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The BecA-ILRI Hub: Realizing the promise!

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Presented by Jimmy Smith at the BecA Hub Donor Consultation, Nairobi, 13 December 2011

Presented by Jimmy Smith at the BecA Hub Donor Consultation, Nairobi, 13 December 2011

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  • 1.
      • The BecA-ILRI Hub
      • Realizing the promise!
      • Jimmy Smith
      • ILRI Director General
      • BecA Hub Donor Consultation
      • 13 December 2011
      • ILRI, Nairobi, Kenya
  • 2.
      • POINTS TO PONDER
      • The nature of the challenge
      • Relying of past evidence
      • What are the opportunities
      • Grasping the opportunities
  • 3.
      • The nature of the challenge
      • The wake up call of the 2008 food price crisis
      • Malthus (1798) turning in his grave
      • The global food security challenge in summary
      • 2.5 B more people by 2050
      • 70% more food by then
      • 80% by productivity gains
  • 4. Additional Grains 1048 million tonnes more to 2050 human consumption 458 million MT Livestock 430 million MT Monogastrics dominate biofuels 160 million MT
  • 5.
      • The nature of the challenge
      • Reversing the investment performance
  • 6. OFFICIAL DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE PUBLIC SPENDING (Sub-Saharan Africa) AGRICULTURE 4% RURAL 75% AGRICULTURE 4% WORLD POOR
  • 7. Early 1990s Early 2000s Official development assistance (ODA): 17% World Bank lending: 30% Official development assistance (ODA): 12% World Bank lending: 15% Official development assistance (ODA): 4% World Bank lending: <10% … but overall ODA has not recovered World Bank and bilateral investments recovering ….. but very slowly
  • 8.
      • The nature of the challenge
      • Food Security –the particular case of Africa
      • Production increasing but lags behind population growth
      • Unsustainable heavy reliance on imports
      • Neglect of agriculture –especially livestock
  • 9. Increasing….except in Sub-Saharan Africa World Bank 2007
  • 10. AFRICA IS A GROWING NET IMPORT REGION
  • 11.
      • Relying on past evidence
      • This challenge was dealt with before
      • Technology played an enormous part
        • Mechanical
        • Biological-Mendel’s contribution (1865)
        • Chemical
      • Ford and Rockefeller Foundations –the CGIAR –the Green Revolution
      • Is the creation and funding of BecA the African equivalent in history?
  • 12.
      • What are the opportunities
      • The world is relying on Biotechnology this time
      • We can do things faster and with more precision
      • Can maize be made as water efficient as sorghum?
      • From C3 to more C4 crops ( wheat, rice etc.)
      • Develop vaccines for ECF, CBPP, ACF, PPR etc
      • Boran with milking performance of Jerseys?
  • 13.
      • What are the opportunities
      • The facilities to conduct such science is brought to Africa through the BecA hub at a scale that could have an impact
      • Capacity can be built among African scientist in sufficient numbers to make a difference
      • Leverage the expertise and agenda of other CGIAR centres
      • Facilitate-catalyze-add value-leverage the work of others –particularly of CAADP partners
  • 14.
      • Grasping the opportunity
      • Create ownership and alignment with NEPAD/CAADP (include in governance)
        • Develop explicit agenda setting mechanisms and processes
      • Expand the core funding base
        • CAADP Africa agenda
        • NARS flagships
        • Universities
      • Put in place an accountability framework that inspires confidence
        • Donors
        • Partners
      • More harmonious intra and extra-institutional working relationship

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