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ICRISAT Hosts Technology Commercialization Training for African Nations with Support from the Government of India

ICRISAT Hosts Technology Commercialization Training for African Nations with Support from the Government of India

Media Release

Hyderabad, February 11, 2024 - The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) yesterday concluded a highly impactful two-week training program aimed at fostering innovation and technology commercialization in African nations. Representatives from 11 African countries participated in the intensive learning experience from January 29 to February 10, 2024.

The event, made possible through the generous support of the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) program under the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India, commenced with an inaugural address by Ms Snehaja Jonnalagadda, Chief of the MEA Branch Secretariat in Hyderabad, on January 29, 2024.

Ms Snehaja Jonnalagadda (center right) inaugurates training course on January 29, 2024
Ms Snehaja Jonnalagadda (center right) inaugurates training course on January 29, 2024

Highlighting the significance of the event, a valedictory ceremony was held on February 9, 2024, where participants were bestowed with certificates.

In her remarks, Dr Jacqueline Hughes, Director General of ICRISAT, lauded the diverse expertise brought forth by participants, representing various ministries and national institutes of science, technology, and agriculture across their respective nations.

Dr Hughes expressed gratitude to the Ministry of External Affairs of the Government of India for their support and underscored the importance of safeguarding intellectual assets, particularly from a legal standpoint.

Dr Deepanwita Chattopadhyay, Chairperson and CEO of IKP Knowledge Park in Hyderabad, also addressed the gathering and presented certificates to the participants.

In her address, Dr Chattopadhyay emphasized the imperative of leveraging the training received, particularly as many participants hold pivotal roles in negotiations within their countries.

Dr Suryamani Tripathi welcomes Dr Deepanwita Chattopadhyay with a token of appreciation
Dr Suryamani Tripathi welcomes Dr Deepanwita Chattopadhyay with a token of appreciation
Dr Chattopadhyay highlighted the importance of strategic planning in negotiations, urging participants to prioritize opportunities that serve the best interests of their nations.

Dr Suryamani Tripathi, Global Head – Legal Services at ICRISAT, and Dr. Padmaja Ravula, Coordinator of ICRISAT’s Dryland Academy, emphasized the role of participants as ambassadors for their countries and advocated for the continuation of the invaluable network established during the training.

Participant from Chad, Mr Koye Yani Bolongar, interacts with ICRISAT Director General, Dr Jacqueline Hughes
Participant from Chad, Mr Koye Yani Bolongar, interacts with ICRISAT Director General, Dr Jacqueline Hughes

Speaking on behalf of all participants, Mr. Koye Yani Bolongar from Chad expressed heartfelt gratitude to the Ministry of External Affairs of the Government of India, ITEC, and ICRISAT for the enriching training experience.

Mr Bolongar envisioned the program as a catalyst for strengthening India-Africa relations and fostering robust technology sharing and transfer initiatives.
Reflecting on the transformative nature of the sessions, Maria Goyayi from Tanzania underscored an enhanced appreciation for Africa's untapped potential.
Participants engage in a group discussion as part of the training course
Participants engage in a group discussion as part of the training course

The two-week training program concluded with a vote of thanks delivered by Ms Sravanthi Vedula, Senior Officer, Innovation Management at ICRISAT, expressing appreciation for the collaborative efforts that made the training a resounding success.

This work aligns with SDG 17.
This work aligns with SDG 17.
Gender and Youth Skills Transfer Eastern and Southern Africa West & Central 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.

Our offices:

Asia: India (Headquarters - Hyderabad)

East and Southern Africa:  Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe

West and Central Africa: Mali, Niger, Nigeria

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The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics
Hyderabad, Telangana, India