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ICRISAT Wins Prestigious UNDP Mahatma Award 2023 for Work in Bundelkhand, India

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30 September 2023, New Delhi: The award-winning submission highlighted community-led innovations in landscape management in Central India’s Bundelkhand region. Through a combination of rainwater harvesting structures and agroforestry measures, biodiversity in the seven Bundelkhand sites, covering approximately 40,000 hectares, experienced a significant revival.

Ms Mugdha Arora, the Award Director, commended the institute for making it through the rigorous evaluation process and demanding jury rounds of the Mahatma Award selection. She congratulated ICRISAT in a letter that hailed the institute’s extraordinary accomplishments.

“Your dedication to social good has set a shining example for others to emulate. Your selection for the Mahatma Award 2023 is not just a recognition of your past accomplishments but also a celebration of your vision for a greener, bio-diversified, equitable, and sustainable world. Your commitment to making positive change has touched the lives of many and serves as an inspiration for all of us,” said Ms Mugdha Arora.

The Mahatma Award 2023 will be formally conferred upon ICRISAT at a ceremony scheduled for September 30, 2023. The event will be held at the India International Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi. As part of this honor, ICRISAT will receive a certificate and a specially crafted bust of Mahatma Gandhi, designed and produced by the Aditya Birla Eternal Gandhi Initiative.

About the Award:

The Mahatma Award was founded and instituted by Philanthropist Mr Amit Sachdeva, also known as ‘The CSR Man of India’. The annual award is supported by the Aditya Birla Group and the United Nations Development Programme.

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