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

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    In News 

    • The Prime Minister of India kickstarted the 50th Anniversary celebrations of ICRISAT. 

    About ICRISAT 

    • It is a non-profit, non-political organization that conducts agricultural research for development in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa with a wide array of partners throughout the world. 
    • ICRISAT is headquartered in Hyderabad, Telangana, India, with two regional hubs and six country offices in sub-Saharan Africa. 
    • It is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. 
      • CGIAR is a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future. Its science is carried out by the 15 research centres that are members of the CGIAR Consortium in collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations. 
    • Functions 
      • It helps farmers by providing improved crop varieties and hybrids and also helps smallholder farmers in the drylands fight climate change.
      • ICRISAT and its partners help empower these poor people to overcome poverty, hunger and a degraded environment through better agriculture.
      • It conducts research protecting the environment
    • Achievements: 
    • They helped in a holistic approach in integrating farmers with their markets and promoting pulses and chickpea production in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
    • It has been awarded the 2021 Africa Food Prize, for work that has improved food security across 13 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

    Source: PIB