Monthly Archives: February 2015

The challenges of scaling technology

With partners at the CORAF/WECARD  workshop

With partners at the CORAF/WECARD workshop

This week I joined some 200 people at a workshop on integrated agricultural research for development (IAR4D) – an initiative of the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD).

The aim was to debate and discuss the challenges facing the scaling up and out of technology through innovation platforms to smallholder farmers, including how to foster stronger engagement with the private sector. Read more

Redefining ICRISAT’s culture and values to serve the poor in the dryland tropics

Dr Bergvinson along with participants of the Global Planning Meeting 2015, signing the ICRISAT mission. Over 220 staff from headquarters and other locations took part in the event.

Dr Bergvinson along with participants of the Global Planning Meeting 2015, signing the ICRISAT mission. Over 220 staff from headquarters and other locations took part in the event.

We have an obligation and a moral imperative to contribute to the improvement of the lives of 800 million poorest of the poor in the dryland tropics of the world. We cannot be in a better place at a better time to serve them than now,” said Dr Chandra Madramootoo, ICRISAT Governing Board Chair.

At ICRISAT’s Global Planning Meeting held on 27-31 January at the global headquarters, Dr Madramootoo stressed the importance of redefining the organization’s culture – core beliefs, shared feelings, and values – and empowering all staff to embrace and make it front and center of everything they do. Read more