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- It is a non-profit, non-political public international research organisation that conducts
agricultural research for development in Asia & sub-Saharan Africa.
- It helps farmers by providing improved crop varieties and hybrids and also helps
smallholder farmers in the drylands fight climate change.
- It conducts research on five highly nutritious drought-tolerant crops: chickpea,
pigeonpea, pearl millet, sorghum, and groundnut.
- It has been awarded 2021 Africa Food Prize for the Tropical Legumes Project that has
improved food security across 13 countries in sub-Saharan Africa