ICRISAT’S fiftieth Anniversary Celebration, Malawi

Since its founding in March 1972, the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) has been celebrating 50 years of scientific innovation and influence within the drylands. The institute has held commemorative occasions in India and throughout its African centres, together with Malawi.

Through a number of tasks in Malawi and the remainder of the world, ICRISAT has been a pioneer in piloting the scaling of farmer- and market-preferred drought-tolerant crop varieties by integrating public-private sector seed methods, an extension of advisory companies, and local weather and market info.

The institute has a protracted historical past of creating high-yielding, drought-tolerant crop varieties which can be essential to smallholder farmers’ livelihoods within the semi-arid tropics. Sorghum, pearl millet, finger millet, groundnut, pigeon pea, and chickpea are a few of ICRISAT’s specialty crops that assist hundreds of thousands of individuals throughout Africa obtain meals safety.

ICRISAT Director General, Dr. Jacqueline Hughes, spoke from Lilongwe and expressed her delight at being in Malawi to commemorate the historic event within the presence of the Institute’s workers in addition to native and nationwide companions.

“As ICRISAT looks to the next 50 years, we are convinced that partnerships are the only way to address global challenges and develop the best local solutions,” Dr. Hughes mentioned.

She went on to say that ICRISAT’s fiftieth anniversary worldwide, and fortieth anniversary in Malawi, is a chance to recommit ourselves to overcoming the challenges that smallholder farming communities face sooner or later, not only a celebration of what the institute has achieved to this point. ​

“While the world grapples with challenges posed by climate change and environmental degradation, there remains one tragically constant for dryland farming communities, and that is food insecurity and hunger,” mentioned Dr. Jacqueline Hughes.

“ICRISAT will continue to serve as the global research leader to reduce poverty, hunger, malnutrition, and environmental degradation while making farming profitable, thanks to our deep expertise in dryland farming and recent scientific advances.”

“We’ll also supplement our scientific progress with new innovations and technology while working to influence good public policy – particularly with a focus on women and youth, who are critical to developing a more equitable and sustainable agricultural sector,” Dr. Hughes concluded.

At ICRISAT’s golden jubilee celebrations in Lilongwe, the Lobin Lowe, M.P., Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Water Development, was joined by Dr. Jerome Nkhoma, who represented the visitor of honour, the Honorable Lobin Lowe, M.P., Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Water Development.

ICRISAT Director General Dr. Lazarus Chakwera met with Malawi’s President, His Excellency Dr. Lazarus Chakwera, to debate agriculture and the influence of ICRISAT’s scientific innovation in agri-food methods throughout her go to. Dr. Hughes’ assembly with First Lady Monica Chakwera, who has labored with the Institute for almost 5 years, was notably memorable. ​

The assembly between Dr. Jacqueline Hughes and Dr. Joyce Banda, the previous President of Malawi, centered on the hyperlink between productiveness, girls’s empowerment, and a cropping methods method that included livestock within the area. ​

The ICRISAT-Malawi partnership started in 1982, with a deal with groundnut enchancment for the Southern African Development Community nations. Other dryland crops reminiscent of sorghum, millets, and pigeon pea have since been included within the analysis for improvement (R4D) programmes. For know-how improvement and dissemination, ICRISAT collaborates with the Department of Agriculture Research Services (DARS) and the Department of Agriculture Extension Services (DAES), in addition to a number of nationwide and worldwide companions, CGIAR centres, NGOs, improvement companions, and the non-public sector.

ICRISAT has not too long ago led various profitable multidisciplinary initiatives in Malawi, together with:

  • Malawi Seed Industry Development Project (MISST) funded by Irish Aid, USAID by way of Feed the Future CLIM2 funded by the EU

  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded Tropical Legumes Projects (BMGF)

(Source: ICRISAT)

First printed on: 30 Apr 2022, 08:54 IST



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