The Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) will take a leading role in advancing the global climate-smart agriculture (CSA) movement at the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) in Abu Dhabi this week. Representatives from this consortium of international agricultural research centers, working in over 96 countries to deliver science-based solutions for a food-secure future, will explore the technical innovations currently available, and analyse investments needed to take to the next phase of combating climate change.
CGIAR Consortium CEO, Frank Rijsberman will chair a high-level panel discussion on the need for universal adoption of CSA approaches. He will champion the approach of ‘systems research’ that takes a holistic approach to combatting climate change.
“Climate-smart solutions can deliver multiple benefits, such as reducing hunger and poverty as well as improving resilience to climate change and protecting natural resources. It is important to see the whole picture, the whole system at work, in order to understand trade-offs, optimise synergies and enhance overall productivities,” says Dr. Rijsberman.
Systems research is designed to operate at different scales – from the farm and surrounding landscape to the province, agro-ecological zone or even region. It aims to understand the trade-offs, optimise the synergies and enhance overall productivities, with the farmer at the center of the approach. Its central focus is on the sustainable intensification of farming systems, including the improvement of social and ecological resilience, and the maintenance of ecosystems integrity.
In a roundtable discussion, aimed at those working in the nexus where science meets policy, CGIAR will also explore current opportunities and challenges countries face, demonstrate examples of science-based solutions and ask what additional information is needed to make an impact at national and regional levels.
“The nexus between food security, climate change adaptation and sound environmental management is one of the grand challenges of the 21st century,” comments Bruce Campbell, Director of CGIAR’s Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). “We must work together to set priority areas to invest in future innovation”, he futher says.
The session will focus on how to get from research to action and will present different country-led solutions for South-South learning (from Africa and S. Asia), and the crops/genetic traits needed to combat climate change.
CGIAR is a global partnership that unites organisations engaged in research for a food-secure future. CGIAR research is dedicated to reducing rural poverty, increasing food security, improving human health and nutrition, and ensuring more sustainable management of natural resources. It is carried out by the 15 centers that are members of the CGIAR Consortium in close collaboration with hundreds of partner organisations, including national and regional research institutes, civil society organisations, academia, and the private sector.