Category Archives: Drylands


Learning from farmers

On 28-30 April ICRISAT participated in the National Trade Fair: Organics and Millets, organised by Govt of Karnataka where Dr Bergvinson interacted with Karnataka Agriculture Minister Mr Krishna Byre Gowda and other stakeholders. Watch Dr David Bergvinson talk about how millets can create economic opportunities for rural communities, entrepreneurs and youth. He also visited Tumkur district in the state and interacted with youth to understand how the science community can support them to be successful entrepreneurs.

ICRISAT’s science of delivery in 2016 and looking forward to 2017

In his end of the year message ICRISAT’s Director General David Bergvinson highlights the achievements of the institute in 2016, the UN’s Year of Pulses, across Asia and Africa. He also talks about the urgency and goals to aim for in 2017 to meet the SDGs as there’s still a lot of work to be done and we need to come together to achieve them.

India Country Integration for faster delivery of science to farmers with greater impact

This week I was joined in New Delhi, India by CGIAR centers’ leaders and national program partners including our most important partner and host ICAR that was represented by the new Director General Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra as well as ICAR’s Deputy Director General of Crops Dr. JS Sandhu.

Photo: Purushottam

Photo: Purushottam

The gathering was to discuss site integration in India, which is part of the CGIAR’s larger efforts to identify national priorities and planned activities so we can align our CGIAR Research Program (CRP) proposals to support demand-driven innovation and effectiveness by optimizing our resources for impact in India through site integration plans. Read more

Equal role for women in agriculture

Ms Beatrice Ngongonda (extreme left), a pigeonpea farmer in Salima, Malawi. Photo: ICRISAT

Ms Beatrice Ngongonda (extreme left), a pigeonpea farmer in Salima, Malawi. Photo: ICRISAT

This past weekend I had the privilege to meet and learn from women farmers in northern Mozambique and Salima District of Malawi. I was so impressed and proud that ICRISAT technologies, such as improved groundnut, pigeonpea and more recently sorghum varieties, are empowering women to earn more income. This in turn is giving women control over their financial resources so they can send their children to school and improve the nutrition of their families. Read more

Contribution to Global Food Security

Picture of ICRISAT shipment containers in the Svalbard vault

Picture of ICRISAT shipment containers in the Svalbard vault

Many of you may have seen news reports a few weeks ago of the first significant withdrawal of seeds from the so called “Doomsday Vault” – the Svalbard Global Seed Vault  supervised by the Norwegian government on behalf of the rest of the world – which stores seeds from nearly all the known essential food crops on the planet as a backup in the event of a global crisis or environmental catastrophe.

This withdrawal occurred when ICARDA – which was forced in 2012 to move its base from Aleppo in Syria to Lebanon – requested the return of some of the germplasm it had previously placed in the vault and no longer has access to in the region. Read more