To keep abreast of the realities of climate change, a research collaboration is being planned on climate-smart crops, smart food and the digitalisation of a breeding database.

Last week a new three-year agreement towards tackling these issues was signed between the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT).

Apart from enriching global research, they hope to benefit farmers with small holdings in India.

“Dryland cereals and grain legumes are branded as ‘Smart Foods’ — good for consumers, farmers and the planet as they diversify farming systems and help smallholder farmers adapt to climate change. We enjoy a strong partnership with ICAR so we can deliver real results to improve the lives of farmers and their families in the harsh drylands,” said Dr David Bergvinson, Director General of ICRISAT, at the signing of the agreement.

The agreement will also facilitate research activities on transgenic pigeon-pea and chickpea for insect resistance.