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President of Niger commends ICRISAT on its world-class research and facilities

President of Niger commends ICRISAT on its world-class research and facilities

High-level visit

H.E Mohamed Bazoum, President of the Republic of Niger, on his recent visit to the ICRISAT Sadoré Station commended the Institute for its impressive work in contributing to food and nutrition security in Niger and maintaining a world-class genebank.

Briefing on millet varieties in the region: Prof Falalou Hamidou, Country Representative of Niger, ICRISAT, welcomed the President and briefed him on the major pearl millet and sorghum varieties released in the Sahelian countries through ICRISAT collaborative research initiatives with the National Agricultural Research System (NARS). The President appreciated the impact of ICRISAT’s work in improving crop and livestock productivity in Niger and most of the Sahelian countries.

Visit to the genebank: ​ Prof Falalou briefed the President on the regional genebank’s major activities and strategic importance in West and Central African Region and walked him through the genetic diversity displayed by the Niamey Regional Genebank.

Whilst visiting the seed laboratory and the newly established seed health unit, the President enquired about seed quality tests and the link with national seed systems.

"The genebank seed laboratory plays a complementary role in the national seed certification system. ICRISAT trains most of the national seed analysts and also conducts various laboratory seed tests for NARS partners," said Prof Falalou.

President Bazoum said he was impressed by the storage capacity of the genebank and the fact that it meets FAO standards on genebanks’ activities by implementing 11 Standard Operating Procedures.

Briefing on ICRISAT activities: Prof Falalou also briefed the President on ICRISAT’s work on restoring degraded lands, crop-livestock integration, integrated pest management and rural youth entrepreneurship.

The President’s visit to ICRISAT on 21 October 2022 culminated with the planting of a date palm tree at the research station.

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

Banner image: H.E Mohamed Bazoum, President of the Republic of Niger examines the millet diversity on display.

Prof  Falalou showcasing the Institute's impacts.
Prof ​ Falalou showcasing the Institute's impacts.
The President of Niger culminated his visit by planting a date palm at the research station.
The President of Niger culminated his visit by planting a date palm at the research station.

 

 

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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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