CFS47 side-event 'Transforming agricultural innovation for people, nature and climate'

Ayush Manik
Solar Powered Irrigation System in BISA Farm, Pusa, Bihar, India
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Faced with accelerating climate change, we need a step change in agricultural innovation.

Better focus and coordination—with enhanced efforts to scale what works—will deliver benefits to people, nature and climate. But significant gaps remain in the evidence base on what works, where and how, and this prevents us from achieving our climate goals.

This side-event to the Committee of Food Security 47 (CFS47) will present the latest evidence on the challenges and opportunities in scaling approaches that are proven to work, building on innovations and demand-driven solutions.

This side-event enables stakeholders to make commitments or pledges that transform innovation systems in agriculture. It is these commitments that will form the building blocks to the climate-smart future that United Nations Food Systems Summit and COP26 can secure.

Co-hosts: CCAFS, CGIAR, UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and Thanawat Tiensin - Permanent Representative of Thailand to the UN Agencies in Rome.

Partners: International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

This event will drive forward the Transforming Agricultural Innovation for People, Nature and Climate campaign, co-chaired by CCAFS and the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. Pledge your support today.  


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Scene setting and introduction by ChairKanayo F. Nwanze, CGIAR Special Representative to the UN Food Systems Summit
13:05Welcoming remarksMaria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), United Nations
13:10Opening presentation: Transforming agricultural innovation systems

Rachel Glennerster, Chief Economist, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, United Kingdom


Panel discussion:

Evidence gaps and best practice approaches to transform agricultural innovation systems

Joao Campari, Chair, Action Track 3 - Boost Nature Positive Production at Scale, United Nations Food Systems Summit and Global Leader of Food Practice, WWF

Jyotsna Puri, Director, Environment, Climate, Gender, Youth, Nutrition and Social Inclusion, IFAD

Thanawat Tiensin, Permanent Representative of Thailand to the FAO, IFAD and WFP

Ishmael Sunga, Chief Executive Officer, Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU)

13:40Live Audience Q&A 
14:00Closing comments from Panelists 
14:05Closing and next stepsKundhavi Kadiresan, Managing Director, Global Engagement and Innovation, CGIAR System Organization