ICAR and CIAT Signed Work Plan

11th September 2017, New Delhi

Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) have signed a Work Plan for the period 2017-2020 for scientific and technical cooperation in research and training in tropical commodities, here today. Dr. T. Mohapatra Secretary, DARE & DG, ICAR signed the Work Plan on behalf of ICAR and Dr. Ruben G. Echeverria, DG, CIAT signed it on behalf of CIAT.

ICAR and CIAT Signed Work PlanICAR and CIAT Signed Work Plan

Both the sides inter-alia agreed to coordinate in the areas of cooperation, as listed below subject to terms and conditions stipulated in the MoA and the Work Plan:

  1. Adding value to cassava: germplasm improvement and crop breeding, managing pest and disease risks, quality seed production, diversified uses and markets, socio-economic assessment;
  2. Forages and livestock systems: germplasm improvement and crop breeding, enhancing integrated livestock-crop systems, managing environmental impact of livestock sector and pasture lands;
  3. Agricultural landscapes and soil ecology: restoring degraded agricultural landscapes, soil health, assessment of land use change, cropping systems diversification for sustainable soil management;
  4. Climate change and ecosystem services: Big Data analytics of climate-smart agriculture, analysis and investment prioritization of adaptation and mitigation actions, climate-risk vulnerability analysis, decision-support tools and climate information services; and
  5. Food systems and value chains: nutrition-sensitive value chains, developing and promoting nutrient-dense crops and varieties, agri-food based strategies for nutrition and health improvement, resilient and efficient agri-food systems, developing climate-smart value chains