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October 20, 2014



Director general of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics to present lecture Oct. 20

By Maria Sweet

The international agriculture programs will present a seminar by William Dar, director general of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics in India, from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, in 137 Waters Hall. Refreshments will be offered preceding the seminar at 11:30 a.m.

Dar has served as presidential adviser for rural development, secretary of agriculture in the Philippines, executive director of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resources Research and Development and director of the Bureau of Agricultural Research of the Philippine Department of Agriculture.

The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics is a nonprofit organization that conducts agricultural research for development in the dryland regions of Asia and sub-Saharan Africa with a wide array of partners throughout the world. The dryland regions of the world cover 6.5 million square kilometers of land in 55 countries and are home to more than 2 billion people, of which 644 million are the poorest of the poor. The institute is a member of the CGIAR Consortium, which is a global agricultural research for development partnership.