Highest risk of hunger (2030-50 projections)
More than 300 million poor and malnourished live in the target ecologies
Improving natural resources & ecosystem
Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for the largest share (22%) of the global cost of land degradation of US$ 300 billion
199 million stunted children in the target regions of Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia
News & updates
Every year after the rice harvest in South Asia, a vast area of over 15 million hectares lies idle (fallow) until the next rice planting season several months later. The region’s food needs are fast accelerating along with burgeoning populations, so scientists in...read more
To make quality seeds of improved sorghum easily accessible, a consortium of institutions is taking up 3000 tons of seed production this year to supply more than 10% of India’s farmers, who are often deterred from cultivating improved sorghum owing to non-availability...read more
In their effort to ensure food and nutrition security in the face of rising carbon dioxide levels and climate change, researchers at ICRISAT, in a first of its kind study, have demonstrated what elevated CO2 does to chickpea and have uncovered the molecular basis for...read more
One year after it began, Accelerated Varietal Improvement and Seed Delivery of Legumes and Cereals in Africa (AVISA) project is being strengthened to magnify its impact potential with a two-year supplementary grant from USAID…read more
When fall armyworm first arrived on the African continent in 2016, the potential loss of crops was estimated to potentially cost farmers over USD 13 billion per year throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, threatening the livelihoods of millions. Native to the Americas, fall...read more
Dr Rajeev Varshney from the Center of Excellence in Genomics and Systems Biology, ICRISAT, sheds light on his recent research in an interview with BioTechniques, a MEDLINE peer-reviewed, open access journal. Please can you give us a short summary of your article,...read more
GLDC mission and vision
Discover ways to transform underperforming agri-food systems in the target ecologies of South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa into well-functioning systems.
Deliver greater crop technologies, productivity and economic gains from market linkages and value chain development.
GLDC Research is communicated through collaborative work by the participating centres, highlighting our constant emphasis on partnerships and collaboration. Watch this space as we share some unique ideas that highlight the broad thematic areas and solutions.
Young people from Kiembara’s artisanal gold sites return to agriculture (English)
Ensures that GLDC research is demand-driven, outcome-focused, inclusive and scalable with high potential for large impact contributing to the Strategy and Results Framework (SRF) and System Level Outcomes (SLOs).
Improves the profitability, productivity and sustainability of smallholder farming systems using on-farm and in-household innovation to ensure household nutritional security and enhanced income generation through integrated crop, tree and livestock production systems.
Strengthens agri-food system mechanisms to respond and adapt to context-specific and evolving needs of women, men and young farmers, value chain and governance actors.
High-yielding, nutrient-dense and market-preferred GLDC varieties and hybrids will be made locally available and utilized by women, men and young farmers and value chain actors.
Widens the genetic base of GLDC crops and provides an extensive tool kit of modern genomics, genetic enhancement, breeding tools and high precision phenotyping for efficient breeding.
Analyses the agroecological and social context of the common bean crop, and develops and disseminates new varieties within a production-to-consumption corridor approach.
Projected outcomes (2022-2030)
50% women beneficiaries
Farm households adopt
2022 8.9 million
2030 21.7 million
2022 4.4 million
2030 11.8 million
Meet daily nutritional needs
2022 12.7 million
2030 24.8 million
Cumulative carbon inputs to soils
2020 4.9 million tons
2030 13.1 million tons