Research in crop improvement is providing large returns, but with yields at a plateau, farmers face important challenges. Diseases and pests are constantly evolving, and can sometimes overcome resistance in a plant. ICRISAT plant breeders continuously develop varieties with multiple genetic sources of resistance so they can deploy new cultivars when needed.
US$ 10 billion - Estimated annual public investment in agricultural research for developing countries
US$ 14 billion - Estimated additional annual investment needed to cut hunger in half by 2015
50% - Year-on-year net return to investment in developing early maturing pearl millet variety Okashana