ICRISAT

ANNUAL REPORT

2018

Sustainable Solutions for Water Resources


Introduction

The dual objectives of environmental conservation & enhanced food security are centered around water. This is why water initiatives have been the core of ICRISAT’s approach for people in the semi-arid tropics.

The approaches:

  • Community-based watershed
  • Water-efficient innovations for conservation & cultivation
  • Management of water & resources

The Challenges:

Key Success:

Water not Wasted

Water shortage during crucial crop growth
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Tuning into Heavy metal

There exists a need for cost-effective, energy-efficient and eco-friendly wastewater treatment technologies
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Easing out erosion in West Africa

Water runoff leading to soil erosion is affecting fertility and yields in watershed villages of Mali.
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Water Resources

Healthier Value Chains


Introduction

Farming needs to be more economically viable for millions of small and marginal farmers in semi-arid tropics, for the world to achieve its sustainable development goals. ICRISAT’s unique approach of demand-driven innovation all across the value chain differentiates in enabling and empowering farmers for improved incomes.

The approaches:

  • Public-private partnerships, from the field to the policy level
  • Engaging women and youth in value chain and leadership
  • Innovation potentials and possibilities for market opportunities

The Challenges:

Key Success:

South India’s farm entrepreneurs

Dryland farmers need more profitable avenues through value chains & expertise.
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Efficient millet management in Mali

Women in Mali framed more efficient ways of utilizing improved millet grains for nutritional and financial security
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Baskets for better: Nutri-food reaches out Tribal Telangana

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Cookie, cakes & chapatis – ‘Smart Food’ value adds

The SOMNI project and Smart Food initiative identified several value-added products for promotion of millet and sorghum
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Healthier Value Chains

Enhanced nutrition of crops


Introduction

Decades of crop improvement programs have focused on crops in semi-arid, rain-fed systems to achieve multiple goals of productivity, profitability and better nutrition.

The approaches:

  • Crop improvement through modern breeding approaches for enhanced nutrition traits
  • Identifying wild and indigenous varieties for nutritional properties
  • Working with the national system & government to release and facilitate adoption

The Challenges:

Key Success:

Native foods for better nutrition

Locally grown and developed food products from indigenous crops could help combat malnutrition and hidden hunger.
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Greeting the high-oleic groundnut

Fast-track approach primes 16 groundnut breeding lines with over 80% oleic acid content as against 50-60% regular variety.
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Africa’s first fortified pearl millet

The launch of Chakti, pearl millet with enhanced iron, could be part of a solution to Africa’s better farming & nutrition.
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Nutrition of crops

Healthier Soils


Introduction

The soil in fact is the root of the healthy food system. Decreasing land for agriculture, makes it important to ensure its optimum utilization. Continual land degradation needs to be halted and reversed with holistic integrated land management strategies, for healthier crops, heathier foods.

The approaches:

Public-private partnerships, from the field to the policy level
Engaging women and youth in value chain and leadership
Innovation potentials and possibilities for market opportunities

The Challenges:

Key Success:

Acid soils of eastern India

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Degraded lands in Sub-Saharan Africa

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29401 Ha

Direct area (estimated) under soil management

Healthier Soils

Communities make healthier production choices


Introduction

Adoption of improved varieties, uptake of new technologies, sustainable on-farm practices are some of the choices that improve the health of crop, livestock and people. While research may help develop, it is the farmers who make these improved choices for healthier production.

The approaches:

  • Increasing efficiency of smallholder farmers with tools and technologies
  • Greater adoption of varieties with relevance to climate change and nutritional traits
  • Involving in interventions that make positive impact on livestock and human health

The Challenges:

Key Success:

Spreading seeds: Growing demand for biofortified pearl millet

High-yielding pearl millet hybrids biofortified with iron and zinc, ICMH1202 (AHB1200) and ICMH1203 (HHB299
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Tech for tribal farmers of Telangana, India

The huge concern of aflatoxin in Africa, could be managed with better practices. Redress
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Improved tech, enhanced crop production

Better technology demonstration for productivity and profitability of millets and sorghum in Mali through the ARDT_SMS project
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Production Choices

Communities make Healthier Consumption Choices


Introduction

Driving the demand for healthier foods through greater momentum for healthier crops and dietary diversity is key to a healthier food system. As part of this process, a consumer buzz is being created around the nutrition and ecological aspects of crops in the semi-arid tropics.

