, Governing Board.
“Congratulations, Rajeev, for the work you did at ICRISAT resulting in this award,” said Dr Jacqueline Hughes, Director General. 


Prof. Varshney thanked the present and previous leadership of ICRISAT for their support and guidance during his tenure.

“I cherish my stint at ICRISAT, working with outstanding researchers and collaborating with partners in Asia and Africa, which is resulting in recognition for me. I will always be a strong supporter of ICRISAT’s impact-oriented research,” said Prof Varshney.


Prof. Varshney’s research at ICRISAT contributed to significant positive impacts on the livelihood of smallholder farmers in many developing countries in Asia and Africa. Late last year, he joined Murdoch University’s Food Futures Institute as Director of the Centre for Crop and Food Innovation. He is also the Director of the State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre at Murdoch and the University’s International Chair in Agriculture and Food Security.

Prof. Varshney has also been invited to deliver a Plenary Talk at the prestigious International Plant and Animal Genome (PAG 30) Conference in San Diego in January next year. Previous speakers at the conference include Noble Laureates and Fellows of Royal Society/ US National Academy of Sciences. In his plenary talk, Prof. Varshney will present his landmark contributions in integrating advanced genome discoveries in crop improvement for delivering climate resilient, high-yielding, and nutritious varieties to industry and farmers.

Banner image: Prof. Rajeev Varshney (far left) with colleagues at ICRISAT.

This work aligns with SDG 17
This work aligns with SDG 17


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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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