Introduction

Neil Palmer (CIAT/CCAFS)

Welcome from CCAFS Director Bruce Campbell

Welcome from CCAFS Director Bruce Campbell

The power of partnerships – in helping foster outcomes and contributing to important scientific outputs – is the theme of our 2016 annual report and a key strategy that will continue to inform CCAFS going forward.

CCAFS outcomes reflected deep engagement with major multilateral and bilateral development agencies and national or sub-national governments in 2016. CCAFS and partners enabled investment in evidence-based climate-smart agricultural development projects in East and West Africa, developed and ensured usage of tailored seasonal climate and weather forecasts to inform farmers’ decision-making in Latin America, and applied research and analysis to form ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions to climate change mitigation, such as in Vietnam, and call for gender-inclusive climate change policies, as the African Group of Negotiators has done.

The private sector is a crucial partner for ensuring sustained rapid change in agriculture. In this report, we see the private sector providing critical services to allow scaling of climate-smart village strategies to thousands of communities in South Asia and supporting climate change adaptation and resilience in the coffee and cocoa value chain in multiple producer countries. CCAFS is continuing to build relationships with traditional private sector partners in agriculture, and we aim to become more deeply involved in credit, banking, insurance and finance.

The paper “Reducing emissions from agriculture to meet the 2°C target” included 34 authors from 6 CGIAR research centers and 14 other institutions. It has become the most communicated article ever published by the prestigious Global Change Biology journal. A special issue on gender, climate change and agriculture in the journal Gender, Technology and Development brought together 13 researchers representing diverse fields to cover how information and communication technology, insurance, labor-saving technologies, etc. influence women’s – and thus households’ – resilience and adaptation ability.

The power of partnerships is vast, as are the increasingly urgent climate change adaptation and mitigation challenges faced by smallholder farmers. In Phase II we have to achieve even more – partnerships are central to that ambition.

Bruce Campbell
Program Director
CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change,
Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)