40th CGIAR Anniversary, FAO, 2 December 2011                                Kevin CleaverI am pleased to join you all in c...
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Remarks at the Celebration of 40th Anniversary of CGIAR, from Kevin Cleaver, Associate Vice-President of Programmes at IFAD

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Remarks at the Celebration of 40th Anniversary of CGIAR, from Kevin Cleaver, Associate Vice-President of Programmes at IFAD

  1. 1. 40th CGIAR Anniversary, FAO, 2 December 2011 Kevin CleaverI am pleased to join you all in celebrating the 40th anniversary of thenewly reformed CGIAR. The CGIAR is an organisation with a more robustand efficient architecture and an array of approved CGIAR ResearchProgrammes (CRPs) representing a diversity of world-wide public andprivate partnerships. These promise to improve the effectiveness andimpact of our RforD investments.IFAD has a strategic partnership with the CGIAR system. It was a co-sponsor in the old system and will be active in the Fund Council of thereformed CGIAR in the future. IFAD has invested grants worth more thanUS$200 million in research led by the CGIAR. In strategic alliance with theEuropean Commission (EC) to support the CGIAR, IFAD has alsoadministered more than US$235 million of EC funds to GCIAR centres. In2010, 30 per cent of our large grants were for CGIAR-managedprogrammes. This reflects IFAD’s conviction that agricultural productivitygrowth will be a key ingredient, though not the only one, to thedevelopment of smallholder agriculture and the key role the CGIAR playsin enhancing agricultural productivity.IFAD’s support for CGIAR-led research has focused on agriculturalinnovation targeted to smallholder farmers, and on capacity building ofpartners in national programmes. Partners have included civil societyorganisations and farmer groups, as well as national agriculture researchand extension systems. IFAD support has mainly involved adaptiveresearch for the development and diffusion of sustainable agriculturaltechnologies. Research supported by IFAD usually involves commodities ofimportance to rural poor people – such as cassava, cowpeas, yams, smallruminants, agriculture in resource poor environments, and policyresearch.IFAD was involved in the CGIAR Change Programme, co-leading theChange Steering Team (CST) and was a member of the Working Groupthat proposed the new funding modalities for the financing of the CGIARagenda. We are particularly happy with these new CGIAR fundingmodalities. We strongly support the independent evaluation of the system,the introduction of programme performance contracts, and the creation of 1
  2. 2. a Fund Council; key outcomes of the CGIAR reform. In terms of strategicpartnerships, IFAD will maintain its strong engagement with the GlobalAgricultural Research community, including through the GFAR platform.We believe that CGIAR partnership with a broad spectrum of global R&Dstakeholders, is important. These include CSOs, farmer organisations, andthe private sector as well as governments. The partnerships help makeCGIAR research more pro-poor.IFAD is therefore happy to work with the "newly reformed" CGIAR and willexplore the most relevant and efficient modalities for supporting the workof the Consortium of CGIAR Centres and their partners.Finally, I wish you all success in your endeavour to continue to facilitatethe development of, and investment in, a practical and dynamicpartnership-driven agenda. If managed well the CRP agenda promises tomake agricultural research increasingly effective in transforming the livesof poor rural people – particularly those who labour hard on roughly 500million smallholder farms throughout the developing world.Thank you. 2

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