Climate change and Dryland stresses, Development Pathways, Policy & Institutions
18 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
Lord Ahmad toured ICRISAT’s field experiments, water and biodiversity management facilities, genomics facilities and the genebank. At the genebank, the Minister witnessed the genetic diversity of dryland crops preserved at ICRISAT. More than 91% of the 128,691 accessions in the genebank have been duplicated at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. ICRISAT’s mandate crops – millets, sorghum, groundnut, chickpea and pigeonpea, are highly nutritious, help smallholder farmers mitigate climate risks as they grow in harsh climates, poor soils and require less inputs. They are a good climate risk management strategy for farmers, a source of income and help assure food and nutrition security in the community.
18 Mar 21