SAARC Centre and ICRISAT Ink Pact

IAS Prelims 2023

MoU has been signed between the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation – SAARC Agriculture Centre (SAC) and International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT).

ICRISAT and SAC will look for opportunities to carry out joint research in areas of mutual interest by sharing existing resources and results, as well as facilitate policy changes in National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS) to speed up the process of varietal release and dissemination in the region.

Under the collaboration, new and appropriate technologies will be adopted for maximising production and to increase sustained productivity in stress-prone areas through the extensive SAARC network.

This will help small-holding farmers to adopt these new and improved technologies to increase food production and raise their incomes in areas with limited availability of water.

A new partnership has been formed to build a network to accelerate use of technologies in agriculture across eight countries in South Asia.