Achieving the vision of the Priorities and Partnerships for CSA Flagship requires engagement with partners all along the impact pathway.
Oxford University’s ECI adds value through their work on food systems and their expertise on scenarios for policy guidance. Strategic research partner IIASA is a world leader in integrated assessment modelling, complementing CGIAR expertise with additional capacity in land-use and environmental modelling. CSIRO adds value in systems modelling at multiple scales. LEI WUR adds value in multisectoral economy-wide modelling of food system outcomes at different scales. This CCAFS flagship has strong links with Future Earth’s Earth System Governance project and other partners (Universities of Pretoria, Osnabrück, Indiana), who bring expertise in political economy and behavioural decision-making. Links with universities (Universities of Reading, Cape Town, Leeds, UCI) and IRI bring cutting-edge climate science to bear. IDS, IIED, ODI, IISD, and Stockholm Resilience Centre bring strong skills in R4D and policy analysis.
Key partners at the proof of concept and scaling out levels include regional organizations such as NEPAD, ECOWAS, COMESA, AGN, IGAD, ASEAN, CAC, ECLAC, FLAR, and ASARECA, and international NGOs and networks such as CARE, CTA, GACSA, WEF and WBCSD. International and bilateral partners for scaling out include FAO, IFAD, GIZ, World Bank, and in future, international investment and climate finance institutions such as GCF, where CCAFS and partner-produced science may influence investment priorities in target countries. Other key proof of concept and scaling out partners include national ministries and development agencies involved in policy planning and implementation, such as FANRPAN and ACCRA, meteorological services and climate change units in several countries in LAM, WA and EA, and existing climate change and agriculture platforms, e.g. in Senegal. Such partners are next-users of CCAFS’s outputs. Communications for development partners such as Mediae will be increasingly important for scaling out, as they offer opportunities to reach millions of rural households.
Links with the private sector are crucial to foster uptake of CSA at scale. The scenarios work has built several downstream partnerships: commercial farmers’ organizations, agribusinesses, traders and commercial investment banks. Increasing opportunities exist to guide private sector investment. Initiatives such as SUSFANS, TRANSMANGO and CIMSANS that involve FP1 partners at ECI, WUR and CSIRO already have food industry partners (Unilever, Nestle, Mars).