International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
ICRISAT is an international, non-profit organization that undertakes scientific research for development in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. To achieve true inclusive development within the agrarian community, smallholder farmers and households depending on the agricultural sector for their livelihood need to be empowered with tools and techniques that enable their active participation in the agricultural value chain.
ICRISAT thus advocates a holistic approach to its research agenda of improving the livelihood of smallholder farmers and the environment by focusing on partnerships and market-oriented, sustainable and inclusive research-led interventions made possible by its multi-disciplinary scientific community.
ICRISAT is a member of the CGIAR System Organization, with research centers in India, and in sub-Saharan Africa (Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Niger, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Ethiopia).
Agribusiness and Innovation Platform (AIP) of ICRISAT
AIP is a pioneering, public-private partnership initiative of ICRISAT that work towards furthering ICRISAT’s mission by upscaling its technology and research outcomes through agribusiness ventures and advocating sustainable interventions with partners so as to benefit smallholder farmers, youth, and women in the rural community. The Platform aims to connect with other stakeholders in the agri-innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem to foster the growth of agribusiness ventures and sharing of knowledge and information, that will help in improving the livelihood of the rural community and enhancing the contribution of the non-farm sector to local economic development.
AIP-ICRISAT has four programs; Agri-Business Incubator (ABI), Innovation and Partnership (INP) Program, NutriPlus Knowledge (NPK) Program, and Intellectual Property Facilitation Cell (IPFC).
AIP-ICRISAT is part of the Research Program on Innovation Systems for Drylands (RP-ISD) of ICRISAT.
Objectives of AIP-ICRISAT
- To identify and promote grassroots agri-innovations and support agri-entrepreneurs to establish sustainable agri-enterprises.
- To serve as a platform for agro-technology exchange from ICRISAT and its partners to the private/public sector.
- To facilitate socio-economic development, especially promoting new livelihood opportunities for women and youth.
- To act as a catalyst for Inclusive Market-Oriented Development (IMOD) by linking smallholder farmers to different stakeholders across the agricultural value chains and promoting value addition to farm produce.