Towards a Prosperous, Food-secure and Resilient Dryland Tropics: A Compendium of Speeches by William D Dar January–December 2011

Dar, W D and ICRISAT, - (2012) Towards a Prosperous, Food-secure and Resilient Dryland Tropics: A Compendium of Speeches by William D Dar January–December 2011. Documentation. International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Patancheru, Andhra Pradesh, India.

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It gives me great pleasure to write this Foreword to Dr Dar’s 2011 speeches and presentations. ICRISAT is now one year into implementing its bold Strategic Plan to 2020 to help ensure integrated marketoriented development for prosperous, food-secure and resilient dryland tropics. Change is the leitmotif of ICRISAT and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and the many countries in which they work. ICRISAT has been constantly reinventing itself and directing its research to tackle mounting challenges and major changes occurring in the external environment. To help orient ICRISAT in the changing world, I am pleased to have witnessed the emergence and adoption of a strong Strategic Plan and the start to its systematic implementation in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Although, as the Plan reveals, the issues and their solutions are complex, ICRISAT has the single aspirational target of halving poverty, hunger, malnutrition and reducing environmental degradation in the dryland tropics. The conceptual framework of Inclusive Market- Oriented Development or IMOD spelt out in the Strategic Plan envisages not just the unleashing of the energies of the poor, but also that of the people and agencies that serve the poor with their science. In striving to become a learning organization, ICRISAT has demonstrated a collective will and commitment to harness novel ideas and channel them towards fulfilling the Institute’s goals. This has been possible through buy-in by staff and partners to the critical ideas and change plans. It has involved not only changing what is done but also how it is done. By adopting, owning and practising shared values and a culture of service, ICRISAT and partners strive to help smallholder farmers in the semiarid tropics map out a prosperous, food-secure and resilient future. ICRISAT also contributes significantly to the reforms and progress being achieved in the CGIAR. The speeches in this compendium reflect the changes that have taken place in ICRISAT and the stabilizing influence of its leadership in providing decisive directions and support. It is an instructive chronology of how an Institute can build on its past while innovating in its transition into the future.

Item Type: Monograph (Documentation)
Subjects: Others > Agriculture-Farming, Production, Technology, Economics
Depositing User: Mr Sanat Kumar Behera
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2013 04:11
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2013 05:08
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