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CGIAR Fund Council Chair visits ICRISAT

 
   
  CGIAR Fund Council Chair Rachel Kyte addresses ICRISAT management and staff during her visit to
ICRISAT-Patancheru.
 

Under the new CGIAR reform process, agricultural research-for-development (R4D) priorities and initiatives will be geared towards generating more outcomes and impacts that benefit the poor. The CGIAR system will advance its mission to help reduce global poverty and hunger, improve human health and nutrition, and enhance ecosystem resilience through cutting edge international agricultural research, partnership and leadership.

These views were shared by CGIAR Fund Council Chair Rachel Kyte during her visit to ICRISAT- Patancheru on 19 October. Speaking before ICRISAT management and staff and representatives from sister Centers, Ms Kyte stressed that while “agriculture is once again on top of the development agenda, donors and funders need to be convinced that investing in agricultural R4D will yield better value for their money and will benefit more people than ever before.”

“We need to better communicate the impacts of investing in R4D with some degree of certainty, on how our research has contributed to increased yields and farm incomes of smallholder farmers and the attainment of food and nutrition security, has reduced the vulnerability of agriculture to climate change, and has built a more sustainable and resilient environment,” Ms Kyte added.

As ambassador and champion for the CGIAR, Ms Kyte said that she needs stories to tell on how research results have yielded evidence-based CGIAR contributions to development that will help the System gain more funding support.

The new CGIAR, according to Ms Kyte, will foster more effective partnerships with a wider range of organizations than ever before – strong national agricultural systems, advanced research institutions, civil society organizations and the private sector.

She pointed out gender issue as a priority area – noting that a more inclusive approach to gender in research leads to better impacts such as improved nutrition and livelihoods, poverty alleviation, and development in general. Overcoming malnutrition should also be a critical component of research programs, and is a high priority among donors.

Ms Kyte also acknowledged ICRISAT’s R4D activities during her visit, noting the Institute’s outstanding facilities and programs. She expressed a better understanding of the need for long-term funding to sustain the gains made by research. The new funding scenario, according to her, will be multi-year and flexible.

She also spoke about improved governance and management of centers and the whole system through the CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs), designed as the key instrument to achieve greater alignment of research outputs with the four strategic system level outcomes (SLOs) namely: reduction of rural poverty, increase in food security, improving nutrition and health, and more sustainable management of natural resources.

Through her visit and personal interactions with teams in the field, she committed to bring forward and champion the successes of ICRISAT’s research for development programs.

Director General William Dar led the Management Group, senior scientists/staff and representatives of partner centers in welcoming and receiving Ms Kyte, who is also World Bank (WB) Vice President for Sustainable Development, to ICRISAT Patancheru. She was accompanied by Ms Fionna Douglas, WB Communications Manager; Mr Juergen Voegele, WB Director for Agriculture and Rural Development; Mr Jack Stein, WB Director for South Asia Sustainable Development, and Ms Laura Taylor-Kale, WB Special Assistant to the VP.

 
FC Chair Rachel Kyte at the pearl millet demo plot.   Briefing at the groundnut demo plot.
 
Poster viewing at the chickpea demo plot.   At the Platform for Translational Research on Transgenic Crops (PTTC).
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