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ESA Governing Board April 2021

ICRISAT Governing Board concludes its third virtual board meeting

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ESA Governing Board April 2021

  1. 1. East & Southern Africa Research and Regional Program Presentation at the 98th Governing Board meeting Program Committee 20 April 2021
  2. 2. Presentation at the 98th ICRISAT Governing Board Meeting Program Committee 20 April 2020 Finger Millet Sorghum Groundnut Pigeonpea Pearl Millet Chickpea 53 Fe dense (> 60 ppm) lines identified in the Fe biofortification program -3 varieties released in Malawi -41 chickpea lines evaluated suitable for mechanical harvest to reduce drudgery to women with high yielding, big seed, early maturity, drought resistance. -New hybrid variety released in partnership with Seed Co. in Zimbabwe. Disease- resistant, suited for brewing, food and forage uses and is adaptable to diverse agro- ecologies -3 varieties released in Malawi for the first time. -Average yield of 2176 kg/ha compared to 350-500 kg/ha for local varieties -3 new Spanish groundnut varieties were validated and cleared for wide cultivation in Malawi -Produced 45 MT of breeder seed -Developed and evaluated 20 medium and 30 long elite lines in Kenya which are Fusarium wilt-tolerant, double podded 1. Building Resilient Food Systems to Overcome Poverty, Hunger and Malnutrition 1.1. Varietal development and deployment:
  3. 3. Presentation at the 98th ICRISAT Governing Board Meeting Program Committee 20 April 2020 1.2 Nutrition and Health • In Kenya we leveraged SourceTrace digital platforms to disseminate nutrition information. A total of 918,374 messages were delivered to 20,222 households; out of which 12,133 (60%) were women-headed. • Over 22,000 households and 2,000 frontline workers were reached in Malawi with agriculture, nutrition and health messages. 1.3 Crop Protection • Fall army worm:246 accessions of sorghum mini- core collection were screened for resistance to fall armyworm at Chitedze Research station in Malawi. 5 accessions showed a constant level of high resistance. • Maize lethal Necrosis: Over 200 symptomatic sorghum, maize, napier grass, finger millet, and pearl millet plants were sampled and tested for causal viruses. 3
  4. 4. Presentation at the 98th ICRISAT Governing Board Meeting Program Committee 20 April 2020 2. Reducing Environmental Degradation: • ICRISAT deployed integrated watershed management in the dry highlands (Yewol watershed) and lowlands (Afar) of Ethiopia. Between 2010 and 2020, cultivated and vegetation lands coverage increased by 44% and 16%, respectively; and bare lands decreased by 59%. 3. Developing climate change resilience and mitigation • Gains were made in Smart Water Management tools and Agricultural Innovation Platforms. Project sites in Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe pointed to increased crop yields ranging from 28-313%, income increase of 43-94% in farmer households. 4 Change in land use/cover in 2010, 2015 and 2020 using flood water spreading weirs in Ethiopia
  5. 5. Presentation at the 98th ICRISAT Governing Board Meeting Program Committee 20 April 2020 4. Business continuity during the COVID-19 pandemic 4.1 Coping mechanisms • A regional crisis management team continuously reviewed the ICRISAT Risk Impact Assessment for COVID-19 and Staged Action Plans; majority of staff worked from home • Use of Virtual platforms for delivery, meetings and Trainings 4.2 Impact of COVID-19 • (i)Research: Field operations through staff and partners residing near research sites, in few cases encountered delays and challenges with data collection • (ii) Genebank Facilities: Critical staff resided near facilities to monitor cold-room temperatures and viability. Overall no losses were recorded. • (iii) Resource Mobilization: Donor shift to emergency response to COVID-19 which reduced funding opportunities. Repositioned proposals to COVID-19 for recovery phase to building resilience for long-term. 5
  6. 6. Presentation at the 98th ICRISAT Governing Board Meeting Program Committee 20 April 2020 Thank You Questions? 6

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