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The DryArc Initiative

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Dr. Jacques Wery, Deputy Director General Research, ICARDA (CGIAR)
28 October 2019. On the occasion of the 10th Africa Food Day Commemoration, held in Egypt under the chairmanship of the African Union by Egypt in 2019, the North Africa event, organized by LEAP4FNSSA with the support of ARC/ Agricultural Research Center of the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, launched a public private alliance of partners between Europe and North Africa to develop joint food and nutrition security research and innovation projects within the Africa-EU Partnership

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The DryArc Initiative

  1. 1. DryArc: a CGIAR initiative for Systemic Innovation in the Drylands. 28 October 2019 Prof. Jacques WERY (DDG-R)
  2. 2. 2 Agro-ecosystems Area (m ha) % Irrigated systems 312 15 Rainfed systems 512 25 Agropastoral systems 873 43 Desert farming Potential 342 17 DryArc Region: Combining four agro-ecosystems
  3. 3. 3 High unemployment, unrest and migration Food and nutrition insecurity Demographic changes, gender inequality Land degradation and desertification Loss of agrobiodiversity High water scarcity and low efficiently Double impact of climate change; increasing temperature and reducing precipitation Urbanization and heat islands The Perfect Storm on the DryArc Region Conflicts and Fragility Malnutrition High Population Land Degradation Loss of Biodiversity Water Scarcity Climate change
  4. 4. We need to move faster Only 10 harvests before 2030
  5. 5. Accelerate scaling-up Combined knowledge ICARDA IWMI ICRISAT IITA IFPRI ILRI WF CIMMYT Technology development & Transfer NARS Others Research centers RuralCommunities Support decision making DryArc a Global partnership for the Drylands CSIRO ICBA CAAS Farmer communities Cooperatives /FPOs … ARCINRA IRESA • research partnership • strengthen resilience of rural communities and agri-food systems • systemic solutions • through designing, implementing, scaling out and building capacity Privatesector NGOs … ICAR … SMEs Start- ups Companies …
  6. 6. Knowledge Co-design with stakeholders Two complementary pathways to transform agri-food systems Countries and Institutions Science Practice Scaling systemic innovation Capacity
  7. 7. Module 1. Combine knowledge of proven technologies to design systemic innovations 7
  8. 8. 8The DryArc Initiative A Global Interface Co- learning Apply research Guide research Improve Systemic Innovation Co-/Re- design Out-scale and upscale Ex ante and ex post assessment Sustainable development Adaptation to climate change Share knowledge Policies Co-Innovation Integrate Implement Module 2. Accelerate scaling-up of impactful targeted innovations
  9. 9. Module 3. Continuous integration of innovations 9
  10. 10. Family Country Region Field Landscape Farm Desert farming Agro-pastroral systems Rainfed systems Irrigated systems Livestock Digital Augmentation for better informed decisions at multiple scales 10 Pillar 4. Enabling institutional environment (decision-making, M&E, capacity, investment)
  11. 11. DryArc: a global partnership for the Drylands of Africa 11

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