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Partnerships to tackle food security mega-challenges

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Jan 22, 2015


Alain Vidal (CGIAR Consortium)


Alain Vidal shares his views on the necessary steps to achieve a sustainable future for our food system.

The sheer scale and urgency of our world’s food security mega-challenges require action from many partners. 

How do we make Agricultural Research for Development (AR4D) leadership coalitions work in an ethical and inclusive way? How can we ensure that actors stay focused on their common objectives? After all, we all share the goals of reducing poverty, improving food and nutrition security and health, as well as improving natural resources management and ecosystem services.

The Global Alliance on Climate-Smart Agriculture (GACSA) launched during the UN Climate Summit in New York last September is a good model as it brings together governments, major NGOs, research institutions and private companies. In this regard, it is similar to the multi-stakeholder model promoted by the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation that came out of Busan. It also presents common challenges, for instance:

  • Because of the diversity of GACSA partners and how they are represented, the forum runs the risk of replicating a UN model, particularly when dealing with contentious issues.
  • Criticism voiced by a large group of civil society organisations who fear that GACSA would actually promote “corporate-smart greenwash” including the promotion of Genetically Modified Organisms, and not care for the poor and vulnerable.

Read the full story on the Effective Development Co-operation Blog to find out about the challenges and proposed solutions.