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Agri-Science Park Model

  1. 1. Empowering the Private Sector to Boost Productivity & Growth in Africa 14-17 June 2009, Cape Town, South Africa
  2. 2. Session II: Increasing and Maintaining Competitiveness Agri-Science Park @ ICRISAT as an Institutional Innovation Model 15 June 2009 Abdul Rahman Ilyas, Chief Operating Officer, Agri-Science Park @ ICRISAT
  3. 3. Dr. William D Dar, Director General ICRISAT, India Greetings from our servant leader!!
  4. 4. Agri-Science Park @ ICRISAT The mission of Agri-Science Park @ ICRISAT is to be the “hub” for meaningful public-private partnerships that enhances the development and commercialization of science-generated technologies, innovations and knowledge that directly benefit the SAT farmers.
  5. 5. Objectives <ul><li>The three-fold objectives of ICRISAT in harnessing partnerships through public-private synergy are to ensure that: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>science at ICRISAT remains at the cutting edge; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>partnership with the private sector helps ICRISAT realize its public goods mandate; and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the rapid, direct and broad-based application of technical knowledge and research products improves the lives of smallholder farmers, and protects the environment in the SAT of Africa and Asia. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Facilities offered <ul><li>Global Scientific expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Access to set up own R&D Laboratory. </li></ul><ul><li>Food Safety Laboratory, Agri-biotech Laboratory </li></ul><ul><li>Regular and P2 containment greenhouses, cold storage and precision fields with hi-tech irrigation equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Genetic Transformation and Applied Genomics Laboratory (including high throughput genotyping facility) </li></ul><ul><li>Bioinformatics and Computational Genomics Facility. </li></ul><ul><li>Pilot Plants for Product Development. </li></ul><ul><li>World-class facilities for communication, computing, fully equipped conference halls, air-conditioned offices, dormitories, flat lets, transport, security and other facilities. </li></ul><ul><li>Segmented support through Strategic Business Units as Components of ASP </li></ul>
  7. 7. ASP - Framework
  8. 8. ASP Coordination Committee - to harmonise and coordinate joint activities in the interest of ICRISAT Respective committees and organogram to handle component specific activities. ASP Organogram Director General ICRISAT Managing Director COO AIC ABI HPRC BRC SAT EcoVenture NutriPlus ASP Coordination Committee (CC) ASP Steering Committee (SC) ASP Advisory Committee - to enhance public private partnership activities in the interest of ICRISAT.
  9. 9. ASP - Components Reducing poverty through Innovations, partnerships and products SAT Eco-Venture Agri-Business Incubator Ag-biotech Innovation Center Research Consortia NutriPlus Knowledge Center Hybrid Parents Bioproducts Biofuels SAT Eco-Venture Ag-biotech Innovation Center Agri-Business Incubator Research Consortia NutriPlus Knowledge Center Hybrid Parents Bioproducts Biofuels
  10. 10. <ul><li>To develop collaborative research with the established agbiotech and agri-business companies to help ICRISAT mandate. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop strong network with the private sector R&D to benefit ICRISAT mandate. </li></ul><ul><li>Optimize ICRISAT facilities and capacities to benefit the poor farmers of the SAT. </li></ul><ul><li>Plan additional infrastructure and facilities, to enhance collaborative research with the private sector. </li></ul>Ag-biotech Innovation Center (AIC) Exchange of MoU with ITC in presence of Chief Minister during BioAsia 2007 To drive private sector-led high end agricultural research through the creation of infrastructure and developing collaborative research with ICRISAT for the benefit of the poor farmers. AIC is supported by Government of Andhra Pradesh, India
  11. 11. <ul><li>ABI bags best technology business incubator (2005) award from Government of India </li></ul>Agri-Business Incubator (ABI) To facilitate the creation of competitive agri-business enterprises through technology development and commercialization to benefit the SAT farmers. ABI is supported by Dept of Science & Technology, Govt. of India <ul><li>To accelerate agricultural based technology transfer and commercialization. </li></ul><ul><li>To foster creation, development and innovation of agri-business to farming communities to maintain competitive edge. </li></ul><ul><li>To provide services to start-up agri-business on technology, business consultancy, business development, funding assistance, infrastructure facilities and escort services. </li></ul><ul><li>To promote Agri-technologies developed by ICRISAT or developed by other R&D centers of excellence, universities, ICAR, CSIR, and other institutions. </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Creating Synergy between Public and Private Sector Seed Companies & ICRISAT to produce and market high grade hybrids. </li></ul><ul><li>Involving the private sector to sustain research on hybrids conforming to market demand! </li></ul><ul><li>Allowing the private sector to use available parent lines at ICRISAT to develop better hybrids </li></ul><ul><li>Increased availability of improved seed to poor farmers </li></ul>Hybrid Parents Research Consortia (HPRC) Supported by the consortia members, currently the consortia are on SORGHUM, PEARL MILLET & PIGEON PEA Make available better hybrids to the poor farmers through public private partnerships.
  13. 13. Bio-products Research Consortium (BRC) <ul><li>To screen microbial germplasm with ability to suppress insect pests and disease causing microbes. </li></ul><ul><li>To develop promising entomopathogenic microbial strains and improve their delivery to farmers. </li></ul><ul><li>To identify the compatibility between entomopathogens and botanicals, for enhancing their efficacy. </li></ul><ul><li>Field evaluations of promising ones through farmer participatory approach. </li></ul><ul><li>Deliver low cost bio products that can be produced in mass scale to reach maximum number of farmers by involving the private sector </li></ul>Supported by the consortia members, BRC has 10 Biopesticide companies on board for R&D congruent with ICRISAT mission and mandate. Make available low cost bio products to the poor farmers through public private partnerships.
