Over US$30 billion a year is spent on agricultural research and development, but much of it has limited societal impact. “Pilots never fail, but pilots never scale.” Research needs to be embedded in innovation systems that can deliver impacts at scale. How to do this? This session explores ways to revitalize national and international research, balance the new with the old and proven, ensure that new and appropriate skills and partnerships are in place, invigorate rural agricultural livelihoods where feasible and provide safety nets where not, and capitalize on new funding streams. The session will be made up of short live and recorded interviews from innovators in their fields, with an interactive audience session for Q&As and ideas for personal and organisational action over the next one and five years.
Philip Thornton, Flagship Leader and Principal Scientist CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)
Rachel Lambert, Senior Livelihoods Adviser, UK Department for International Development (DFID)
Charles Spillane, Professor and Director of Ryan Institute, National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway)
Mario Herrero, Chief Research Scientist of Agriculture and Food, The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
Marieke Veeger, Scenarios Coordinator for Latin America, University for International Cooperation (UCI) and CCAFS
Where to watch the event
- Report: Actions to Transform Food Systems Under Climate Change
- Blog: New technologies can be disruptive; maximizing the positives for farmers
Hosted from: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Local time: 13:00 – 13:45 BST
The event will be livestreamed on our website, watch here.
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