Research and Innovation for a Decade of Action
This CGIAR side event at the 2021 World Food Prize will highlight the role of research and innovation in achieving sustainable and resilient food systems. The panel will highlight how the CGIAR’s portfolio of new initiatives can help transform food systems and will explore research and innovation priorities across different regions and sectors.
Key points for discussion will include…
- How have partnerships been effective tools for countries to respond to challenges related to food security, nutrition, agriculture, and other food systems issues? What role has research played in these partnerships?
- How can research organizations and other stakeholders support country efforts to transform their food systems
- How can demand for healthy, sustainable diets be supported? What are the existing barriers to achieving this, and what tools are needed to overcome those barriers?
- What resources are necessary to identify, develop and scale up innovations to meet our food system challenges?
Global Engagement and Policy
CGIAR GENDER Platform
ESTRELLA PENUNIA BANZUELA
Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development
Union Minister of State
Vice President for Agriculture, Human and Social Development African Development Bank
Global Engagement and Innovation
ULRIK VESTERGAARD KNUDSEN
Deputy Secretary-General Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
Resilient Agri-Food Systems
Strategic Advisor Innovation, Scaling and Stage-gating
Global Director, Systems Transformation, CGIAR
Director General, IFPRI-CGIAR
Global Lead for Nutrition and Public Health
2021 World Food Prize Laureate
Genetic Innovation, CGIAR
Director General, CIP-CGIAR
CGIAR’s new portfolio prospectus of initiatives
Poll question for audience: In one to three words, what does “transforming agri-food systems” mean to you?
Questions to panelists
- Question 1: How important were local partnerships and communities in highlighting the importance of nutrition in children’s first 1000 days? How did local partnerships advance your work?
- Question 2: We’ve heard from various national agriculture research systems (NARS) that there is a strong need for new “outside-of-the-box” solutions to global and local challenges. In your opinion, what does “outside-of-the-box” mean, and what are some enabling factors needed to create these new and innovative solutions?
- Question 3: What is the biggest challenge smallholder farmers face and what can CGIAR do to help them?
Ma. Estrella Penunia Banzuela
- Question 4: When it comes to scaling up to provide nutritious and accessible diets for all, what is the role that smallholder farmers can play?
- Question 5: Women play large roles in global agri-food systems but are not easily recognized for their efforts. What are some of the most effective ways to improve this situation or what do you think women working in agriculture need?
- Question 6: Although creating multi-year projects with the aim of transforming agri-food systems is quite an ambitious undertaking, what are some benefits of this approach?
Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen