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HarvestPlus improves nutrition and public health in India by promoting pearl millet that provides more iron and wheat that provides more zinc in the diet. We work with more than 45 partners drawn from government, business, and civil society.

HarvestPlus supports the National Agricultural Research System in India to breed, test, and release biofortified pearl millet and wheat developed through our partnership with the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT).

Iron pearl millet is one of the staple foods in arid and semi-arid regions of India, and wheat is the most important food grain of the country. Public and private seed companies play a critical role in commercializing seed for distribution to farmers. We support these companies with market research, nutrition studies, branding, and promotional strategies. Our partnerships also train farmers, retailers, and distributors on the benefits of biofortified pearl millet and wheat. 

Public awareness campaigns leverage the power of the media and national public health experts to highlight micronutrient deficiencies and promote adoption of nutritious crops. Our advocacy seeks to strengthen central and state-level ownership of biofortification through effective integration into nutrition and agricultural policies.

“Partnering with HarvestPlus gave us an opportunity to use our experience and distribution channels to serve our farmers by providing them with high-zinc wheat variety.”
— Sandeep Goel, Managing Director, Astha Beej Co. Pvt. Ltd

Country Contacts

Pearl Millet:
Binu Cherian, HarvestPlus Country Manager,
c/o ICRISAT, Patancheru 502324,
Phone: +91 (40) 30713770


Parminder Virk, Crop Development Manager,
c/o ICRISAT, Patancheru 502324,
Phone: +91 4030713074




• International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
• International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
• International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)
• International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)

• Aarti Flour Mill
• Ajeet Seeds Limited
• All India Coordinated Pearl Millet Improvement Project (AICPMIP)
• Ankur Seeds
• Astha Beej Pvt. Ltd.
• Banaras Hindu University
• Bayer BioScience Pvt. Ltd.
• Bioseed Research India Pvt. Ltd.
• Birsa Agricultural University
• CCS Haryana Agricultural University
• DevGen Seeds and Crop Tech Pvt. Ltd.
• Dhule College of Agriculture
• Ganga Kaveri Seeds Pvt. Ltd.
• Grameen Development Services (GDS)
• Gramin Uthan Evam Vaikalpik Vikas Samiti
• Hytech Seed India Pvt. Ltd.
• IMRB International
• India Biofortification Program
• Indian Agricultural Research Institute
• Indian Council on Agricultural Research
• Indian Institute of Rice Research
• Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research

• Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalaya (IGKV) University
• J Nehru Medical College
• JK Agri Genetics Ltd.
• Junagadh Agricultural University
• Karnataka State Seed Corporation ( KSSC)
• Kaveri Seeds Co. Ltd.
• Kesar Enterprises Ltd.
• Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth
• Maharashtra State Seeds Corporation (Mahabeej)
• Mahyco Metahelix Lifesciences Pvt. Ltd.
• Ministries of: Agriculture, Health, and Education
• Nath Biogene Pvt. Ltd.
• National Institute of Nutrition
• Nirmal Seeds Pvt. Ltd.
• Nuziveedu Seeds Pvt. Ltd.
• Pioneer Overseas Pvt. Ltd.
• Rasi Seeds
• Shakti Vardhak Hybrid Seeds Pvt. Ltd.

• SNDT Women’s University, Maharashtra
• Sood Seeds
• Sri Sai Seeds
• St. Johns Medical Research Center
• Swami Keshwanand Rajasthan Agricultural University
• Syngenta India 
• Tempest Advertising Pvt. Ltd.
• TNS Global
• Utthan
• Other: Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute-CHORI
• Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial 
• Cornell University
• Flinders University
• Harvard School of Public Health
• Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health
• North Atlantic University of Adelaide
• North Dakota State University
• Ohio State University
• Penn State University
• Research Organization
• Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH-Zurich)
• The Kiel Institute for the World Economy
• United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS)
• University of Colorado, Denver
• University of Georgia
• University of Michigan
• University of Oklahoma
• Waite Analytical Laboratory
• Western Human Nutrition Research Center