The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), in Patancheru, India, honored former agriculture Secretary William D. Dar, who served as its Director General from 2000 to 2014, by naming a new building after him.
Known as the ‘William D Dar Agribusiness Centre,’ the facility houses ICRISAT’s Agribusiness and Innovation Platform (AIP).
“In recognition of your achievements as Director General, particularly for your vision in the creation of Inclusive Market Oriented Development (IMOD), the Institute has decided that the building housing the Agribusiness Innovation Platform (AIP) will bear your name,” said Chandra A. Madramootoo, chairperson of the ICRISAT governing board.
Dar, with wife Beatriz, witnessed the unveiling of a marker, on February 17, 2017, along with ICRISAT Director General David Bergvinson.
“I consider this event providential, as it happens that one of my latest advocacies and engagements is in agribusiness incubation. Today, the Third World is waking up to the necessity of agribusiness incubation,” Dar said in his acceptance speech.
Before retiring in 2014, he founded an agri-based civil society organization called Inang Lupa Movement, Inc.
“I owe ICRISAT the privilege of having founded Inang Lupa. Along with agribusiness incubation, today we are into developing young Filipino farmers into entrepreneurs,” noted Dar before dozens of ICRISAT officials and guests at the new ‘William D. Dar Agribusiness Centre.’