  14. 14. NutriPlus Knowledge Center (NutriPlus) NutriPlus is supported by Govt of Andhra Pradesh and Govt of India To present NutriPlus as the center of excellence to the agro-food industry for knowledge sharing, new product development, technology exchange and commercialization, and to conduct research to create high value products and processes that can directly benefit poorest of the poor farmers and entrepreneurs. <ul><li>To promote and make available technologies developed by ICRISAT or developed by other R&D centers of excellence, universities, ICAR, CSIR, and other institutions. </li></ul><ul><li>Handhold prototype and new product development through pilot plants and facilities. </li></ul><ul><li>Technically back stop Food Parks as a centralised knowledge hub on food science and innovation. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop high value novel foods. </li></ul><ul><li>Spearhead enterprise development at micro, small and medium level. </li></ul>
  15. 15. SAT Eco Venture Creating a platform for the farmers and the public to learn the dynamics of Semi Arid Tropic ecosystem and enhance through public private partnerships. <ul><li>ICRISAT is a watershed by itself sprawling in 3500 acres. </li></ul><ul><li>Available knowledge repository of 35 years on SAT dynamics that can be shared and promoted across. </li></ul><ul><li>ICRISAT through Agro-Eco Systems division is currently working in more than 187 watersheds in the country and across in Africa and Asia. </li></ul><ul><li>Work out win win PPP models to spread knowledge. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Partners at ASP@ICRISAT 2 NutriPlus Total Partners = 182 10 50 108 12 BRC HPRC ABI AIC
  17. 17. Strategy <ul><li>ASP’s strategy for development will be steered in a three </li></ul><ul><li>pronged approach – </li></ul><ul><li>Vertically enhance ASP components scope and functional effectiveness </li></ul><ul><li>Laterally create new components as strategic business units to address new focus areas to compliment ICRISAT mission and mandate. </li></ul><ul><li>Globally replicate ASP model in all the SAT locations through strategic alliances. </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>Gestation period for moving technologies from “lab to users” (farmers/consumers) reduced. </li></ul><ul><li>Farmers benefit through new / improved products like Sweet Sorghum, Groundnut, drought resistant Pearl Millet, disease resistant hybrid Pigeon pea. </li></ul><ul><li>Successful innovative ventures in the areas of Crop Biotechnology, Biofuels (ethanol from Sweet Sorghum, bio-diesel), Neutraceuticals, Agribusiness Clinics. </li></ul><ul><li>80% commercial hybrids are based on ICRISAT-bred lines. Half of India’s 8.5 m ha of sorghum is planted to hybrids. About 60% of 10 m ha of pearl millet under hybrids. 60 out of >85 commercial hybrids are based on ICRISAT-bred lines. Other Centers are emulating this model. </li></ul><ul><li>182 partnerships in place with over 20 technologies exchanged. </li></ul><ul><li>Replication of ASP and Components in more than 17 institutions globally. </li></ul>Impacts
  19. 19. ASP as a model for replication How it can be Replicated? Who are the takers? <ul><ul><li>What are the benefits? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the collective goal achieved? </li></ul></ul>What is the Process Involved for partnership? <ul><li>ASP is a unique model with blend of Research Capacity, Infrastructure, Varied business delivery mechanisms, public private partnerships, multi-locational partners and projects. </li></ul><ul><li>ASP’s learning can be adapted to any given location and Institution through a scoping study involving ASP and the partnering institution. </li></ul><ul><li>Scoping Study will result in a draft plan to establish ASP like model that can sustain through effective service delivery. </li></ul>
  20. 20. How it can be Replicated? Who are the takers? <ul><ul><li>What are the benefits? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the collective goal achieved? </li></ul></ul>What is the Process Involved for partnership? <ul><li>Developing countries engaged in promoting PPPs through sustained R&D. </li></ul><ul><li>Apex R&D Institutions from public and not for profit sectors. </li></ul><ul><li>International Development Non-Profits that are engaged in industrial cooperation, R&D, livelihood generation, technology incubation. </li></ul><ul><li>Federal Governments that are engaged in developing PPPs in their respective territories by optimising existing research and infrastructure facilities. </li></ul><ul><li>Donors and Bilateral agencies. </li></ul>
  21. 21. How it can be Replicated? Who are the takers? <ul><ul><li>What are the benefits? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the collective goal achieved? </li></ul></ul>What is the Process Involved for partnership? <ul><li>The partnering agency will directly benefit from the learning's of ASP. </li></ul><ul><li>Also benefit from ICRISAT’s research and network. </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity to get aligned with ASP and ICRISAT. </li></ul><ul><li>Kick start in establishment of a similar model without going through the learning curve! </li></ul><ul><li>Network with ASP partners. </li></ul>
  22. 22. How it can be Replicated? Who are the takers? <ul><ul><li>What are the benefits? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the collective goal achieved? </li></ul></ul>What is the Process Involved for partnership? <ul><li>Improving the lives of poor farmers. </li></ul><ul><li>Sustaining research and development through PPPs. </li></ul><ul><li>Make available ICRISAT research products to increased number of farmers through increased number of partnerships. </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge and expertise sharing. </li></ul><ul><li>Optimizing existing resources. </li></ul>
  23. 23. How it can be Replicated? Who are the takers? <ul><ul><li>What are the benefits? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the collective goal achieved? </li></ul></ul>What is the Process Involved for partnership? <ul><li>Understanding our model through exchange of material and visits. </li></ul><ul><li>Scoping visit by ASP staff to the partner institution. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop an MoU and commission a detailed study. </li></ul><ul><li>Designing a model for the partner through strategic alliance arrangement. </li></ul><ul><li>Continue to handhold and support. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Visit our Website – My Contacts Abdul Rahman Ilyas [email_address] +91 994 999 4069