Flagship 1: Engagement, synthesis and support

Project description

The core team in the Flagship for Priorities and Policies for CSA engage in a wide range of supportive activities that bolster the work of the projects, partners and Centres. These include leading a Learning Platform on ex-ante impact assessment and priority setting, liaising with IFPRI and the World Bank, conducting foresight and policy analyses, and capturing and synthesising knowledge gained from across regions and projects.

The Learning Platform on ex-ante evaluation aims to bring a consistent and coherent climate change lens to priority setting in Centre and CRP programs and projects, so that foresight is enhanced and steers CGIAR strategy to ensure future relevance. The Learning Platform helps address ex-ante evaluation of climate-smart practices, technologies and policies, helps set realistic CSA targets, and interfaces with CRP breeding programs and foresight modelling work. The work will contribute to developing information concerning what is “climate-smart” in different contexts and at different scales, identifying appropriate baskets of different interventions for different situations, and defining thresholds for system and livelihood transformation.

The Flagship synthesis project also supports other policy and priority projects with communications assistance to promote research outputs and works to draw lessons from across projects to help inform future directions of research and engagement.

Project Activities

Flagship 1 communications and engagement work will home in on a variety of activities that aim to:
• Highlight and promote the ongoing F1 work to key audiences.
• Work with CCAFS Regions and other flagships, as well as key partners, to disseminate information and communicate about ongoing research and project work.
• Support policy engagement by creating F1-related comms and outreach materials that target policy makers and knowledge brokers.
• Manage and share data and knowledge

This activity covers the overall management, coordination, and synthesis towards the implementation of the F1 impact pathway. This includes:
• Strategic planning and management for CCAFS as a whole and for F1 in particular.
• Periodic reviews/adjustments of the F1 impact pathway.
• Coordination with all projects contributing towards the F1 impact pathway.
• Coordination with all regions and other F1 to harmonize and coordinate projects/activities.
• Management of key partnerships.
• Representation of CCAFS and the Flagship at international fora.
• Adaptive management of the impact pathway, monitoring and evaluation and documentation of learning, and impact assessment.
• Program management, including administration and financial management, as well as partnership management, internal communications, logistics.

The CSA Team at the World Bank is tasked with the mainstreaming of CSA across the WB’s portfolio. The team advises task teams on the development of CSA projects globally and also facilitates the WB CSA Global Solutions Group. In addition, the team works to advance the thinking on and conceptualization of CSA in cooperation with internal stakeholders and outside partners and participates in international fora as needed, to achieve this. This activity supports a liaison role on synergies development, particularly from a CSA policies perspective, between the WB and CCAFS (FP1 in particular). Key objectives:
• Provide an operational link between CCAFS and the WB in service of the mainstreaming and operationalization of CSA across the WB agriculture portfolio.
• Assist in increasing the uptake of relevant CGIAR research in WB operations.
• Support knowledge generation on lessons learned in the area of CSA policies.

One of F1’s three clusters of activities is on “ex-ante evaluation and priority setting for climate-smart options”, one of six learning platforms in CCAFS. Its purpose is to help coordinate climate change work across CRPs, addressing the ex-ante evaluation of climate-smart practices, technologies, and policies, and helping to set realistic CSA targets. What is “climate smart” is largely determined by context, along with the trade-offs and synergies for specific target groups in differing enabling environments. The work will interface with CRP breeding programs and foresight modelling, revolving around downscaled climate data, regional climate outlooks, and appropriate prioritization frameworks. It will also provide support on integrating climate in breeding strategies so that the next generations of crops, livestock, and fish contain the abiotic, biotic and nutritional quality traits required to make agriculture climate-smarter.

This activity revolves around the need for stakeholders to better understand the institutional environment and governance systems in which climate-smart agriculture and food systems can be taken to scale, going beyond regional and global policy processes to consider other institutions and actors that shape discourse and power relations, and institutional change. As a result, planning and investments are being targeted towards specific stakeholders, information flows are being fostered between national, regional and global actors, and local voices are being considered in regional and global fora.

Climate risk analyses and climate resilient development pathways to be undertaken for the SADC region

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