Advancing research on heat tolerance in pearl millet

To chart the future course of heat tolerance research in pearl millet, plant breeders and crop modelers from ICRISAT and scientists from five member seed companies of the Pearl Millet Hybrid Parents Research Consortium (PMHPRC) met. The meeting part of the CGIAR Research Program was held at the ICRISAT headquarters on 24 January. Dr SK Gupta, Senior Scientist (Pearl Millet Breeding), Research Program on Dryland Cereals, presented the results of pearl millet heat tolerance research trials planted in 2013, and…

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Dryland Cereals R4D Planning Meeting

The CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Cereals is organizing a two day Research for Development (R4D) Planning Meeting on 14-15 February 2014 at ICRISAT Patancheru, India. The planning meeting will bring together the stakeholders of the program to highlight and discourse on the science and technology that is on-going within the research program. The outcomes of the meeting will help in strategizing and elevating the research activities. Dryland Cereals R4D Planning Meeting The R4D Planning Meeting aims to bring together the…

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AGRHYMET Regional Center officials visit ICRISAT Niamey

To further strengthen its partnership with ICRISAT, AGRHYMET Regional Center’s Director General, Prof Bouafou Kouamé Guy-Marcel, paid a visit to ICRISAT Niamey on 16 January. He was accompanied by Prof Atta Sanoussi, Head of Training and Mr Mamadou Samaké, Head of Technical Support of the center. The AGRHYMET Regional Center is a specialized agency of the permanent Inter-state Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS). Its mission is to contribute to sustainable food security, and sustainable natural resources management…

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Training to integrate gender into work plans in ICRISAT-led CGIAR Research Programs

To strengthen the capacities of the Product Line Coordinators of the CGIAR Research Programs on Dryland Cereals and on Grain Legumes; and for senior scientists of ICRISAT to mainstream and integrate gender into their work plans and activities, a training workshop was organized between 9-13 December in Hyderabad. The training conducted over five days was based on four modules that helped the participants to understand gender as a social construct, and also introduced them to different tools, methods and process…

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Research Management Committee of the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Cereals meets

The members of the Research Management Committee (RMC) of the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Cereals met for the first time at the ICRISAT campus, Hyderabad, on 21 – 22 October. Over the two days, the committee brainstormed and devised work strategies for the research activities for the Dryland Cereals program for year 2014-15 and Phase II of the program. The RMC part of the governance and management structure of the program, will lead the research portfolio of the program.…

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Interview with Shoba Sivasankar, Director of CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Cereals

Dr Shoba Sivasankar joined ICRISAT  as Director of the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Cereals on 11 July 2013. With a combined expertise in agronomy, cereal crop physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics, she has been working most recently with the private seed company, DuPont Pioneer, leading the Corn Drought Tolerance Gene Evaluation Program, until assuming her current responsibility. 1. The CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Cereals (also known by its operating name, Dryland Cereals) is an ambitious multi-country global research…

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CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Cereals Launched

  A major new global partnership to improve dryland cereal crops, the staple foodstuffs of hundreds of millions of poor people in the developing world, was launched on Feb. 6, 2013 in a formal ceremony at ICRISAT headquarters near Hyderabad, India. Known by the official name of “CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Cereals”, this new Program will breed more productive varieties of sorghum, pearl millet, barley and finger millet that are adapted to grow without irrigation under the hot, dry…

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Millet for our Bread by 2050? (Reuters)

A new study by the CGIAR Consortium’s Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) estimates that the global production of wheat, rice and maize could decrease by 13 to 20 percent in the coming decades because of climate change – even as production needs to rise by 70 percent to feed the 9 billion people by 2050. To do that, CGIAR scientists suggest that farmers may have to cultivate crops that are more drought and heat tolerant, like millet, sorghum and barley.

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The CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Cereals (Dryland Cereals) is a partnership between two members of the CGIAR Consortium – ICRISAT (lead center), and ICARDA, along with a number of public and private institutes and organizations, governments, and farmers globally.
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