Assn. of Int'l Research & Development Centers for Agriculture (AIRCA)

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AIRCA (Association of International Research and Development Centers for Agriculture) is a nine-member alliance focused on increasing global food security by supporting smallholder agriculture within healthy, sustainable and climate-smart landscapes.

The combined expertise of AIRCA centers cover a large spectrum of the research for development continuum including agrobiodiversity, agroforestry, integrated pest management, drought-tolerance crops, natural resource management and the conservation and use of underutilized species.

For more information, please visit the official website of AIRCA at http://www.airca.org/

The nine-member alliance comprises of:
AVRDC – Asian Vegetable Research and Development Center
CABI – Centre for Agriculture and Bio-Sciences International
CATIE – Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center
CFF – Crops for the Future
ICBA – International Center for Biosaline Agriculture
ICIMOD – International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development
ICIPE – International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology
IFDC – International Fertilizer Development Center
INBAR – International Network for Bamboo and Rattan

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    3. 3. 3Members Key Facts 9 independent centers > $200 million funding Supported by major donors andfoundations Member country ownership(>60 countries, >70% world population) Activity in all major geographic regionsand ecosystem types Proven track record ofresearch, development andimplementation across a wide range ofcrops and ecosystems AVRDC CABI CATIE CFF ICBA ICIMOD icipe IFDC INBAR
    4. 4. Alleviation of poverty and malnutrition in thedeveloping world through the increased productionand consumption of safe vegetablesImproves people’s lives by providing information andapplying scientific expertise to solve problems inagriculture and the environmentContributes to rural poverty reduction by promotingcompetitive and sustainable agriculture and naturalresource management, through highereducation, research and technical cooperationHelps partners to generate, synthesise and promoteknowledge on neglected and underutilised crops for thebenefit of the poor and agricultural sustainabilityAchieving greater water, environment, income and foodsecurity through research and development that aims toimprove agricultural productivity and sustainability inmarginal environments by improved and better access totechnology, improved germplasm, policies, and strategies4
    5. 5. Focuses on increasing productivity across the agriculturalvalue chain in developing countries by the creation andtransfer of effective and environmentally sound crop nutrienttechnology and agribusiness expertiseHelps alleviate poverty, ensure food security and improve theoverall health status of peoples of the tropics by developingand extending management tools and strategies for harmfuland useful arthropods, while preserving the natural resourcebase through research and capacity buildingEnables and facilitates the equitable and sustainable well-being of the people of the Hindu Kush-Himalayas bysupporting sustainable mountain development throughactive regional cooperationImproves the well-being of the producers and users ofbamboo and rattan within the context of a sustainable bambooand rattan resource base5
    6. 6.  Focus on increasing food security throughdevelopment of interdisciplinary solutions to theexisting and emerging challenges of smallholderagriculture. An approach that emphasizes:◦ Direct interactions with farmers, NARES, NGOs and privatesector◦ Scientific assessment of the effectiveness of existingmanagement practices and technologies◦ Research and development on staple and non-staple foodcrops for diversified and sustainable diets and productionsystems◦ Integration of activities concerning health of people, plants,animals and landscapes◦ Knowledge generation, exchange, access and transfer
    7. 7.  Key role at development end of R&D continuum Focus on putting research into use Member country linkages and mandate Engagement with regional networks and policy makers Delivery through partnerships with local, national, regionaland international organisations Broad spectrum science-based capacity development forimpact Problem and demand driven, not technology push
    8. 8.  Complementary research partnerships – specialistcapabilities and resources Novel strategies to transform scientific outputs intopolicies, approaches and tools for uptake Platforms, locations and networks Catalysing innovation to deliver developmentimpact at scale Creating and mentoring public/private partnerships Addressing critical gaps and niches
    9. 9. Improving smallholderproductivityHealthy landscapes Soil fertility management Water utilization,prevention and adaptationto salinization Crop diversity Losing less of what wegrow Integrated cropmanagement Supporting good health andbetter nutrition Multiple scales Multifunctional systems Integrated planning Preserving environmentalservices Protecting biodiversitySupport Helping farmers putresearch into use Mainstreaming gender Respecting indigenouscommunities and theirknowledge Providing evidence ofimpact Governance structures,institutions and policiesBetter nutrition, increased incomes, greater opportunityImproved quality of life, greater social stability9

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