Annual Report 2022

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ICRISAT Annual Report 2022

We begin the year 2022 with great enthusiasm, having

been honored with the prestigious Africa Food Prize 2021.

This recognition has further strengthened our commitment

to advancing agriculture and food security in the dryland

tropics, and we are pleased to present to you ICRISAT’s

annual report for this year, which is particularly significant

as it marks the Institute’s 50th anniversary.

This milestone was commemorated by the Prime Minister

of India, Narendra Modi, who recognized our deep

contributions made to dryland agriculture and food security

not only in India, but in Africa and further afield. We are

immensely proud of this recognition by a global leader of

his stature, and take great pride in the many partnerships

that have enabled this success. It underscores the impact

and relevance of our work in supporting robust agri-food

systems in the drylands to improve the lives and livelihoods

of small-holder farmers and their communities.

Our organization’s Strategic Plan continues to guide

our efforts towards achieving our vision of a prosperous,

food-secure, and resilient dryland tropics. Our three global

research programs and three regional programs work

seamlessly across our regions and together they continue

to make a significant impact on the lives and livelihoods of

smallholder farmers in Africa, India, and beyond, particularly

in the areas of crop improvement, natural resource

management, and market-oriented development. These

practical contributions to the Sustainable Development

Goals (SDGs) are particularly noteworthy, and we are proud

to be contributing to these important global targets.

As we look ahead to the year 2023, we are preparing for the

UN International Year of Millets, which will be an important

platform for promoting the nutritional and economic

benefits of these often-overlooked crops. At ICRISAT,

we have long recognized the importance of millets in

supporting the livelihoods of dryland smallholder farmers

and their role in improving food and nutrition security. Our

research in this area has yielded important insights and

innovations that will be highlighted during this global event.

As you peruse this report, we hope you will be inspired by

the scope and depth of the Institute’s achievements over

the past year. We are grateful for the support of our donors,

partners and other stakeholders, and we look forward to

continuing to work together towards a brighter future for

the world’s drylands.


As the Governing Board Chair of the International Crops

Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT),

I am delighted to celebrate the 50th anniversary of our

esteemed institution. It was an immense honor to have

the distinguished presence of the Prime Minister of India,

Narendra Modi join us in commemorating this special

occasion. His recognition of ICRISAT’s contributions to

agricultural research and innovation in the semi-arid

tropics is a testament to the institute’s ongoing impact

and dedication to improving the lives and livelihoods of

smallholder farmers in the global drylands.

Our 50th anniversary not only provides us with an

opportunity to reflect on our past achievements, but

it also inspires us to set our sights on the future as a

global leader in agricultural research and innovation

in the dryland tropics. Building upon our rich legacy of

innovation, we are determined to remain at the forefront

of scientific advancements and technology, while fostering

collaborations and partnerships to maximize our impact and


As we enter a new era of global challenges, we recognize

the importance of repositioning ourselves to have an

even greater impact on the lives and livelihoods of

smallholder farmers in Africa, Asia, and beyond. Our focus

on collaborative and productive partnerships, along with

cutting-edge research, is key to this endeavor. Through

our collaborations with governments, private sector

organizations, and other research institutions, we are

strengthening our efforts to achieve our shared goals.

Our achievements are a testament to the creativity and

hard work of our researchers, staff and valued partners.

As we look to the next 50 years, we remain committed to

building upon our legacy and finding new and innovative

ways to improve the lives of those we serve.

Finally, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to

my fellow board members, partners, donors, leadership

team, and staff for their unwavering support of ICRISAT’s

mission. I trust this report will provide a brief insight into

our collective impact and how together, we can continue to

serve the many smallholder farmers and their communities

who rely on us for a brighter future.

Professor Prabhu Pingali

Governing Board Chair

Dr Jacqueline Hughes

Director General

Message from the Director General

Message from the Governing Board Chair

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