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GCARD2. Breakout sessions P2.1: Sustainable Use of Biodiversity - CGIAR Perspectives on Agro-Biodiversity Research - Speaker's brief

In this paper/presentation addressing CG perspectives in research on agro-biodiversity, the focus and emphasis is on the plant dimension of agricultural biodiversity, with particular emphasis on the in situ conservation and on-farm management and use of agro-biodiversity.

GCARD2. Breakout session P1.1 National Food Security – Speaker Brief – The Wheat Initiative – an International Research Initiative for Wheat Improvement

The Wheat Initiative1 aims to encourage and support the development of a vibrant global wheat public-private research community sharing resources, capabilities, data and ideas to improve wheat productivity, quality and sustainable production around the world.

GCARD2. Breakout session P3.1: Innovation for Better Livelihoods – Briefing paper

The farmers, fishers and herders who live on less than US$1.25 per day live complex, highly adaptive lives where individual technical solutions in and of themselves have limited impact. Recognizing this complexity and the importance of working with stakeholders to understand and design solutions that work for them, a diversity of approaches founded in participatory action research have been developed including notably the concept of Integrated Agricultural Research for Development (IAR4D).

GCARD2. Breakout Session P2.1 Sustainable Use of Biodiversity. Briefing Paper

The problems being addressed in this session are related to ensuring global food and nutrition security, as well as promoting resilience in production systems and delivering ecosystem services through agricultural biodiversity. Whole landscape management approaches embody biodiversity management, use and conservation across landscapes and ecosystems, while also harbouring biodiversity at species and intra-species dimensions.

GCARD2. Breakout Session P2.2 Land, Water, Forests and Landscapes – Session Brief

The current and future food security of South Asian countries has twin challenges of resource fatigue and decelerating productivity growth of food grain crops. Realizing the importance of these issues not only at national level but also at regional level, the regional NARS (Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan), CGIAR centres and the key donors together launched a common regional platform as Rice-Wheat Consortium for the Indo-Gangetic Plains (RWC) in May 1994 which is led by NARS and facilitated by CGIAR centres in the region.

GCARD2. Breakout session P3.3 Rebuilding Livelihoods in Post-Conflict and Protracted Crisis Countries: Results of the Kigali Workshop on Strengthening Capacity for Agricultural Innovation

Agricultural research and development (AR4D) systems are basic to finding the long-term solutions to the sources and motors of recurrent crises. AR4D in post-conflict and protracted crises countries invariably suffers from poor research infrastructure and financial means, high staff turnover and loss, weak regional and international collaborative research ties, and virtually in-existent intra-country collaboration between research, universities, producer organisations and the private sector.

GCARD2. Breakout session P2.2 Land, Water, Forests and Landscapes. Landscape Partnerships - Linking Research and Action on Agriculture, Land, Water, and Forests – Session Briefing Paper

Communities worldwide have begun adopting integrated landscape management approaches that work deliberately to support food production, ecosystem conservation and rural livelihoods across landscapes mosaics. While researchers working on landscape and ecosystem processes fully recognize the importance of crop intensification and crop researchers recognize the critical role of landscape and ecosystem processes in sustainable and resilient crop environments, there is still not a coherent research framework that links the two in ways that guide research priorities and strategy.

GCARD2. Breakout session C1.1 Public Investments – Speaker Brief - CGIAR Fund investment trends

As a key aspect of the CGIAR reform, the CGIAR’s multi-donor trust fund was formed to pool and harmonize donor funding to support research priorities. By focusing on impact and results, the Fund aims to attract larger contributions from more diverse sources and improve the quality of funding by making it more predictable and secure, ensuring research continuity, ever greater efficiency, and better returns to investments, creating a virtuous cycle.

GCARD2. Breakout session C1.3 North-South and South-South Collaborative Actions – Session Brief

This session will: 1)Take stock of North – South and South – South collaboration in agricultural research for development based on recent dialogues and conferences on the topic 2) Identify the main constraints that have limited both North-South and South – South collaboration in agricultural research for development, and 3) propose collective actions for South-South Collaborations through regional fora and organizations and groupings such as G20, BRICS, IBSA as well as the roles of regional development and the World Bank.

GCARD2. Breakout session C1.3 North-South and South-South Collaborative Actions – Speaker Brief CAADP-CGIAR Alignment

In spite of the latent important mutual benefits flowing from their stronger coordination and alignment, CAADP and the CGIAR have remained largely disconnected. In order to overcome this shortcoming three principal actors in CAADP and the CGIAR, namely: (i) the relevant CAADP institutions (Africa union commission, NEPAD agency, FARA and sub-regional research organisations (ASARECA, CORAF/WECARD and CCARDESA)); (ii) the CGIAR consortium, and (iii) funders that support both CAADP institutions and the CGIAR; launched the CAADP-CGIAR alignment initiative.