Why dry areas should invest massively in innovation to ensure food security

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Keynote speech by Frank Rijsberman at the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA), February 3, 2014, Abu Dhabi

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Why dry areas should invest massively in innovation to ensure food security

  1. 1. Why dry areas should invest massively in innovation to ensure food security Frank Rijsberman, CEO CGIAR Consortium Keynote speech, GFIA Abu Dhabi, February 3, 2014
  2. 2. Source: CIFOR flickr collection. Growing food requires much more water than all other uses combined
  3. 3. Source: WorldFish Flickr Collection Enhancing the ability of communities in dry areas to improve their livelihoods
  4. 4. Source: Financial Times. How can dry areas ensure food security if they are food importers?
  5. 5. Source: CIAT Flickr Collection. AR4D: the engine that drives innovation
  6. 6. CGIAR: the world’s leading agricultural research partnership
  7. 7. Source: Gates Foundation flickr collection. We have to ensure that children receive plenty of nutritious foods
  8. 8. Source: IRRI flickr collection. Producing resilient crops in arid conditions
  9. 9. Source: IRRI flickr collection. C4 plants: increasing yield, water and nitrogen use efficiency by 30-50%
  10. 10. Source: CIFOR flickr collection. Re-greening desolate landscapes and delivering results to millions of farmers
  11. 11. Source: CIFOR flickr collection. Doubling maize yields in Malawi by planting fertilizer tree species
  12. 12. Source: CIFOR flickr collection. Ug99: preventing disasters for millions
  13. 13. Source: IITA flickr collection. Reducing aflatoxin contamination in farmers’ fields and the store by up to 90%
  14. 14. Source: CIAT flickr collection. Adapting precision agriculture techniques to the needs of low income farmers
  15. 15. Source: CIAT flickr collection. Finding tomorrow’s climate adaptation solutions today
  16. 16. Source: CIAT flickr collection. Agricultural research for a food-secure future
  17. 17. THANK YOU www.cgiar.org

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