Central Research Institute for Dry land Agriculture (CRIDA) is a National Research Institute under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) established in 1985 with a mandate to carry out basic and applied research in rain fed farming. The Institute also undertakes National/ International Collaborations and Consultancy Projects. All India Coordinated Research Programmes (AICRPs) of ICAR on Dry land Agriculture and Agro meteorology with 25 partners each are in CRIDA. This is the lead Institute and the National Nodal point for the National Innovations in Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) which is being implemented at large number of Research Institutes of ICAR, State Agricultural Universities and 100 KVKs.
CRIDA continually endeavours to forge new linkages and collaborations with stakeholders while renewing and strengthening old ones. CRIDA promotes action oriented research in public - private partnership mode through consortium approach. It has strong collaboration with ICRISAT, ILRI, IWMI, ANGRAU and other SAUs, JNTU, University of Delhi, Osmania University and other Universities and NGOs for developing and refining technologies for improving profitability in rain fed agriculture. CRIDA also plays a role in advising agencies such as central / state line departments to develop suitable policies for implementing programmes on rain fed agriculture. The Institute undertakes specific basic, applied, strategic and anticipatory research programmes fulfilling mandates of both itself and donors agencies. The partners in this mode include CSIR, DBT, DST, NOVOD Board, PPIC, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh and the like. CRIDA also undertakes consultancy programmes for specific tasks from Government of Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, WWF, etc. CRIDA takes inputs from IMD and NCMRWF and generates value added outputs for the benefit of rain fed farmers.
Publications: Ch. Srinivasa Rao, K.V. Rao, S. Desai, A.V.M. Subba Rao, Md. Osman, I. Srinivas and S.S. Balloli Preparedness for Agriculture Contingencies-Kharif, 2016, Summary of Interface Meetings and Way Forward Technical Bulletin 2/2016
Kaushalya Ramachandran, M.Gayatri, J.Satish, V.Praveen and N.Thaligavathi 2016. Measuring agricultural sustainability - spatial evaluation of development in watershed projects. Indian Journal of Soil Conservation V:44,No.2, 120-132.
Divisions: All India Coordinated Research Project for Dryland Agriculture (AICRPDA), All India Coordinated Research Project on Agrometeorology (AICRPAM), Division of Resource Management (DRM), Division of Crop Sciences (DCS), Section of Design & Analysis (SDA), Section of Transfer of Technology (TOT), Prioritization Monitoring and Evaluation Cell (PME Cell), Agriculture Knowledge Management Unit (AKMU)