CGIAR Platform on Agriculture and Health

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  • 1. CGIAR Platform on Agriculture and Health Joachim von Braun Director General International Food Policy Research Institute Geneva June 25, 2007
  • 2. Overview 1. What is our platform? 2. Conceptual framework 3. Main issues 4. Priority-setting 5. The way forward Joachim von Braun, IFPRI, June 2007
  • 3. 1. What is our Platform ? • Late 2004, CGIAR working group on agriculture and health was formed • April 2006, Platform on Agriculture and Health Research was endorsed by the CGIAR Alliance Executive (the 15 centers) and welcomed by the Science Council of CGIAR • We focus on agriculture – health linkages that are relevant for the poor Joachim von Braun, IFPRI, June 2007
  • 4. CGIAR - A Strategic Alliance • Created in 1971 • 64 public and private members - Including 25 developing and 22 industrialized countries • 4 Cosponsors (World Bank, FAO, IFAD, UNDP) • 15 CGIAR Centers • Key products –Knowledge, technology, policy, services • Partners in academia, civil society, private sector, and national ag. research institutions (North and South) • 8,500 scientists and staff Joachim von Braun, IFPRI, June 2007
  • 5. The Global CGIAR Joachim von Braun, IFPRI, June 2007
  • 6. What is our platform? Not just parallel extraction and burning of existing knowledge Not this Joachim von Braun, IFPRI, June 2007
  • 7. What is our platform? creating new knowledge… …by bringing the research communities of agriculture and health to more productive harmony Joachim von Braun, IFPRI, June 2007
  • 8. …and who and how? • Agriculture and health researchers • Development partners / investors Operational aspects of the platform [virtual, lean, open, network mode; research implementation through existing mechanisms] Joachim von Braun, IFPRI, June 2007
  • 9. Conceptual framework Joachim von Braun, IFPRI, June 2007
  • 10. 3. Main issues Distinguishing between “big issues” and “main issues” for the platform “Big issues” of agriculture and health • Producing the needed food and providing access to it • Agriculture, urbanization and health • Sustainability of food and water systems and health Joachim von Braun, IFPRI, June 2007
  • 11. Land use, productivity and health the next “green revolutions” Joachim von Braun, IFPRI, June 2007
  • 12. Urbanization, food system, and health Joachim von Braun, IFPRI, June 2007
  • 13. Agriculture, energy, consumption, climate change and the health environment Joachim von Braun, IFPRI, June 2007
  • 14. “Main issues” of agriculture and health research Some preliminary priorities:  Nutrition, Diet, and Health  Food Supply Chains and Food Safety  Water Management and Water-Borne Diseases  Animal diseases, Avian Flu and Livelihoods  HIV/AIDS (and …) and Nutrition and Agriculture Suggestion: Focus on “main issues” while keeping the “big issues” in the background Joachim von Braun, IFPRI, June 2007
  • 15. 4. Priority-setting ? Determine priorities by exploring opportunities and synergies between …: Diet and nutrition Low-cost, high- quality foods Value chain Food safety management of food safety Water-associated Irrigation, water diseases quality Joachim von Braun, IFPRI, June 2007
  • 16. Priority-setting (cont.) HIV/AIDS Agriculture and livelihood Avian flu Animal health Occupational health, Labor, agriculture child labor (livestock productivity, poverty- disease, crop reduction through disease, pesticides) agriculture growth Joachim von Braun, IFPRI, June 2007
  • 17. 5. Way forward from this meeting Help to set priorities [for the CGIAR and for the global agriculture – health research community (criteria)] Help to coordinate research on agriculture and health [with a focus on the linkages between the two sectors] Joachim von Braun, IFPRI, June 2007
  • 18. …Way forward Desired products of the platform: - Proposals for research - Team formations - Funding strategies developed - Monitoring of progress in agriculture and health research Joachim von Braun, IFPRI, June 2007