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  • 1. Association of InternationalResearch and DevelopmentCenters for Agriculture• A newly-formed alliance with 9 founding members• Focused on improving global food security by supporting smallholder agriculture within healthy, sustainable & climate-smart landscapes• Combined turn-over in excess of US$ 200 million p.a.• >60 member countries comprising >70% of population• On-going R&D activities in all major geographic regions & ecosystem types
  • 2. Context• Increasing demand for 4Fs to satisfy 9 billion people• Only sustainable through an innovative systems approach to agricultural development• Balancing the imperative to increase yields/outputs whilst securing the sustainability of the production environment• Address the challenge of improving global food security by disseminating science-based development solutions
  • 3. AIRCA members have• Expertise across range of ecosystems & substantive crop diversity• Core competencies in health of humans, plants, animals & landscapes• Integrated & holistic approaches to solving development problems at scale• Ability to respond rapidly & efficiently in the face of new problems• Established partnerships with the CGIAR, FAO etc.
  • 4. Intended outcomes Healthy landscapes - healthy plants, people & animals living in a healthy environment• Delivering impact at the agriculture- environment nexus• A concerted effort by a global alliance with a common vision• Holistic approach to solving problems in smallholder agriculture & agricultural ecosystems• Be a greater voice with which to influence key policy fora• Offer innovative & consolidated approaches to development partners
  • 5. Commitments: Within existing resources• Each AIRCA Centre has its own budget, with no external donor funding to support the AIRCA alliance• During 2012, each centre contributed to AIRCA using existing funds• Envisaged that the centres will use additional seed funds in 2013 to develop a resource mobilisation strategy• A web portal will be developed through which donors and partners
  • 6. Commitments: With additional support• Undertake a detailed analysis of current programs & projects, and map to those of the other AIRCA centres to identify gaps & inconsistencies i.e. a needs assessment• Information used to generate a prioritised list of demands for solutions to problems in smallholder agriculture & agro- ecosystems• Develop AIRCA’s first collaborative funding proposal, addressing one or more of its prioritised thematic areas, with an emphasis on partnerships, dissemination and outreach, for submission to donors• Facilitate AIRCA adding value to other existing/on-going initiatives within the Consortium such as the CRPs
  • 7. Commitments: With large-scaleinvestment• AIRCA will catalyse demand-driven, multi-sectoral, multi- centre programmes at the landscape scale, targeting key ecosystems where the alliance has unique expertise• AIRCA would seek to improve the quantity & quality of farm outputs, reduce losses due to pests & diseases, introduce new varieties and raising the value of farm outputs• Innovative communication approaches would be used to reach communities, linking them to markets, micro-finance and micro-insurance so as to improve the economic, as well as biological, sustainability of these regions• These programs would seek to complement or integrate with relevant CRPs, in partnership with the CGIAR, FAO and national partners