The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) has joined the One CGIAR integrated partnership, comprising the CGIAR System Organization and 12 One CGIAR research centers1. The expansion of the One CGIAR integrated partnership supports a united approach to transforming food, land and water systems in a climate crisis.

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ICRISAT has signed the CGIAR Integration Framework Agreement (IFA), which was developed by the research center boards and CGIAR leadership to confirm and clarify the path to a united One CGIAR. All existing parties to the IFA have welcomed ICRISAT into the integrated partnership.

“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,” stated Professor Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, CGIAR System Board Chair. “ICRISAT plays a vital role in delivering that goal in the semi-arid tropics and its welcome participation in the integrated partnership will enable One CGIAR to deliver greater impact where it is needed most.”

Following an April 2023 resolution by the Governing Board of ICRISAT on the intent to join the One CGIAR integrated partnership, a joint statement was issued by the CGIAR System Board Chair and ICRISAT’s Board Chair, paving the way for ICRISAT to sign the IFA.

Chair of the ICRISAT Governing Board, Professor Prabhu Pingali commented that the strategic partnership has the potential to drive profound transformation across the world’s arid regions, combining ICRISAT’s global leadership in dryland agrifood systems with One CGIAR’s reach and impact.

“As a preeminent authority in semi-arid agriculture, ICRISAT anticipates deploying its innovative solutions to address the intricate challenges inherent in our global food, land and water systems and looks forward to working in close cooperation through the integrated partnership.”

About CGIAR

CGIAR, the world’s largest publicly-funded network of agrifood systems research centers is a global research partnership for a food-secure future, dedicated to transforming food, land and water systems in a climate crisis. It has more than 8,000 staff working in over 80 countries alongside more than 3,000 partners.

About ICRISAT

The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is a pioneering International Organization committed to developing and improving dryland farming and agrifood systems to address the challenges of hunger, malnutrition, poverty, and environmental degradation affecting the 2.1 billion people residing in the drylands of Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and beyond.

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