The world’s largest agricultural research partnership, The CGIAR Consortium has as of 2 March 2012 been granted status of official International Organization. The status will allow the Consortium to operate as an independent organization and speak with one voice at an international level.
The official signing ceremony, and with that the ratification of the agreement, took place in Paris, at the Danish Embassy with Ambassador Dorte Riggelsen signing the agreement on behalf of the Danish Government. Denmark has been working in partnership with CGIAR for 40 years and has donated more than US$204 million in essential contributions to the organization. Read more »
Agriculture features prominently in the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Global Sustainability newly released sustanability report “Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A future worth choosing” (PDF). The message is clear: agriculture is a fundamental component of sustainable development, and smallholder farmers can help the world achieve the necessary transformations.
The report is launched 25 years after the pioneering Brundtland Commission report, which first introduced the concept of sustainable development. The High-level Panel has formulated a new vision for sustainable growth and prosperity, and the mechanisms needed to achieve it.
In a recent opinion piece, Lloyd Le Page, CEO of the CGIAR Consortium, draws attention to the drought in East Africa, and how agricultural research can help prevent a similar crisis in the future:
“Focusing our efforts on long-term solutions via research and innovation would not only enhance our understanding of extreme weather events like drought, but also provide vital knowledge and technologies that farmers, herders, aid workers and policymakers can use to inform decisions on how to cope with them.”
The CGIAR news briefing “Famine in the Horn of Africa: Challenges and Opportunities for Mitigating Drought-Induced Food Crises” held on 1 September at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, Kenya was visited by several prominent guest and researchers while at the same time being streamed online. This made the research briefing accessible to a whole new audience! Read more »
A new article in the journal Food Policy reviews evidence on the impacts of CGIAR research published since 2000 in order to provide insight into how successfully the CGIAR Centers have been in pursuing the System’s core missions. The review, by Mitch Renkow and Derek Byerlee suggests that CGIAR research contributions in crop genetic improvement, pest management, natural resources management, and policy research have, in the aggregate, yielded strongly positive impacts relative to investment, and appear likely to continue doing so. Read more »
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