The conference is hosted by CAZRI, Jodhpur which is a premier research Institute of its own kind that was established in October 1959 by Government of India on the recommendations of a UNESCO expert, Dr. C.S. Christian of CSIRO, Australia, to promote sustainable development of the Indian Arid Zone. The Institute is an integral part of the National Agricultural Research System of India under Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Department of Agricultural Research and Education, Government of India.
During sixty years of its existence, CAZRI has provided a better understanding of the arid environment and its resources and has released several technologies that have influenced the land-use and livelihood options improving the overall productivity of this fragile agro-climatic region. Located at Jodhpur, in the Thar Desert, CAZRI has been at the forefront of mobilizing scientific, technical and policy-related expertise to improve the livelihood and living conditions of the desert dwellers with a focus on improved agriculture and environmental sustainability.