2019 was a year of many firsts…

And we are glad to have rolled out some path-breaking initiatives and put systems in place well in time before 2020’s ‘new normal’ engulfed us. Office corridors that once bustled with activity are almost silent but ‘resilience’ is still the operative word. Highlights from the last year include the launch of the Plant Breeding Modernization program for increased efficiency and agility and the fully automated system for plot monitoring ‘agCelerant’ to provide climate solutions for Nigerian agriculture. Other big achievements include the reduction of crop cycle by half in chickpea through rapid generation advancement, operationalizing the state-of-the-art climate research facility set up at ICRISAT-India and decoding genome sequences for two subspecies of cultivated groundnut.

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