The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) launched a new innovative project- Pigeonpea Improvement Using Molecular Breeding- aimed at assisting pigeonpea breeders to develop improved cultivars more efficiently using genomic tools.

The new comprehensive project is being supported by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) stretched for three years with a financial assistance of US $ 2 million.

The other partners in implementing the project are National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR), New Delhi; the University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Raichur, Karnataka and Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU), Hyderabad.

In a release here on Thursday, the ICRISAT informed that the project, launched on Wednesday, would be helpful in the fight against poverty and hunger.

“I am very pleased to announce that the new partnership between the governments of India and the United States, and ICRISAT – will take new studies in pigeonpea genomics to the next stage of scientific research. This collaboration will improve the agricultural productivity of pigeonpea,” said Elizabeth Warfield, Deputy Mission Director, USAID, New Delhi, during the project launch.

Dr. William Dar, Director General, said that the USAID has always been an advocate of agricultural research-for-development continuum.

Dr. Swapan Datta, Deputy Director General (Crop Science), ICAR; Dr. Rajeev Varshney, Project Coordinator and Director, Centre of Excellence in Genomics, ICRISAT and others were present.


  • The project is supported by USAID with a financial assistance of US $ 2 million

  • ‘The partnership will take new studies in pigeonpea to the next stage of research’