Special Correspondent

ICRISAT showcases works of international institutes

HYDERABAD: The Asian Development Bank's financial support for ICRISAT's integrated watershed management has triggered investments by a number of donors in the country for scaling up the model developed with ADB assistance. The bank supports several ICRISAT projects through the Regional Technical Assistance (RETA) grants.

Current project

Currently, the bank is funding a project for tackling land degradation in China, India, Vietnam and Thailand through participatory watershed management. The project focuses on improving management of natural resources for sustainable rain-fed agriculture and extending them in large areas in the eco-region, a press release issued by ICRISAT said on Friday.

The institute's watershed projects also facilitate South-South collaboration between the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa.

Meanwhile, an exhibition representing the work of 15 international agricultural research institutes is on display by ICRISAT at the venue of 39th annual meeting of ADB here.

A booth had been erected displaying the research work of the institutes under the Future Harvest Alliance of Centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) to meet the millennium development goals of reducing hunger and poverty.

According to ICRISAT Director-General Willam Dar, the ADB meet has given an opportunity to showcase the impact of bank's funding on agriculture research.