CIAT and CGIAR
CIAT’s research feeds into the collective agenda of CGIAR – a global partnership for a food-secure future. As one of the CGIAR Consortium’s 15 center members, CIAT leads the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and shares in the coordination of HarvestPlus, which is a major part of the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health. Both programs demonstrated the power of innovative science and out-of-the-box thinking over the last year. CIAT contributed importantly to other CGIAR programs as well, opening diverse pathways to development impact.
CCAFS: On Track for Impact
The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) underwent significant reorientation in 2014, with a sharpened focus on developing detailed theories of change and impact pathways, and ensuring that all activities are linked to clear indicators of progress. The program is on track to reach ambitious outcome targets by the end of 2015.
HarvestPlus: Modern Crop Science Meets Popular Culture
High-level policymakers from around the world – attending the 2nd Global Conference on Biofortification in Kigali, Rwanda – committed themselves in early 2014 to making nutrient-rich foods widely available to developing country consumers over the next several years. With more than 1 million farmers already producing such foods, the goal is to reach more than 100 million people suffering from micronutrient malnutrition by 2018. The question now is how to achieve this ambitious end. Fortunately, HarvestPlus – the CGIAR program dedicated to developing and promoting such foods – has some very good answers.