Maharishi Initiative

G20 Meetings of Agricultural Chief Scientists (MACS) 2023 in Varanasi under India’s Presidency saw the launch of MAHARISHI Initiative.


  • MAHARISHI stands for Millets And otHer Ancient Grains International Research Initiative.
  • MAHARISHI secretariat shall be housed at Indian Institute of Millets Research (IIMR), Hyderabad with technical support from ICRISAT, One CGIAR Centres and other International organisations.

Focus areas of MAHARISHI are:

  • Establish mechanisms to connect researchers and institutions working in identified grain crops to enhance the dissemination of research findings and identify research gaps and needs.
  • Establish web platforms to connect researchers, exchange data, share communication products and thematic briefs to encourage research & information sharing.
  • Organise capacity building activities and international workshops & conferences.
  • Performance identification and recognition to scientists.

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