RP Scientist Reappointed as Head of India-Based Agency

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RP Scientist Reappointed as Head of India-Based Agency


An international agricultural research organization based in India has appointed a Filipino scientist to head the agency for the third consecutive term because of his exemplary performance and strong leadership for the past nine years.Former Agriculture Secretary Dr. William Dar has been appointed as Director General (DG) of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) based in Patancheru, India for the third consecutive term, from January 2010 to December 2014.Dar has been leading the international organization since January 2000. He served as agriculture secretary during the time of President Joseph Estrada.“The [ICRISAT] Governing Board (GB) highly commended [Dar] for the great success of 2008, excellent performance, strong leadership and big achievements in the last nine years,” ICRISAT said.Dar said his third term “gives him the opportunity to continue his work of leading a world-class team that delivers high-quality science research products that improve the livelihood of the poor dryland farmers,” aiming to help the institute grow towards the next level in agricultural research and development.“As the leading international dryland agricultural research institute, ICRISAT has improved the productivity of nutritious dryland crops that help sustain the lives of the poor farmers. By helping the farmers overcome current risks, we enable them to climate-proof their agricultural systems for the future,” Dar said. …

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