Research institute ICRISAT has signed an agreement with Telangana government’s start-up incubator T-Hub to develop an incubation hub for agriculture and sponsor various farm-related programmes. The statement issued by The International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) said the pact includes setting up of an incubation hub for agriculture. In addition to that, the T-Hub will help in organizing agriculture-related programmes, events and workshops. T-Hub CEO Jay Krishnan said in a statement-

“It is with this motive that we are keen to innovate and push the boundary in the agri-technology space. The T-Hub and Icrisat engagement model is a unique one and designed to challenge and bring change to the agri landscape in India,” - icrisat

The partnership also states the launch of an international Agricultural Innovation Programme and the initiative will begin by sourcing agri-technology startups from Israel. ICRISAT will also become a partner in T-Hub’s Accelerator programme in the agriculture domain , which offers course to start-up entrepreneurs. Director General of ICRISAT, David Bergvinson said –

“This is a unique collaboration that brings together Icrisat’s expertise in agriculture across the value chain and T-Hub’s vibrant and extensive network of entrepreneurs who have varied skills and creative capabilities… We also plan to run multiple collaborations, including theme-based hackathons and acceleration programmes,”

The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is an international organisation which conducts agricultural research for rural development, headquartered in Patancheru (Hyderabad, Telangana) with several regional centers in Mali, Kenya and research stations Niger, Nigeria, Malawi, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe. It was founded in 1972 by a consortium of organisations convened by the Ford and the Rockefeller Foundations. Its charter was signed by the FAO and the UNDP.

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