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Peace, Rural Development, and Prosperity through agriculture research for development


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50 years of CIAT partnership with the United States of America

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Peace, Rural Development, and Prosperity through agriculture research for development

  1. 1. Peace, Rural Development, and Prosperity through agriculture research for development: 50 years of CIAT partnership with the United States of America Ruben Echeverria April 2017 Cali, Colombia
  2. 2. Thank you! USAID, USDA, Land Grants, … Great partners in Research for Development Impact.
  3. 3. Great ideas – do not require fancy formatting 1966: A Farsighted Proposal Building on the success of the Green Revolution, Dr. Lowell S. Hardin of the Ford Foundation, and Dr. Lewis M Roberts of the Rockefeller Foundation proposed the establishment of an international research center for Tropical Agriculture to be headquartered in Palmira, Colombia.
  4. 4. CIAT Passports: Global networks for research impact Steve Beebe Bean Breeder Biofortification CIAT’s bean breeding program targets nutrition, health, through increased iron and zinc. Improved varieties reach across Latin America and the Caribbean and Africa.
  5. 5. CIAT Passports: Global networks for research impact Jennifer Twyman Gender Specialist Creating equal opportunities and improving rural development. Strengthening gender equity and women empowerment. CIAT has been working on these issues for years. Today, gender research focuses on women’s contribution to agriculture and the rural economy.
  6. 6. CIAT Passports: Global networks for research impact Mark Lundy Market Systems, Producer Alliances Inclusive markets for economic development Making smallholder agriculture more market-oriented and competitive by developing tools and knowledge to strengthen value chains, while also working with the private sector to promote inclusive business models.
  7. 7. CIAT mission for food security and rural development impact
  8. 8. CIAT and the SDGs – environmental, social, and economic welfare for all
  9. 9. CIAT is a CGIAR Research Center
  10. 10. CIAT and the CGIAR – partnership for global impact CIAT leads CCAFS and shares the coordination of HarvestPlus, and in 2017 launched the new Platform for Big Data in Agriculture CIAT also contributes importantly to other CGIAR research programs, building more fundamentals of sustainable food futures.
  11. 11. CIAT in Review: 2016-2017 Annual Report
  12. 12. CIAT 50 years: Moments and milestones Steve Beebe coins the term Biofortification See more:
  13. 13. Why @CIAT • Global reach across tropics • Local focus linked to government, research, NGO, and producer partners • Innovation engine targeting agricultural and livelihood impact • Food systems focused – producers, nutrition, health, consumers • Integrates climate, environment, social dynamics, gender, soils, and biotech solutions • Strong partnerships with global research institutes 15
  14. 14. CIAT in Colombia: 50 years working for a more productive, inclusive and sustainable countryside  Genetic improvement of crops Increase yields, biofortification as a strategy for public health and food security.  Promoting resilient agriculture in the face of climate change Agro-climatic forecasts and management options provided to growers.  Creating environmentally sustainable agriculture I. Supporting development of NDCs. II. Sustainable intensification of livestock systems. III. Landscape restoration and conservation.
  15. 15. CIAT in Colombia: 50 years working for a more productive, inclusive and sustainable countryside  Establishing models for inclusive and sustainable businesses for producers and markets I. Analysis of productive alliances and vulnerable areas. II. Establishment of multi-actor platforms and definition of sectorial strategies. III. Performance indicators.  Evaluating impacts of technology on producer’s income and their families I. Income. II. Wellbeing. III. Women’s empowerment. IV. Sustainability.
  16. 16. Cacao in Colombia: Promoting cacao for post- conflict development Cacao for Peace CIAT is contributing to a clear strategy for improving the supply chain and producers’ competitiveness by: I. Mapping climate suitability and investment options for Cacao. II. Identifying barriers and options to access high-value markets. III. Increasing productivity, quality and value of smallholder production. Gene sequencing Colombian cacao CIAT worked with Granja Luker and Yale University to sequence 14 varieties of Colombian cacao. This genetic sequencing has the potential to enable Colombian producers to be more productive while supplying with a variety of flavors, aromas and colors to specific markets.
  17. 17. 4/24/2017 19 Future Seeds: Global knowledge hub for crop diversity, research and knowledge exchange
  18. 18. Supporting rural development: • Improved varieties for new markets • Income generation • Food & nutrition security Future Seeds and its relevance to post-Conflict Colombia This will require a strong agricultural production base and a learning hub for training in key areas.
  19. 19. CIAT has strong networks in Colombia
  20. 20. • Assist USAID/USDA to implement post conflict agenda in Colombia • Showcase USA research and technology in Future Seeds project • Support knowledge exchange: • Exchange with American research institutions and universities • Students internships and post-doc placement • Co-development, and implementation of rural development projects • Topics: Resilience to Climate Change; Markets and Producer Alliances; Ecosystem Services; Restoration of Degraded Landscapes; Silvopastoral Systems; … CIAT has a broad mandate, global networks, and focus on innovation in agriculture and rural development Growing a USA-CIAT Partnership
  21. 21. CIAT: your research and development partner in the field, and around the world.