GCARD2. Breakout session P1.1 National Food Security – Speaker Brief. The contribution of the Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP) to global food security

The Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP) – with over 900 partners from among international research institutes, national academia, development agencies and donors, extension services, private sector, NGOs and civil societies - develops new rice varieties with increased yield potential, enhanced tolerance and resilience against biotic and abiotic stresses, and enhanced grain quality and nutritious value.

GCARD2. Breakout session C1.1 Public Investments – Speaker’s Brief. Agricultural Science and Technology Indicators (ASTI)

ASTI collects primary data for low- and middle-income countries through national institutional surveys and in recent years has collected detailed quantitative data on a large number of South Asian and sub-Saharan African countries. In efforts to fill some of the geographical gaps for other regions, ASTI has been collaborating with the GFAR, AARINENA, APAARI, CACAARI, FORAGRO and a network of national partners to collect additional data for the development of an accurate assessment of public agricultural R&D spending at the global level.

GCARD2. Breakout session P2.2 Land, Water, Forests and Landscapes - Speaker Brief

The adaptation and adoption of conservation agriculture (CA)-based crop management through innovative techniques like reduced soil movement, adequate surface retention of crop residues and economically viable and diversified crop rotations are the way forward to address the emerging challenges mentioned above. This could help in ensuring sustainable food security and offer several environmental benefits in sustainable way. This is relatively a new strategy to deal with food security and environmental degradation in unfavourable agriculture system.

GCARD2. Breakout session C1.2 Public-Private-Civil Mechanisms for New Investments Session Briefing Paper

This GCARD Session will help to improve knowledge about public-private-civil partnerships in agricultural research. Discussion will focus on what models and mechanisms exist, learn from experiences and define some critical elements of a successful partnership. The session outcomes will articulate how GCARD stakeholders can move forward in improving public-private-civil cooperation in agricultural research for development.

The Futures of Agriculture. Brief No. 01. Sustainable Food Consumption and Production in a Resource-constrained World

This brief series was developed in preparation for the Foresight Breakout Session of the Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD 2012) and the Global Foresight Hub1. The briefs were written to communicate to a wider audience, such as policy makers, civil society organizations, researchers, and funders. The briefs were classified into three categories: Future Studies, Regional Update, and Visioning.

GCARD2. Breakout session P2.2 Land, Water, Forests and Landscapes - Speaker Brief - More effective actions for the Aral Sea

In the region of central Asia and Caucasus (CAC), collection, assessment and sharing of information on water and land resources, previously under central command of the Soviet Union, have been fragmented during the past decades. In fact, the regional program has supplemented an important role in supporting and facilitating data assessment and knowledge sharing. The presentation will highlight some results from the recent assessments of water resources and climate change impact, ground water storage capacity as an alternative water

GCARD2. Breakout session P2.2 Landscape Partnerships—Linking Research and Action on Agriculture, Land, Water, and Forests – Speaker’s Brief

The CGIAR Research Program No. 6: Forests, Trees and Agroforestry: Livelihoods, Landscapes and Governance (CRP6), brings together four of the world’s leading research centers in their respective subjects: the World Agroforestry Centre, CIFOR, CIAT and Bioversity International —together with their partners, data, resources and experience and channels them toward a clear objective: enhancing the management and use of forests, agroforestry and tree genetic resources across the landscape from forests to farms.

GCARD2. Breakout session P1.2 Household Nutrition Security: Speaker Brief - Helen Keller International food-based models, Essential Nutrition Actions (ENA)

HKI’s food-based models integrate nutrition, agriculture and health sectors at the community and household levels. Working with local NGOs and local government partners, we establish community-based extension services (demonstration farms and farmers) to reach underserved poor and extreme-poor farmers. Intensive nutrition/gender training and IYCF counseling is integrated into the agriculture-service system. Increasingly, these are also hubs to address women’s marketing, post-harvest processing and building income-generation skills.

GCARD2. Breakout session P1.1 National Food Security – Speaker Brief - Farmer involvement in scaling-out impacts on major crops

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) is an initiative that works across African countries to improve the productivity and sustainable production of smallholder farmers, the majority of who are women. AGRA strives to effect change across the entire agriculture value chain through integrated programs that ensure smallholders have what they need to succeed – good seeds, healthy soils, robust markets, information, financing, storage, and effective policies.