Dryland Cereals Competitive Grants 2015

Building new collaborations and reinforcing the existing partnerships to deliver innovative, practical and adaptive technologies to farmers, Dryland Cereals launched its Competitive Grants Scheme in April 2015. The scheme meant for partners as the lead institute aimed at substantiating the increasing scope of agricultural R4D in Dryland Cereals research by judiciously allocating budgets to partner activities for which strengths and/or expertise were not present within the participating centers.

A total of 73 applications were received with a total request of over 4.5 million. Of the 73 applications, 12 projects were selected based on a two-level selection process. The criteria selection included the quality of the application, the relevance of research to Dryland Cereals, research novelty, work plan, proposed team and partners. The selection teams included representatives from the Dryland Cereals Independent Advisory Committee and the Research Management Committee.

The twelve projects are in various stages of progress, and will be completed by the end of August 2016.

Crop Project Lead Institute
1. Barley Fe, Zn, and β-Glucan dense barley for women and children National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA-Morocco)
2. Barley Improvement of hulless barley for food purpose ICAR- Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research, Karnal -132 001, Haryana, India
3. Barley Doubled haploid technology for fast track improvement of barley for the North Africa Region Institut de Genech, Genech, France
4. Finger Millet Exploitation of Eleusine kigeziensis to enhance adaptation to climate change in cultivated finger millet Mikocheni Agricultural Research Institute (MARI), Tanzania
5. Pearl Millet Mapping and development of breeder friendly marker kit for A1 & A4-systems of fertility restoration in pearl millet Indian Institute of Millets Research (IIMR), Rajendranagar, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
6. Pearl Millet Development of pearl millet forage hybrids and pearl millet-napier (PN) hybrids for high biomass and quality suited for different agro climatic zones of India. Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
7. Pearl Millet Genetic analysis of blast resistance in pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum L. R. Br.) ICAR- Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India
8. Sorghum Participatory testing of high yielding, sorghum midge tolerant varieties in Burkina Faso Institut de l’Envrionement et de Recherches Agricoles (INERA), Burkina Faso
9. Sorghum BC1 derived sorghum lines top crosses evaluation and hybrids responses to intensification  sorghum IER  Mali
10. Sorghum Fast-tracking sorghum innovations for improved Productivity and Food Security in Semi-Arid Areas of Tanzania Ilonga Agricultural Research Institute (IARI)
11. Sorghum Site evaluation for field phenotyping network CERAAS/ISRA- CIRAD
12. Sorghum Improving production, processing and market opportunities of African sorghum varieties Institut de l’Environnement et de Recherches Agricoles (INERA), Burkina Faso
DRYLAND CEREALS
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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