Climate change and Dryland stresses, Development Pathways, Policy & Institutions
19 Mar 21
UK Minister Lord Ahmad visits ICRISAT, discusses climate action
Lord Tariq Ahmad, FCDO, Climate-resilient agriculture, Biodiversity, Sustainability, Smallholder farmers, Genebank, Water harvesting
ICRISAT Happenings 1898-1, 19 March 2021
Lord Tariq Ahmad, Minister of State for South Asia and the Commonwealth in the UK Government’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), led a high-level delegation to discuss climate-resilient agriculture, biodiversity and sustainability during his visit to ICRISAT here on Thursday. ICRISAT helps smallholder farmers adapt to climate change and mitigate its devastating impacts on agriculture. Scientists from ICRISAT’s breeding and genomics facility demonstrated to Lord Ahmad how traits such as heat and drought-tolerance are identified and used to accelerate development of climate-resilient crops, how water conservation technologies help smallholder farmers increase their yields even when monsoon rains are scanty, and how biodiversity of crops important for drylands is preserved in the ICRISAT Genebank.
19 Mar 21