South Asia

As part of its global mandate, ICRAF established the South Asia Regional Programme (SARP) in 2003, with its headquarters in New Delhi, India.

SARP places a strong emphasis on implementation with and through the national agricultural and forestry research, education and extension systems of the partner countries including government and non-government organizations, universities, corporate houses, and civic and advocacy bodies. This has resulted in innovative partnership arrangements among CGIAR Centres, the national systems and more recently enterprises engaged in Corporate Social Responsibility.

Our regional team was instrumental in supporting the emergence of the world’s first National Agroforestry Policy in India. The roll out of this policy and its adaptation in neighbouring countries remains a major focus of the team – showing the importance of presence and context in the delivery of appropriate and relevant solutions and options.

The South Asia Regional programme focuses on four agroecological environments:

  • The mountainous regions of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, northeast India and Nepal
  • The Indo-Gangetic Plains of Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan
  • Humid coastal areas of Bangladesh, India, Maldives and Sri Lanka
  • Semi-arid lands of India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka

Regional office: India