The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is a nonprofit, non-political organization that does innovative agricultural research and capacity building for sustainable development with a wide array of partners across the globe. ICRISAT's mission is to help empower 600 million poor people to overcome hunger, poverty and a degraded environment in the dry tropics through better agriculture. ICRISAT belongs to the Alliance of Future Harvest Centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).
ICRISAT's headquarter is located in Patancheru, near Hyderabad in south central India with six locations in sub-Saharan Africa. The regional hub for West and Central Africa (WCA) is located in Niamey, Niger. Scientists are also based in our research center in Bamako, Mali, and in Kano, Nigeria. Presently ICRISAT covers 17 countries endowed with core competencies in the areas of agronomy, soil science, pearl millet breeding, sorghum breeding, groundnut breeding, socio-economy and GIS.
A primary driver for ICRISAT in WCA is to spur market demand through market-oriented production and value addition while ensuring the farmer's own food security. Therefore our research focuses on enhancing and stabilizing yields and generating innovations to help farmers increase their income and resilience, and reduce vulnerability while protecting the environment.
- March 3, 2009 - The development of agriculture in Malawi is severely hampered by an inadequate supply of a basic farming necessity "“ seed. "Our biggest problem is that we cannot get enough foundation seed. Small companies are not surviving," says Felix Jumbe, Executive Se...
- February 26, 2009 - After a busy year spent developing its network of offices and support staff as well as launching its activities, the West Africa Seed Alliance (WASA) is publishing its first official newsletter and launching its brand identity in conjunction with the Af...