GLOBAL – The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) has officially become a part of the One CGIAR integrated partnership.

This collaboration, uniting the CGIAR System Organization and 12 research centers, marks a pivotal step in the collective efforts to address the challenges of food, land, and water systems amidst the pressing climate crisis.

ICRISAT, renowned for its leadership in tropical dryland agrifood system innovation, has embraced the CGIAR Integration Framework Agreement (IFA), a strategic document developed collaboratively by research center boards and CGIAR leadership.

This agreement outlines a cohesive path towards a unified One CGIAR, emphasizing the importance of joint action in the face of complex global challenges.

CGIAR, as the world’s largest publicly-funded network of agrifood systems research centers, operates as a global research partnership dedicated to ensuring a food-secure future.

With over 8,000 staff in more than 80 countries collaborating alongside 3,000 partners, CGIAR’s integrated approach aims to transform agrifood systems in the midst of the climate crisis.

Professor Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, CGIAR System Board Chair, highlighted the need for collaborative efforts, stating, “The challenges the world faces today are so complex and interconnected that we can best deliver a food and nutrition secure future by working together.”

She emphasized ICRISAT’s crucial role in achieving this goal, particularly in semi-arid tropics, and expressed confidence in the integrated partnership’s potential to make a meaningful impact.

Chair of the ICRISAT Governing Board, Professor Prabhu Pingali, emphasized the profound transformation that this strategic partnership could bring to arid regions globally.

By combining ICRISAT’s expertise in dryland agrifood systems with One CGIAR’s extensive reach and impact, the collaboration aims to address intricate challenges related to food, land, and water systems worldwide.

With a focus on addressing hunger, malnutrition, poverty, and environmental degradation affecting over 2.1 billion people in drylands across Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and beyond, ICRISAT is poised to play a significant role in the collective efforts of One CGIAR.

Through collaborative research, innovation, and strategic partnerships, One CGIAR aims to create lasting solutions, fostering resilience in agrifood systems and ensuring a brighter tomorrow for millions worldwide.

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