A prosperous and nutritionally secure drylands through demand-driven innovation

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A prosperous and nutritionally secure drylands through demand-driven innovation
Presentation by ICRISAT Director General Dr. David Bergvinson at the CGIAR meeting in USA on 2 November 2015.

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  • Sorghum, Perl Millet, Small Millets, Chickpea, Pigeonpea, groundnut
  • ICRISAT-led initiative to sequence pearl millet genome will lead to accelerated utilization of genomic information in breeding programs.
  • A prosperous and nutritionally secure drylands through demand-driven innovation

    1. 1. A prosperous and nutritionally secure drylands through demand-driven innovation Dr. David Bergvinson, DG, ICRISAT 2 November 2015 USA
    2. 2. SRF 17 Sustainable Development Goals with emphasis on sustainable and equitable food systems
    3. 3. We believe all people have a right to nutritious food and better livelihoods ICRISAT works in the dryland tropics of sub-Saharan Africa and Asia to: Our research activities are focused on crops of immense value to the nutrition and economics of the semi-arid tropics – dryland cereals (sorghum and millets) and grain legumes (chickpea, pigeonpea and groundnut). ICRISAT - Our “Why”
    4. 4. WHY LEGUMES?
    5. 5. CLIMATE-HARDY, MICRONUTRIENT-DENSE CEREALS
    6. 6. ICRISAT’s holistic approach to the agricultural R4D value chain Cross-cutting issues Mainstreaming nutrition Empowering women – women are consulted, involved and supported to lead Attracting youth to agriculture Approach for Adoption Participatory approach and partnering – working side by side Building capacity – at a national and local level Integrating communications - to build awareness and share knowledge Monitoring and evaluation – for feedback and adjustment Policy support – work closely with government to encourage the needed policies Developing on-farm practices and technologies Analyzing key problems and opportunities Managing soil and water Crop Improvement & seed Access Diversifying Farms Introducing processing Facilitating market access Driving market development
    7. 7. Managing and Sustaining Crop Collections (ICRISAT)
    8. 8. Morris et al., 2013. PNAS 110: 453-458 Population genomic and genome-wide association studies of agroclimatic traits in sorghum – 971 accessions Unleashing Genomics to Accelerate Genetic Gain 8
    9. 9. International Pearl Millet Genome Sequencing Consortium India
    10. 10. Revolving Seed Fund Boundary partners Lead farmers Broader community ICRISAT has built a large network of delivery partners capable of identifying and equipping lead farmers … … who rapidly mobilized others in their community to adopt new varieties, thereby motivating seed companies to produce, promote and distribute improved varieties Science of Delivery and Adoption Lead farmers have interest and capacity to assist others in community, are influential and trusted, and can take risk with testing new technologies Boundary partners are community based NGOs & government extension system with aligned goals Participatory Variety Selection – asking the farm family what they want in a new variety Swarna-sub1 1 0 Crop Improvement & seed Five new varieties including ICGV-SM 03517 now called Wamusanga (were released in September 2015.
    11. 11. Soil Mapping as an entry point under Bhoochetana: Our Watershed Story Village 1999 District 2006 State 2009 Nation 2015 • All 37 functional wells • Water availability year • round Partnering with corporates in various districts across different states in India. Benefitting over 5 millions of farmers across Karnata Genesis: Kothapally village, Telangana ICRISAT is working closely with the Government of India to scale up its learnings and water Managing soil and water
    12. 12. http://annualreport.icrisat.org/

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