International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)

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The Prime Minister inaugurated the 50th Anniversary celebrations of ICRISAT. 

  • He inaugurated ICRISAT’s Climate Change Research Facility on Plant Protection and ICRISAT’s Rapid Generation Advancement Facility. 

  • These two facilities are dedicated to the smallholder farmers of Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. 

  • The Prime Minister also unveiled a specially designed logo of ICRISAT and launched a commemorative stamp issued on the occasion.


 ICRISAT is a non-profit international organisation founded by renowned agricultural scientists M.S.Swaminathan,C.Fred Bently and Ralph Cummins in 1972 at Patancheru, Hyderabad.

  • It was set up to conduct agricultural research for development in the drylands of Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Its mission is to empower these poor people to overcome poverty, hunger and a degraded environment through better agriculture.

  •  It helps farmers by providing improved crop varieties and hybrids and also helps smallholder farmers in the drylands fight climate change.

  •  It has two regional hubs at Nairobi( Kenya) and Bamako( Mali). It has country offices in Niger, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Ethiopia and Mozambique.

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