Modernizing crop breeding programs, enhanced monitoring and evaluation, digital agriculture and strategic research support to Africa locations were a few of the key topics discussed at the recent biannual Governing Board Meeting. In a review of the first phase (2012-2016) of the two CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs) led by ICRISAT – Dryland Cereals and Grain Legumes – it was recalled that over 256 new legume varieties and 119 new dryland cereal varieties were developed and released in sub-Saharan Africa and India. For the next phase of the CRP, based on the audit reviews of Phase I, the Board recommended that ICRISAT management invest time, talent and resources to develop a lucid and compelling Phase II CRP proposal. Read More