An update on CGIAR reform: reinvigorating global research on agriculture
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Policy Seminar presentation at IFPRI on 24 July 2012 by CGIAR CEO Frank Rijsberman

Policy Seminar presentation at IFPRI on 24 July 2012 by CGIAR CEO Frank Rijsberman



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  • In 2011, the CGIAR Fund was successful in pooling significant resources for research priorities, despite the fact that many CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs) were approved only during the year and a few were in their initial stages of implementation. By the end of 2011, the CGIAR Fund had received a total of $378.8 million and disbursed $251.3 million, demonstrating strong commitment by donors to the new CGIAR. As of December 31, 2011, contributions from six Fund Donors (China, Finland, South Africa, Morocco, Bangladesh, and Thailand) were still in process.
  • Based on IFPRI analysis, to maintain momentum of international agricultural research to support expanding regional and national agricultural productivity, investments in the CGIAR need to increase at least 4.2% annually to reach 1.6 billion by 2025.

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  • An update on CGIAR reform:reinvigorating global research onagricultureFrank Rijsberman, CEO CGIAR Consortium, July 24, 2012
  • Overview• CGIAR Reform: much is accomplished• Food Security: the greatest challenge facing humanity in coming decades• Is the CGIAR up to the challenge?• CGIAR Reform: the last mile, what will it take• Performance Management• Partnerships• Gender, Agrobiodiversity, Capacity Building
  • CGIAR Reform in 2012• CGIAR Consortium – constitution signed by 15 members– single organization representing 15• CGIAR Fund – 60+ donors coming together - Joint Agreement & increasing contributions• CRP Portfolio: 15 (+1) programs instead of 3000 projects (moving from 3000 to 300)• Major achievements in just 2-3 years• The tools are available to “finish the job”• Are we done? No, last mile is critical
  • Success bred Decades of Neglect for Agriculture• Abundant food and record low food prices led to steady erosion of investment in agriculture• For example: ODA for Agriculture: – 1980s: over $20 BN – 2006: as little as $3 BN – 2011: slowly climbing back up to $9 BN• Increasing food prices & price spikes of 2008, 10, 11 served as harsh wake-up call
  • Global Cereal Yield Trends, 1966-2009 2009 5 corn: 1.3% Corn yield Grain yield (t ha ) -1 -1 slope = 64 kg ha y -1 4 1966 (~1 bu ac-1 y-1) rice: 1.3% Rice yield -1 -1 slope = 53 kg ha y 3 corn: 2.8% wheat: 1.4% Wheat yield rice: 2.9% 2 -1 -1 slope = 40 kg ha y wheat: 2.9% 1 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010Source: FAOSTAT Year
  • Stagnating yields for rice in Korea, Japan, and China; wheat in northwest Europe and India; maize in China, and irrigated maize in the USA. Grassini et al., 2011. FCR 120:142-152 Cassman, 1999. PNAS, 96: 5952-5959 8 8 12 USA-irrigated Rice Wheat MaizeGrain yield (t ha ) 10-1 6 R.Korea 6 Northwest Europe China 8 USA-rainfed 4 Indonesia 4 China 6 4 China 2 India 2 India 2 Brazil 0 0 0 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 Year Year Year Cassman et al., 2003, ARER 28: 315-358 Cassman et al., 2010, Handbook of Climate Change
  • Greatest Challenge Facing Humanity• Producing 70% more food by 2050 without destroying the environment• Yields are plateauing, price increases lead farmers to put more land under the plough than during Green Revolution – dead end street• Have to get yields up – requires increased investment in agriculture, particularly research to drive S&T based innovation
  • Importance of Smallholder farmers• Low income developing country: 50% GDP and 80% employment from agriculture – mostly smallholder farmers (<2ha), majority women – total 500 million globally• Over 70% of 1.4BN poor live in rural areas• Over 75% food insecure in rural areas• With food 80-90% of household budget, very vulnerable to price spikes; 2010-11 spikes pushed 44M people into poverty
  • What will it take?• Massive increase in investment: – Africa: +$21BN/YR ($7BN public) – CGIAR: 2013: $1BN; 2020: $1.6BN (+0.5%/yr yield growth)• Holistic approach – ecological intensification – Life science revolution: bred germplasm – Delivery to farmers in farming systems – Access to markets, supply chains, cut losses
  • Delivering on the Vision: SRF and CRPs
  • Desired outcomes of CGIAR Reform FROM TO  Clear vision with focused priorities that respond to Mission creep and trying to do everything global development challenges Duplicative mandate of the Centers without clear  Centers that collaborate, work toward the System System-wide vision and strategy for impact agenda and priorities, and deliver impact Complex and cumbersome governance and lack of  Streamlined and effective System-level governance accountability with clear accountability Static partnerships that are not enabling scalable  Strong and innovative partnerships with NARS, the impact and research adoption private sector and civil society that enable impact Lack of coordination among investors  Strengthened, coordinated funding mechanisms that are linked to the System agenda and priorities Declining core resources  Stabilization and growth of resource support Greater impact on food security and poverty reduction 11
