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ICRISAT puts up stall at ADB meet

Written by: Staff

Hyderabad, May 5 (UNI) The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is representing the research work of the international agricultural research institutes in the exhibition at the 39th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of Asian Development Bank (ADB) currently on here.

ICRISAT has erected a booth at HITEX, the meeting venue, on behalf of 15 international agricultural research institutes falling under the Future Harvest Alliance of Centres of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

The booth displays the research work of the Future Harvest Centres to meet the Millennium Development Goals of reducing hunger and poverty, including ADB-funded ICRISAT projects to improve agriculture productivity in the semi-arid tropics (SAT).

According to Dr William Dar, Director General of ICRISAT and Member of the Alliance Executive of the Future Harvest Centres, the ADB's Board of Governors meeting here had given the opportunity for showcasing the impact of bank's funding on agricultural research.

''The ADB is one of ICRISAT's most trusted donors. The two organisations have been partners in research and development in the Asian semi-arid tropics.

''In the last two decades, ADB has supported several ICRISAT projects which were in accordance with its own objectives -- economic growth, reducing poverty, supporting human development, improving the status of women and protecting the environment,'' he said.

ADB's financial support to ICRISAT in the area of integrated watershed management had triggered investments by a number of other donors in India for scaling out the model developed with ADB assistance.

ICRISAT and ADB have a strong history of partnership. ICRISAT's state-of-the-art applied genomics facility has its roots in the biotechnology infrastructure established with ADB support. The Cereals and Legumes Asia Network (CLAN) is generously backed by ADB.

CLAN supports and enhances technology exchange in Asia, he said.


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