WEBINAR: Global investment gap in agricultural R&D

23 June 2021Global investment gap in agricultural R&D. WHAT INVESTMENT IN INNOVATION IS NEEDED FOR TRANSFORMING AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS IN THE GLOBAL SOUTH? | WEBINAR 5 by CCAFS

the UK—as part of its COP26 Presidency—engaged a new campaign ‘Transforming Agricultural Innovation for People, Nature and Climate’ to catalyse a step change in agricultural innovation.
This component of the COP26 Nature Campaign is co-chaired by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).
This session is part of a Transforming agricultural innovation – webinar series of 5 webinars

The session provided:

  • an opportunity for participants to question and discuss the estimates, and also share their views on the highest priority areas for investment. How far is global investment in innovation today from where we need to be to support a transformation in the agricultural system to meet the SDGs and climate goals? 
  • the latest global, regional and country estimates of the ‘investment gap, by experts from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)’ and the Commission on Sustainable Agriculture Intensification (CoSAI).

Speakers:

  • Summary of the previous webinar(s) – Donald Menzies, National Expert, CGIAR System Office, seconded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)
  • Welcome by Chair – Uma Lele, CoSAI Commissioner and President Elect, International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE)
  • What is the investment gap for innovation to promote transformative change in agricultural systems in the Global South? – Mark Rosegrant, Research Fellow Emeritus, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Panel reacting to evidence review and results

  • Moderator – Uma Lele, CoSAI Commissioner and President Elect, International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE)
  • Vara Prasad, Director, SAI Innovation Lab
  • Sara Mbago-Bhunu, Regional Director, Southern and Eastern Africa, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
  • Preet Lidder, Technical Adviser, Office of the Chief Scientist, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • Closing – Rachel Lambert, Senior Livelihoods Adviser, UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)

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