  • Integration and2011 transformation CGIAR Consortium CGIAR FundUSD 673 million Reform2010 15 CGIAR Centers 64 Members, includingUSD 673 million 25 from the developing world Rethink2000 16 CGIAR Centers 58 Members, includingUSD 331 million 22 from the developing world Expansion1990 16 CGIAR Centers 40 Members, includingUSD 235 million 6 from the developing world Multidisciplinary1980 13 CGIAR Centers 35 Members, includingUSD 123 million 4 from the developing world Disciplinary1971 4 CGIAR Centers 18 MembersUSD 20 million
  • A strategic partnership dedicated to advancing science to address the centraldevelopment challenges of our time: • Reducing rural poverty • Improving food security • Improving nutrition and health • Sustainably managing natural resourcesIts research is carried out by 15 International Agricultural Research Centers,working in close collaboration with hundreds of partners worldwide.
  • Partnership at all levels CGIAR System Level (e.g. Fund, Cons, ISPC, IEA) Resources, Science Evaluation Partnership Partnership CONSORTIUM (Shared Voice) Strategy, Services Leadership Center CRPResearch Focus Staffing, Partners Infrastructure Partnership
  • Overview of CGIAR Fund inflows and outflows from December 2010 to December 2011 Window 1 Window 2 Window 3 Provisional TotalReceived 252.7 51.1 63.0 11.9 378.8Disbursements 159.5 30.2 61.6 251.3Fund Balance 93.2 20.9 1.4 11.9 127.52011 Contributions inProcess* 1.3 1.5 3.9 6.6 * Funds were received but Contribution Agreements had not been signed by 12/31/2011, or Contribution Agreements were signed by year end, but funds were not received in 2011.
  • Contributions in the Fund as of May 15, 2012 Australia BMGF Canada China Denmark Finland France $17.45m $31.42m $15.58m $1.60m $8.49m $3.84m $1.72m IDRC India Total Receipts: Ireland Italy Japan Korea Luxembourg $6.49m $2.67m USD 423 million $2.60m $1.93m $1.81m $0.29m $0.83mNetherlands New Zealand Nigeria Norway Portugal Russia Spain $7.89m $2.01m $0.38m $19.95m $0.63m $8.50m $0.95m Sweden Switzerland Turkey United Kingdom United States World Bank $33.42m $15.53m $0.5m $103.26m $33.58m $100.00m
  • Increased and Sustained Investment: Doubling of CGIAR funding in five years (2008-2013) 1,100 CGIAR Total Funding Trends Nominal and in 1972 dollars 1,000 1,000 900 855 800 766 700 725 600US$ million 500 400 300 200 1972 dollars, 121 100 20 0 Actual, Nominal 1972 dollars Target _____ projected, nominal
  • Increased and Sustained Investment:Doubling of CGIAR funding in five years (2008-2013) 1,800 Expected Funding Trends 2005-2025 1,611 1,600 1,400 1,393 1,200 1,000US$ million 1,000 907 813 800 855 766 600 725 400 200 121 0 2005 2007 2009 2011 2013 2015 2017 2019 2021 2023 2025 Actual, Nominal 1972 dollars Target Projected, nominal Linear (1972 dollars)
  • Institutional Cost Rate (a.k.a. overhead)CGIAR average 2004: 24% 2008: 19% 2005: 21% 2009: 17% 2006: 20% 2010: 19% 2007: 20% 2011: 16%Goal: 2015: 13% (+2 % system cost)Declines due to: - Implies improving efficiency - Revised calculations (more items direct charged) - Larger budgets overall
  • CGIAR Reform: last mile• SRF: – SLOs lack metrics – System lacks priority setting – Still risk of “micro management” / high transaction costs• CRP portfolio: – too much constructed looking in rear view mirror – outcomes: hundreds of them & too granular• Partnerships: unfulfilled expectations
  • Remaining reform priorities1. Making the CRPs a focused set of 15(+1) programs that are an attractive investment portfolio with clear outcomes, demonstrated value for money, and effective but efficient monitoring and impact assessment2. Fulfilling the partnership promise: opening up the CGIAR so that partnership expectations match self assessment
  • How?1. Performance Management System – developed through SRF Action Plan2. Partnerships: – Partnership Perception Survey: 2012 baseline – CAADP-CGIAR mapping and alignment process3. Cross cutting issues: – Gender Research: implementation starts in 2013 – Agrobiodiversity conservation: workshop now – Capacity Strengthening: strategy coming4. Efficiency drive for Consortium operations
  • Performance Management• ISPC White Paper on Priority Setting June 2012• System level priority setting – “top down”: – Targets for system level impacts – Intermediate Development Outcomes for System• CRP level priority setting – “bottom up” – IDOs for CRPs – contribution to SLOs – Value propositions – value for money• Consortium: changing CGIAR funding system to paying for performance: outcomes delivered
  • TimelineOctober ‘12/ GCARD2 / Punta del Este:• SRF Action plan for discussion and adoption• “Design” of Performance Management System• First set of CRP outcomes, based on current statusMid 2013:• System level priorities• “negotiated” outcomes at CRP level• PMS ready to roll in 2014
  • Concluding• The CGIAR reform is already a major institutional achievement -“just in time” for renewed focus on food security as top priority• Centers are growing again – 30-40% this year• CRPs are beginning to make a difference• We know we have urgent “last mile” work left to be done to ensure the CGIAR reform really delivers on its promise: delivering impact against the four key system level objectives
  • GRiSPPotential impact (2035)• cut rice expenditures by the poor by $11BN• lift 150 million people out of poverty• alleviate malnutrition for 70 million people
  • Livestock and FishPotential impacts in 10 years:• dairy and pigs: doubling productivity and incomes• aquaculture: double national production (Uganda)• goats and sheep: increase productivity to double incomes
  • Climate Change, Agriculture and Food SecurityFour themes:• Adaptation through managing climate risk• Adaptation to progressive climate change• Pro-poor climate mitigation• Integration for decision-making