The approaches:

  • Awareness around concerns such as aflatoxin for ensuring healthier consumption
  • Working with influencers and policy makers to create greater momentum for millets, sorghum and legumes
  • Promoting consumption of value-added products with improved health benefits
  • Introducing Smart Food to new consumer groups for widening the consumption segment

The Challenges:

Key Success:

Aware and attentive to aflatoxin

Over 35,000 stakeholders, 46 schools and 127 women groups in Mali were sensitized about aflatoxin’s effect on nutrition and health
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Schooling pigeonpea and finger millet in Tanzania

Pigeonpea and finger millet were introduced in school meals to over 2,000 children in four schools in central Tanzania.
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Signing up Smart Food brand ambassadors

Three influential chefs and Niger’s First Lady pledged their support to the ICRISAT-led Smart Food initiative.
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Movement to mainstream millets and sorghum in India

The Smart Food Culinary Symposium for Chefs encouraged dialog and ideation to introduce millets and sorghum in fine dining.
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High scoring: improving dietary diversity in Kenya

Nutritional interventions, for mothers with children under five years led to increased dietary diversity score (DDS) of almost 80% in children
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Consumption Choices

Science for healthier farming


Introduction

Scientific research is the base of our work in the semi-arid tropics. From innovations, to building capacity of researchers to partnering institutions for better impact, the science base provides opportunity for improving livelihoods and building healthier communities.

The approaches:

  • Genomics to fast-track improvement of crops with healthier traits
  • Tested practices for improved outcomes in smallholder agriculture
  • Gene bank repository of millets and legumes in the world for biodiversity conservation
  • Gender-responsive research for men and women farmers’ equitable participation

The Challenges:

Key Success:

Integrated approaches, improved incomes in south India

Low yields, inefficient water use and low income is a deterrent to agriculture.
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Breaking pigeonpea yield barrier in India

Pigeonpea productivity remains one of the concerns for major pulses producers like India.
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Genome sequencing to generate breeding line-up

As part of a pilot experiment, 6,000 F5 chickpea plants were collected for DNA isolation.
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Agronomy in Africa gets a boost

Improvements in agriculture to be conveyed to farmers across the region for increasing productivity.
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Gender-responsive agriculture for Sub-Saharan Africa

Gender responsive research is essential for improved outcomes in smallholder farms in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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Science for farming

Research for Human health


Introduction

Underpinning much of our scientific research in enhanced crop, value chains or consumption is the objective of better human health. The rural communities of food producers as well as those impacted by the consuming practices are tackled simultaneously through food.

The approaches:

  • Working to identify the health & nutrition needs of the community
  • Provide solutions towards addressing these concerns through the pathway of sustainable food production & consumption
  • Study impact in contributions to human health

The Challenges:

Key Success:

Addressing anaemia among mothers and children

Existing data and a baseline survey in parts of Telangana’s Asifabad, Jayashankar Bhupalpally and Bhadradi Kothegudem districts suggested nutritional deficiencies
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Battling sickle cell anemia and thalassemia

In Telangana’s Asifabad, Jayashankar Bhupalpally and Bhadradi Kothegudem districts 2,130 children in Ashram schools with sickle cell anemia and thalassemia were identified.
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Managing malnutrition in Bangladesh

High rate of malnutrition prevailing in some parts of northern Bangladesh. Redress: Foods from peanut, an important crop grown in the region
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Nutrition awareness in South India’s tribal pockets

Nutri-food Basket survey revealed high prevalence of stunting among adolescents in tribal pockets of Telangana who were also underweight.
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Drive for dietary diversity in Zimbabwe

Nutrition level in small farm households is often low. Lack of dietary diversity is one of the reasons.
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Messages


Board Chair message

Dr Nigel Wells Kerby

Over 45 years, ICRISAT has worked closely with national partners along value chains of its nutritious and climate-smart mandate crops - sorghum, pearl and finger millet, chickpea, pigeonpea and groundnut - to ensure our science improves the lives of farmers and nutrition for all consumers. Special appreciation to our partners and funders and to the many farmers who contributed to the design, development and delivery of demand-driven innovation for the drylands during 2017.

   

Director General message

Dr Peter Carberry

Over 45 years, ICRISAT has worked closely with national partners along value chains of its nutritious and climate-smart mandate crops - sorghum, pearl and finger millet, chickpea, pigeonpea and groundnut - to ensure our science improves the lives of farmers and nutrition for all consumers. Special appreciation to our partners and funders and to the many farmers who contributed to the design, development and delivery of demand-driven innovation for the drylands during 2017.

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Research Highlights


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Governing Board


Nigel Wells Kerby
Britain, Chair, ICRISAT GB (From May 2017)
Paul C Anderson
USA
Trilochan Mohapatra
India, Vice Chair ICRISAT GB
Paco Sereme
Burkina Faso
Sissel Rogne
Norway
Rachel K Chikwamba
South Africa
Laurie Tollefson
Canada
Wendy Umberger
Australia

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