A checking out European Union delegation to ICRISAT’s regional hub in Mali, led by H.E. Ambassador Bart Ouvry has commended ICRISAT and reaffirmed the grouping’s support for the Institute’s perform in enhancing food items and dietary security for Malian farmers.
The Ambassador was accompanied by Kristina Kühnel, Ambassador of Sweden and associates of the Embassies of Germany, France, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Denmark who visited the hub on the 29th June.
Ambassador Ouvry congratulated ICRISAT on winning the 2021 African Foods Prize and for celebrating 50 years of providing scientific and humanitarian impacts globally.
“This exploration middle warrants our assist it develops solutions to enable Sahelians to boost the quality and quantity of foods. A elementary concern in check out of the globe meals circumstance,” reported H.E Bart Ouvry pursuing a tour of ICRISAT’s facilities.
In his opening presentation, Dr Ramadjita Tabo, Regional Director, ICRISAT-West and Central Africa gave an overview of ICRISAT’s do the job about 50 years.
“Founded in 1972, ICRISAT’s mission is to support establish the ability of 600 million people to triumph over starvation, poverty and environmental degradation in the semi-arid tropics through local weather-resilient agriculture,” explained Dr Tabo.
In close collaboration with nationwide analysis methods and their partners ICRISAT has fostered good results in agricultural investigation by producing new substantial-yielding, nutrient-prosperous, crops kinds tailored to the a variety of agro-climatic zones.
The institute has also led the progress and dissemination of improved varieties and hybrids of sorghum, millet and groundnut, which have enabled farmers to make improvements to their efficiency, supported by systems for h2o conservation and integrated administration of soil fertility these kinds of as the micro-dosing of fertilizers. By way of its gene banks, the Institute conserves worthwhile genetic means of millet, sorghum and groundnuts.
Clever Food items
The stop by started with an exhibition of “Smart Food” goods produced from millet, sorghum, groundnuts and cowpeas.
Speaking at the celebration Ms Agathe Diama, Head Regional Communications and Smart Food items Coordinator, ICRISAT – West and Central Africa spoke on the escalating value of Sensible Food stuff.
“The Intelligent Food initiative aims to promote a balanced diet regime via the output and development of nutrient-loaded, local weather-resilient and regionally offered crops in get to strengthen the diet and dwelling situations of smallholder farmers,” claimed Ms Diama.
“The “Smart Food” initiative aims in particular to deliver youngsters with a balanced every day foods intake as a result of the use of cereals bio-fortified with iron and zinc”, included Dr Tabo.
The delegation also frequented ICRISAT’s fashionable aflatoxin laboratory, the gene bank and experimental greenhouses. Demonstrations had been offered applying electronic technologies for agricultural surveys and progressive port-harvest tools which were recommended for overcoming traditional details accumulating difficulties.
ICRISAT – EU Collaboration
ICRISAT Director Standard, Dr Jacqueline Hughes said the take a look at by the delegation was equally warmly welcomed and encouraging specified the escalating food stuff stability issues facing establishing nations in view of switching geo-politics, weather improve and weak institutional frameworks, as but some of the challenges going through predominantly agrarian primarily based producing economies.
“ICRISAT recognises the generosity and progressive guidance the EU provides to addressing some of the most significant issues facing tiny holder dry land farmers right now, and we have been delighted to do the job in partnership to provide the required remedies being called for.
“Our collaboration on the EU funded job, ‘Enhancing crop efficiency and weather resilience for food security and nourishment in Mali’ is but 1 exemplar of this tactic.
“We glance ahead to continuing engagement with our friends and associates in the EU to fortify our collaboration in get to much better answer to the foodstuff and dietary demands of about 2.1 billion individuals in the drylands” explained Dr Hughes.
ICRISAT’s regional research centre positioned in Samanko, a few kilometers from Bamako, hosts numerous other study institutes (Worldveg, ICRAF, IITA, ILRI) doing the job on improving upon crop productivity and weather resilience for food protection and diet in Mali.
The improvement of agriculture and the advancement of food items and dietary stability is a main area of intervention for the European Union.
The EU-funded project “Enhancing crop productivity and climate resilience for food stuff protection and nourishment in Mali” is currently being applied by ICRISAT. The project aims to contribute to the sustainable improve of agricultural efficiency and farmers’ incomes in the context of local climate modify in 4 areas (Sikasso, Kayes, Segou and Koulikoro), concentrating on 10,000 producers.
The Netherlands and Germany are also funding exploration tasks as a result of ICRISAT for the scaling up of enhanced groundnut types and new superior-yielding and nutrient-abundant kinds of sorghum and millet.