WOTR and CRIDA sign Strategic MoU to Advance Dryland Agriculture

Climate Resilient Agriculture, CSR Partnerships

February, 2024

WOTR and CRIDA sign Strategic MoU to Advance Dryland Agriculture


A new chapter opens for India’s drylands with a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR) and the ICAR’s Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture (ICAR-CRIDA). This strategic partnership will seek to blend on-the-ground experience with scientific expertise, aiming to propel dryland agriculture into a future of resilience and sustainability.

At the heart of this MoU lies a shared vision: to empower dryland communities by fostering innovation and knowledge-sharing. CRIDA, a premier research institute, brings to the table its deep understanding of arid ecosystems and its arsenal of drought-mitigating technologies. WOTR, a seasoned champion of rural development, boasts an intimate connection with grassroots realities, and in-house unit for trans-disciplinary applied research (Research-in-Use) and a proven track record of facilitating knowledge-based participatory development.

This synergy is expected to bring about a cascade of positive outcomes including:

  1. Sustainable Agricultural Practices: The MOU solidifies a joint commitment to develop, test, and disseminate sustainable agricultural practices, particularly in the context of climate resilience in rainfed areas.
  2. Collaborative Research:
      • Exchange of scientists and technologists for mutual benefit.
      • Sharing of scientific data and literature to enrich both organizations’ knowledge base..
      • Joint development of collaborative research projects addressing key challenges in dryland agriculture.
      • Joint development of a framework, mechanism and methodology that provides locale and crop specific weather based agricultural advisories.
  3. Training and Capacity Building:
      • Focus on enhancing knowledge and skills of farmers and stakeholders.
      • Implementation of hands-on workshops, case studies, and field visits to promote practical learning and adaptation.

As CRIDA and WOTR embark on this joint venture, their unified efforts are expected to yield significant contributions to sustainable agricultural practices, ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA), and policy development, paving the way for a more resilient and sustainable future.

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