ICRISAT Annual Report 2012 'Partnerships for Impact'

ICRISAT, - (2013) ICRISAT Annual Report 2012 'Partnerships for Impact'. Documentation. International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Patancheru, Andhra Pradesh, India.

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The year 2012 was a landmark year for ICRISAT as we celebrated our forty anniversary. More importantly, it was a celebration of forty years of agricultural research dedicated to improving the lives of poor farmers in the semiarid tropics – and what an eventful period this has been. We are keenly aware that much of our success stems from the excellent partnerships we enjoy, and this annual report acknowledges the immense contribution of our partners, recognizing that our impacts are a credit to our combined efforts. Although ICRISAT is widely known as an agency serious about agricultural research to improve livelihoods, we know that to remain relevant we have to respond to current needs, elevate our efforts, and communicate our science and technology to the ultimate beneficiary, the poor smallholder farmer. Our report this year bears examples of on-going successes, achieved through the strategic partnerships we are fortunate to have established – and this time our partners themselves contribute to the stories and affirm the power of partnerships. Take for instance the unravelling of the chickpea genome – ICRISAT and its partners have once again demonstrated the power of productive partnerships by achieving this breakthrough in legume genomics, which will play a crucial role in speeding up the development of improved varieties for smallholder farmer crops. In sub-Saharan Africa as well as in Asia, it would have been impossible for ICRISAT alone to spread essential knowledge about effective farming practices, or to simplify the process of making good and improved seed easily available to farmers. Here too, the excellent partnerships with national systems and like-minded private sector partners facilitate the outreach to even remote villages and farms. While our Inclusive Market-Oriented Development (IMOD) framework is aimed at assisting smallholder farmers to move from subsistence farming to the more rewarding and secure market mainstream, our Agribusiness Incubation Program, of the Agribusiness Innovation Platform, is fully involved in creating opportunities for startup businesses to grow into more useful and prosperous ventures. Our partner reports on setting up agribusiness incubators in India and Africa testifies to this. Along with our partners, we take pride in reporting that our eff orts are showing impact. At this point I would like to also recognize the encouragement and guidance given to us by our very engaged Governing Board, by our supportive donors and stakeholders, and by our dedicated staff . I wholeheartedly thank and congratulate you all. Let us continue to make meaningful impacts, and realize our vision – prosperous, food-secure and resilient dryland tropics.

Item Type: Monograph (Documentation)
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Annual Report, ICRISAT Annual Report, ICRISAT
Subjects: Others > ICRISAT Annual Reports
Depositing User: Mr Sanat Kumar Behera
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2013 09:45
Last Modified: 12 May 2017 04:51
URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/7134
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